Movie Made by Chimpanzees to be Broadcast on Television

From BBC News:

The world’s first film shot entirely by chimpanzees is to be broadcast by the BBC as part of a natural history documentary.

The apes created the movie using a specially designed chimp-proof camera given to them by primatologists.

The film-making exercise is part of a scientific study into how chimpanzees perceive the world and each other.

It will be screened within the Natural World programme “Chimpcam” shown on BBC Two at 2000GMT on Wednesday 27 January.

Making the movie was the brainchild of primatologist Ms Betsy Herrelko, who is studying for a PhD in primate behaviour at the University of Stirling, UK.

Over 18 months, she introduced video technology to a group of 11 chimpanzees living in a newly built enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo, UK.

The enclosure, which contains three large interlinked outdoor arenas, as well as a series of smaller rooms in which the apes can be studied by researchers, is the largest of its kind in the world.


  1. That was only a minute long and I already started to feel the pangs of nausea. I can’t watch shaky video, I don’t care if it’s from chimps.

  2. Now if we give an infinite number of chimpanzees an infinite number of cameras and let them film for all eternity, sooner or later will they come up with “Citizen Kane”? How about “The Phantom Menace”?

  3. Sorry chimp brothers, I don’t think I’ll be paying to see any chimp made movies for a while.
    A simple head cam would have been much more interesting.

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