Monkeys and apes have the richest social life of all mammals. Capuchins have the ability to identify an opportunity and exploit it; they are inquisitive. David Attenborough identifies several characteristics.
Capuchins: Mangrove Forest (05:55)
The troop searches for food and locates clams. It takes years for a monkey to perfect the skill of opening the shells. The monkeys also gather leaves with insect repellent and medicinal properties.
South American Monkeys (07:25)
Attenborough identifies specialized characteristics of uakaris, saki, spider monkeys, pygmy marmosets, and owl monkeys; learn various food sources and behaviors.
Females always produce twins and finding food takes time. The tamarins share food sources and a common enemy with saddleback tamarins.
Howler Monkeys (03:45)
Howlers eat flowers when they are available and leaves all year; digestion takes half a day. Howlers have color vision and an enlarged throat bone that allows loud vocal sounds.
African Monkeys (06:03)
Various types of monkeys share the same forest. Learn characteristics of black-and-white colobuses, red colobuses, saki, and guenons. Attenborough discusses how monkeys avoid predators and communicate.
Toque Macaques (06:08)
The monkeys thrive in the ruins of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. Attenborough discusses aspects of their complex society and mating rituals; females are fertile for a short time.
Climate change causes the primates to search for food in the open. They collect a variety of food and prey on flamingos. Attenborough discusses their complex social structure and primate brain size.
The Ethiopian primates are the only grazing monkeys; they gather in large herds. Attenborough discusses behaviors, characteristics, and communication.
Credits: Social Climbers (00:57)
Credits: Social Climbers
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