Clever Monkeys

About

Just how smart are monkeys? Their innate curiosity leads them to try new things, but it’s their culture — the passing of information from one generation to the next — that teaches them much of what they know. Their young learn by reaching out with their hands to experience the world around them, grasping new objects, slowly piecing together an understanding of their society. They learn from their families how to find food, communicate, recognize kin, even use tools, medicine, and language. It is these familiar actions that make monkeys so fascinating to humans. We can see ourselves in their faces, our nature in their actions.

NATURE travels around the world to visit some of these fascinating primates. From tiny pygmy marmoset in South America to aggressive baboons of Africa and compassionate toque macaques in Sri Lanka, Clever Monkeys challenges many ideas about what is purely “human.”

This film premiered November 9, 2008.

Production Credits Print

Television Credits

Narrated By
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Written And Edited By
MARK FLETCHER

Photography
MARTYN COLBECK
GAVIN THURSTON
JOHN WATERS
MARTIN DOHRN

Specially Composed Music By
JENNIE MUSKETT

Additional Musicians
JOHN PARRICELLI
PAUL CLARVIS
SONIA SLANY

Dubbing Editor
TIM OWENS

Dubbing Mixer
ANDREW WILSON

Colorist
JONATHON PROSSER

Online Editor
CHAS FRANCIS

Scientific Advisors
R.I.M. DUNBAR
SUSAN PERRY
FRANS DE WAAL
PAUL VOGT
JOSEPH CALL
JACINTA C. BEEHNER
ELIZABETTA VISALBERGHI
DENIS HILTON
CHADDEN HUNTER
WOLFGANG DITTUS
SANJIDA O’CONNELL
KLAUS ZUBERBÜHLER

Production  Co-Ordinator
JO AVERY

Production Manager
SALLY MARK

The BBC Wishes To Thank
ETHOCEBUS PROJECT
TAI MONKEY PROJECT
ANDY WHITEHEAD
CURU WILDLIFE RESERVE, COSTA RICA
BIOBRAZIL FOUNDATION
ADAM CHAPMAN
THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE
MARK LINFIELD

Series Editor
TIM MARTIN

© 2008 BBC All Rights Reserved

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
JILL CLARKE
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A co-production of Thirteen/WNET New York and BBC

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2008 Educational Broadcasting Corporation
All Rights Reserved

Web Credits

Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistance
DIANA COFRESÍ-TERRERO
CHIE WITT

Designer
JOY WEEENG

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Writers

for "Monkeys and Language" and "Monkeys and Medicinal Plants"
ANGELA SAKRISON

for "Monkeys and Emotion"
TANNER VEA

Photo for "Introduction" © Florian Möllers. Photos for "Photo Caption Challenge" and "Meet the Guenons" © BBC. Photo for "Monkeys and Language" by Trisha Shears, Creative Commons license. Photo for "Monkeys and Medicinal Plants" © Wiebke Lammers. Photo for "Monkeys and Emotion" (top) © Charlotte Scott. Other images from Clever Monkeys.

Thirteen Online is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York’s Kravis Multimedia Education Center in New York City. Dan Goldman, Executive Director, thirteen.org. Bob Adleman, Business Manager.