A closer look at the traits of primates; including their intelligence and their ability to learn.
Hamadryas baboons battle with a rival clan, settling old scores and stealing females as they fight. Also, there’s a class divide between macaque monkeys that sees some being turned out into the cold.
A look at a family of gorillas, including the protective father and the playful offspring. Also, a group of tarsiers, the only carnivorous primate, split up to hunt.
Lar gibbons use their musical voice, newborn Phayre’s leaf monkeys use their colour and male lemurs use their pungent smell in order to communicate with their respective species.
An orang-utan mother will spend up to nine years teaching her daughter the ways of the forest.
The Chacma baboons must time the tide right in order to gather nutrients while the white-faced capuchins, and their Brazilian cousins, both crack a food related problem.
A small community of chimpanzees use tools in a variety of ways; including using a palm tree leaf as a pestle and a rock as a hammer.
The crew found they shared a great affinity with chimpanzees when they filmed them in their natural habitat.
Uakari: leap of faith
Struggling to film uakaris living in the tree-tops, the Life team finally got a glimpse of their spectacular trapeze act.Earth explorers: see the uakaris' aerial manoeuvres
The bald uakari is one of the world's most rare and least studied primates.
The Sumatran orangutan is the most endangered of the two orangutan species. They are devoted mothers that look after their young for longer than any other primate except humans.Wildlife Finder: watch an orangutan mother schooling her young
Hamadryas baboons have a fairly complex social structure. They live in troops of up to 400 individuals. Each of these troops is subdivided into harems of about ten females governed by individual males.Wildlife Finder: watch what happens when two troops go to war
Japanese macaques are the most northerly-living non-human primates. One way they cope with the cold, mountainous conditions in the Japanese Alps is by bathing in hot springs.Wildlife Finder: watch these primates sheltering from the cold
Lar gibbons are extremely good climbers and can be seen effortlessly swinging through the tree top canopies in China and south-east Asia.Wildlife Finder: watch footage of these kings of the swingers
Phayre's leaf monkey
Usually grey in colour, Phayre's leaf monkeys are brightly coloured when they are young. This can be very helpful for the adults who have babysitting responsibilities.Wildlife Finder: watch these attention-grabbing youngsters
Lemurs have pointed snouts and wet noses. This indicates that they use their sense of smell more than most other primates. In fact, ring-tailed lemurs use smells as communication tools for a number of tasks, from attracting mates to marking territory.Wildlife Finder: watch footage of these smelly primates
Tufted capuchins are highly intelligent monkeys that have developed cunning techniques of tool use to crack open palm nuts.Wildlife Finder: watch tufted capuchins cracking nuts open
- David Attenborough
- Martha Holmes
- Executive Producer
- Michael Gunton
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