Monkey Planet (BBC)

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Nature Documentary hosted by George McGavin, published by BBC in 2014 - English narration

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Our primate family is incredibly varied and surprising. From the ninja tarsier, a spring-loaded ambush predator the size of a tennis ball, to the magnificant herds of geladas in the mountains of Ethiopia, primates have adapted to environments across the planet.

[edit] Meet the Family

Dr George McGavin gets up close and personal with Siswi, an orangutan who uses soap to improve her personal hygiene. He strips off to experience the mind-numbing cold of the Japanese Alps, and heads 100 metres underground to a secluded monkey dormitory. Then there are baboons with a thirst for flamingo flesh; macaques with criminal minds; fluorescent mandrills who wear war paint to do battle; and Ardry, a real-life gremlin who sees the unseeable with her extraterrestrial fingers.

[edit] Family Matters

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.

[edit] Master Minds

Our primate cousins are much smarter than you might imagine. Just like us they use tools, solve problems, and even have emotions. George witnesses the largest monkey party in the world, goes to orangutan school in Sumatra and meets a bonobo that can light a fire to toast its own marshmallows. In Thailand long-tailed macaques floss their teeth with human hair. Chimps pass on customs through generations and in India adrenaline fuelled monkeys take extreme sports to a surprisingly human level.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 19 (~3470Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frames Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: Q=0.41 VBR 48KHz (~132Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 1.52 GB (average)
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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