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Protecting Primates | Primates

Premiere: 11/18/2020 | 00:00:35 |

More than half of the world’s primates are under threat. Meet the scientists making groundbreaking discoveries to safeguard their future.

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More than half of the world’s primates are under threat. Meet the scientists making groundbreaking discoveries to safeguard their future. In Malaysia, conservationists are building bridges to help dusky langurs cross busy roads. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, rangers face danger while trying to protect mountain gorillas. Conservationists in Borneo help prepare 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.


About the Series

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 Primates.

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 science. Uncover 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 areas, and 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, experience the lar gibbons’ canopy world from their perspective — a filmmaking first.

Episode 1, “Secrets of Survival,” premiered Wednesday, November 4

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 capuchins, counted among the smartest animals in the world, teach 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,” premiered Wednesday, November 11

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.

Episode 3, “Protecting Primates,” premiered Wednesday, November 18

More than half of the world’s primates are under threat. Meet the scientists making groundbreaking discoveries to safeguard their future. In Malaysia, conservationists are building bridges to help dusky langurs cross busy roads. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, rangers face danger while trying to protect mountain gorillas. Conservationists in Borneo help prepare 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
VICTORIA BUCKLEY

PHOTOGRAPHY
STUART DUNN

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
ANDREW THOMPSON
JAMES ALDRED
NICK BALL
NANANG SUJANA
PETCH JULAJAKS

SOUND AND AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
ZUBIN SAROSH

FILM EDITOR
STEFANIE WATKINS

EDIT ASSISTANT
MARIANNE SMITH

COLORIST
FRED TAY

ONLINE EDITOR
MICHAEL LANSDELL

POST PRODUCTION & GRAPHIC DESIGN
DOGHOUSE POST PRODUCTION

AUDIO POST PRODUCTION
WOUNDED BUFFALO SOUND STUDIOS

SOUND EDITORS
JONNY CREW
OWEN SHIRLEY

DUBBING MIXER
HANNAH GREGORY

ORIGINAL MUSIC
ADAM LUKAS AND DENISE SANTOS FOR BLEEDING FINGERS MUSIC

SCORE PRODUCER
RUSSELL EMANUEL

SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANT
DR RUSSELL MITTERMEIER

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE PROVIDED BY
THE PAN AFRICA PROGRAMME: THE CULTURED CHIMPANZEE
THE MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR EVOLUTIONARY ANTHROPOLOGY
LWIRO PRIMATE REHABILITATION CENTRE
GETTY IMAGES
ARCHIPELIGO FILMS

LOCATION ACCESS PROVIDED BY
BUDONGO CONSERVATION FIELD STATION
ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND
UGANDA NATIONAL FORESTRY AUTHORITY
DURRELL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION TRUST
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY OF TANZANIA
VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK
INDONESIAN MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTRY
YUASAN JEJAK PULANG
BALITEK KDSA
FOUR PAWS

RESEARCHERS
ABI BROWN
CAMILA COELHO
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

ORIGINAL PRIMATES PRODUCTION FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
THE HITE FOUNDATION
DORIS R. AND ROBERT J. THOMAS
BRADLEY L. GOLDBERG FAMILY FOUNDATION

ORIGINAL NATURE PRODUCTION FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
ARNHOLD FOUNDATION
SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III
THE FAIRWEATHER FOUNDATION
KATE W. CASSIDY FOUNDATION
KATHY CHIAO AND KEN HAO
FILOMEN M. D’AGOSTINO FOUNDATION
CHARLES ROSENBLUM
SANDRA ATLAS BASS
LILLIAN GOLDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

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