Why do these monkeys nurse each other’s babies? loading...
Why do these monkeys nurse each other’s babies?
Lactating and nursing costs a lot of energy. There must be some benefit to spending it on someone else’s infant.
These wild monkeys thrive in Florida—and carry a deadly virus loading...
These wild monkeys thrive in Florida—and carry a deadly virus
Descendants of theme-park escapees, a population of rhesus macaques in a Florida state park may soon double in size—a recipe for trouble.
Orangutan Grabbed a Woman—Here's the Likely Reason Why loading...
Orangutan Grabbed a Woman—Here's the Likely Reason Why
On a tour through the Sumatran rainforest, a woman was briefly held hostage by an orangutan that refused to let go of her wrist.
Can You Tell If This Monkey Wants to Bite? loading...
Can You Tell If This Monkey Wants to Bite?
A new study finds people get their facial expressions dangerously wrong.
These Monkeys Like Their Lovers Red loading...
These Monkeys Like Their Lovers Red
For certain macaque species, face colour matters.
Extremely Rare Albino Orangutan Found in Indonesia loading...
Extremely Rare Albino Orangutan Found in Indonesia
The foundation nursing the primate back to health says they have never taken care of an albino orangutan and cannot find others like it in the wild.
Orangutans Nurse For a Record-Breaking Amount of Time loading...
Orangutans Nurse For a Record-Breaking Amount of Time
The Southeast Asian apes suckle for longer than any other primate on Earth, a new study says.
A Baby Gorilla's Mom Was Killed, So This Woman Raised Him loading...
A Baby Gorilla's Mom Was Killed, So This Woman Raised Him
A surging trade in bush meat puts baby primates in peril when adults are killed by poachers.
This Nature Reserve Boasts Natural Beauty—and a Monkey Circus? loading...
This Nature Reserve Boasts Natural Beauty—and a Monkey Circus?
At Vietnam’s Can Gio reserve, a place where wildlife is supposed to be protected, monkeys are forced to jump over flames, walk tightropes, and ride bicycles.
How Sniffing Poop Helps Monkeys Stay Healthy loading...
How Sniffing Poop Helps Monkeys Stay Healthy
Like humans, mandrills of central Africa have strategies to avoid getting sick.
The World’s Snowiest Place Is Starting to Melt loading...
The World’s Snowiest Place Is Starting to Melt
The mountains of northwestern Japan have long received up to 125 feet of snow a year—but that's starting to change, prompting locals to ask how long it will last.
About the Show
Among the leafy avenues of an exclusive residential estate in South Africa, a turf war between rival gangs is breaking out. Battle lines have been drawn and teeth are bared. But, it is not humans leading the charge on this offensive attack; it is their primate cousins – the wily Vervet monkeys. This 5-part series follows the Pani troop of Vervet monkeys as they screech, bite and broadside their way to the top of the monkey pyramid in this real life monkey soap opera. What these Vervets lack in size, they make up for in resourcefulness and insatiable curiosity. Scaling rooftops and sneaking through windows, the Vervets have made Mt. Edgecombe – an exclusive residential club estate in Durban, South Africa – their personal playground. Like kids in a candy store, the Vervet monkeys of the Pani troop steal almost any food they can get their hands on, and a sugar rush has much the same effect on these little monkeys as on little humans. But life is about to get much more difficult for the Pani troop, as invading Vervets from the outside threaten to overtake the Pani territory. The troop must band together or risk losing everything. The Pani males are more interested in showing off their assets and securing their position in the male hierarchy than in guarding the troop. Will alpha female Bess and her Pani sisterhood be able to protect the Pani stake in Mt. Edgecombe from the streetwise Sugar Cane Gang? And when a monkey in their midst starts attacking the juveniles, will the Pani females be able to fend off the attacker before it is too late? With key insight into Vervet behaviour and a play-by-play analysis of complex Vervet gestures and movements, Street Monkeys opens a unique window into these adorable primates’ everyday interactions, which can be surprisingly similar to their more advanced human counterparts.

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