Camila Coelho

I am biologist currently working on my PhD.

This is a joint project at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Durham University (UK). I spent the last 2 years living in the Serra da Capivara National Park following wild groups of tufted (or bearded) capuchins in the dry Brazilian Savannah. My research is aimed at understanding how a new behaviour is discovered and spreads throughout a social group.

I still find it hard to believe we managed to film such an incredible event
Camila Coelho

My first work with the BBC was on the series Life, where I helped the crews capture the extraordinary slow motion footage of capuchins using stone tools to crack nuts. For this series however I helped the team film even more amazing tool using behaviours.

The most extraordinary thing we captured on film though was the hunt of a rodent known as a punaré, and even involved a snake. I still find it hard to believe we managed to film such an incredible event.

The highlight for me is being able to share with everyone some of the incredible things Chico (my field assistant) and I usually see all on our own in those remote canyons. It’s great to see the monkeys and some of their remarkable behaviour so beautifully portrayed on the screen.

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