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Monkey Planet Episode 2 of 3

The key to primate success is that, like us, most species live in close-knit family groups. How do you choose your friends, learn from those around you and know who to trust? We explore the complex world of primate social lifestyles.

In Peru, emperor tamarin males are conned into childcare, while vervet monkeys in South Africa have a sophisticated alarm system to warn for predators. Elsewhere, George has a very close encounter with some hunting chimpanzees.

But living in families is not always easy; in Gibraltar, barbary macaques steal babies to impress their boss. Hamadryas baboon males in Ethiopia rule with an iron fist, and in matriarchal ring-tailed lemur societies the girls have to fight pitch battles with babies in tow.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 7 May 2014 00:50
BBC Two Northern Ireland only


Role Contributor
PresenterGeorge McGavin
Executive ProducerChris Cole
Series ProducerJo Shinner
ProducerGavin Boyland
Production ManagerPauline Gates

Monkey Planet's world map

Monkey Planet's world map

Take a global tour with the primates featured in the series.

Meet the cast

Meet the cast

Discover some fascinating facts about the primates featured in Monkey Planet.

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