S39 Ep4

Family Matters | Primates

Premiere: 11/11/2020 | 00:00:35 |

Family is everything for primates. They have the most complex social lives of any animal group on the planet. Meet devoted monkeys’ uncles, playmate apes and tender troops.

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Family is everything for primates. They have the most complex social lives of any animal group on the planet. Meet devoted monkeys’ uncles, playmate apes and tender troops. Dusky leaf monkeys compete to babysit a bright orange infant and rally to defend him from a python. Gibbons learn treetop acrobatics with their playmates. In Sri Lanka, a single gray slender loris mother takes care of her twins— the most intimate video ever captured of the species. In the Amazon, an elder female spider monkey leads her troop to a unique food resource. See the first moving images of a Tapanuli orangutan mother and her infant, discovered to be a new species in 2017.


Welcome to the planet of the apes. Primates are called the highest order of animal on the planet. With their big brains, they are smart and adaptable; they use tools, self-medicate, hunt and swim. They are social and political, form hierarchies and friendships and can be very mischievous. Get to know the many species of primates, from the familiar chimpanzee and gorilla, to the more obscure species like the owl monkey, the tamarin, the barbary macaque and many more in the three-part miniseries Nature: Primatespremiering nationwide Wednesdays, November 4-18 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)pbs.org/primates and the PBS Video app.  

Filmed across the globe over two years on 28 filming expeditions, from snow-capped mountains to the hottest deserts, Nature: Primates combines family drama with the latest scienceUncover primates’ complex relationship dynamics, how they learn to hunt and feed, their courtship rituals and more. Discover the unexpected reason a silverback father chooses not to engage in gorilla warfare, watch macaques go bananas in pursuit of food in populated areasand learn why “King of the Swingers” is a gibbon title. 

Advances in technology allowed the team behind Nature: Primates to film several extremely rare or never-before-seen moments, including one of the first images of the bald uakari and the recently discovered Tapanuli orangutan. In Equatorial Guinea, one team spent more than two months camped on a remote beach to capture the most intimate images ever seen of a drill, one of the world’s least understood primates. In Sri Lanka, another crew captured the very first low-light color images of the elusive gray slender loris at night in the wild. In Malaysia, experiencthe lar gibbons’ canopy world from their perspective  a filmmaking first. 

Episode 1, “Secrets of Survival,” premieres Wednesday, November at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)pbs.org/primates and the PBS Video app.
Monkey see, monkey do. From baboons facing down leopards, to lemurs exploiting a jungle pharmacy or rhesus macaques charming their way to an easy life, discover the survival strategies used by primates, often in the most unexpected places. Bearded capuchinscounted among the smartest animals in the worldteach their young how to use tools in Brazil’s badlands. A silverback gorilla gives in to his softer side to raise his boisterous offspring in the Congo basin. Bush babies conduct an after-hours raid of a city zoo to find food in the South African winter.  

Episode 2, “Family Matters,” premieres Wednesday, November 11 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/primates and the PBS Video app.
Family is everything for primates. They have the most complex social lives of any animal group on the planet. Meet devoted monkeys’ uncles, playmate apes and tender troops. Dusky leaf monkeys compete to babysit a bright orange infant and rally to defend him from a python. Gibbons learn treetop acrobatics with their playmatesIn Sri Lanka, a single gray slender loris mother takes care of her twins the most intimate video ever captured of the species. In the Amazon, an elder female spider monkey leads her troop to a unique food resource. See the first moving images of a Tapanuli orangutan mother and her infant, discovered to be new species in 2017. 

Episode 3, “Protecting Primates,” premieres Wednesday, November 18 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/primates and the PBS Video app.
More than half of the world’s primates are under threat. Meet the scientists making ground-breaking discoveries to safeguard their future. In Malaysia, conservationists are building bridges to help dusky langurs cross busy roads. Ithe Democratic Republic of Congo, rangers face danger while trying to protect mountain gorillas. Conservationists in Borneo helprepare orangutan orphans for life in the wild. Two ecologists team up to locate some of Madagascar’s most elusive lemurs, and one renowned primatologist becomes the first person to see every genus of primate that exists.

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NARRATED BY
NYAMBI NYAMBI

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY
NICK EASTON

PHOTOGRAPHY
JACK HYNES
JAMES ALDRED
NICK BALL
STEVE FLANAGAN
JOÃO PAULO KRAJEWSKI
LINDSAY MCCRAE

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
GEMILANG DINI AR-RASYID
SANTIAGO CABRAL

FILM EDITOR
SAM ROGERS

EDIT ASSISTANT
MARIANNE SMITH

COLORIST
FRED TAY

ONLINE EDITOR
MICHAEL LANSDELL

POST PRODUCTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN
DOGHOUSE POST PRODUCTION

SOUND EDITORS
KATE HOPKINS
PAUL COWGILL

DUBBING MIXER
PETER DAVIES

AUDIO POST PRODUCTION
WOUNDED BUFFALO SOUND STUDIOS

ORIGINAL MUSIC
ADAM LUKAS AND DENISE SANTOS FOR BLEEDING FINGERS MUSIC

SCORE PRODUCER
RUSSELL EMANUEL

SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANT
DR RUSSELL MITTERMEIER

LOCATION ASSISTANCE
LIZ CAMPBELL
TIM FOGG
CHAMINDA JAYASEKARA

LOCATION ACCESS PROVIDED BY
GIBBON PROTECTION SOCIETY MALAYSIA
LANGUR PROJECT PENANG MALAYSIA
TROPICAL SPICE GARDEN MALAYSIA

SPECIAL THANKS
YAYASAN EKOSISTEM LESTARI – SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN CONSERVATION PROGRAMME

DIRECTOR
NIKKI WALDRON

ASSISTANT PRODUCER
VICTORIA BUCKLEY

RESEARCHERS
ABI BROWN
CAMILA COELHO

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT
AMY DOWNES

JUNIOR RESEARCHER
CHARLIE HEARST

PRODUCTION MANAGER
RACHEL HOLDEN

PRODUCTION COORDINATORS
JESSICA CHEN
SUSANNA PROUSE

PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE
SUSAN AARTSE-TUYN

HEAD OF PRODUCTION
MARIA NORMAN

COMMISSIONING EDITOR
TOM MCDONALD

SERIES PRODUCER
GAVIN BOYLAND

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
MICHAEL GUNTON

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

COORDINATING PRODUCER
JAYNE YOON JUNG JUN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAMES F. BURKE

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

DIGITAL LEAD
DANIELLE STEINBERG

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER – DIGITAL
AMANDA SCHMIDT

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
KAREN HO

AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT
CHELSEY SAATKAMP

BUDGET CONTROLLER
JAYNE LISI

ONLINE EDITOR
CHRIS GUIDO

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

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BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

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