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Biologist Patrick Aryee takes us on a journey through time, to retrace the primate family’s astonishing rise to power through the twists and turns of its family tree.  Traveling to wild locations in Central and South America, Africa and Asia, he gets eye to eye with some of the planet’s most charismatic and mischievous monkeys.

Patrick reveals amazing stories of how each of the world’s primate species came to be. It’s a 65million year epic.  Through intimate monkey encounters, sumptuous wildlife photography, field demos and a CGI family tree - he shows how different key members of this family evolved bizarre bodies, intelligent behaviours and tight-knit social groups to thrive in some of the planet’s wildest landscapes.

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The Primate family is OUR animal family. This is OUR HUMAN story. The story of how we came to be the way we are today – told through our many cousins and distant relatives. Squabbling siblings, devious con artists, cruel despots and doting parents – in each of our primate characters we see a little piece of ourselves. Relevant – entertaining – heartwarming this is a reflection of our human condition. However, primates are more than just our family – they are also one of the most successful families on Earth. They come in all shapes, colours and sizes, from the majestic gorilla, to the tiny mouse lemur, just the size of your fist. There are over 300 different species of primate on Earth. They’ve colonized the jungles, deserts, grasslands and even the snowy mountains. They can jump higher, swing further and climb better than virtually any other group on earth. Despite their dazzling diversity – they are all part of the same amazing animal family.

Today within the wider PRIMATE family there are four mighty dynasties that have split apart from one another: PROSIMIANS – OLD WORLD MONKEYS – NEW WORLD MONKEYS – APES. Each are perfectly adapted to thrive in their landscape in which they have colonized. Theirs, is a story of epic migrations, lost lands, mass extinctions, marooned beasts and incredible animal characters. By getting up close to some of today’s diverse primates – Patrick retells this incredible story.

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