Matthew Sweet discusses the ways we can think about our close association with primates

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In the last of Matthew Sweet's visits to ZSL London Zoo we consider our relations with our closest animal relatives - apes.

Daniel Simmonds, Keeper at ZSL London Zoo's Gorilla Kingdom, discusses the problems that come with looking after creatures so similar to but different from us. Unlike most other animals gorillas will integrate their keepers into their social structures. But how do you manage such a relationship with a social creature that can't understand what you say? Is any kind of mutual understanding possible at all?

Matthew picks up the theme with anatomist and anthropologist Alice Roberts, physician and philosopher Raymond Tallis and novelist James Lever. All three have dealt with the questions thrown up by human/primate relations in different ways. So what happens when you stare into the eyes of an ape?

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

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Thu 10 Oct 2013 22:00

Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts

Dr Alice Roberts at the Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy, University of Bristol.

Daniel Simmonds

Daniel Simmonds

Daniel Simmonds, head keeper at London Zoo's Gorilla Kingdom.

 

Image Credit: ZSL London Loo

Raymond Tallis

Raymond Tallis

Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel Monkey

A Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri) photographed at London Zoo.

 

Image Credit: ZSL London Zoo

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Sweet
Interviewed GuestRaymond Tallis
Interviewed GuestAlice Roberts
Interviewed GuestJames Lever
Interviewed GuestDaniel Simmonds

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