The Secret Life of Primates

Renowned primatologist Charlotte Uhlenbroek travels to East Africa and Asia to get up close and personal with humans' nearest relative. Using her skills, knowledge and expertise Charlotte unravels the complex social and sexual dynamics of four primate groups: mountain gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and baboons.

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  • Mountain Gorillas 4 of 4
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    December 9, 2009

    In Uganda's Bwindi Forest, primatologist Charlotte Uhlenbroek forages for food with mountain gorillas and witnesses the aggressive displays of the silverbacks.

  • Orangutans 3 of 4
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    December 2, 2009

    In Borneo, primatologist Charlotte Uhlenbroek learns the ropes - quite literally - at a school for orphaned orangutans and travels deep into the dwindling rainforest on a quest to catch sight of an adult male.

  • Baboons 2 of 4
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    November 25, 2009

    On the plains of Tanzania, Iintrepid primatologist Charlotte Uhlenbroek joins forces with a troop of wild baboons, infiltrating their society to discover an anarchic world of sex, politics and power struggles.

  • Chimpanzees
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    November 18, 2009

    Primatologist Charlotte Uhlenbroek travels to the planet's jungles and mountains to get up close and personal with some of the greatest wild primate groups. In the forest of Budongo in Central Uganda, home to around 700 Sonso chimpanzees, Charlotte builds a chimp nest to sleep high in the jungle canopy just like them. They are under threat from rival groups - can their leader, alpha male Nick, beat off the challenge and keep his community safe?