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PRIMATES on BBC is a new nature documentary showing just how close humans are to a particular animal family. What are primates?

PUBLISHED: 16:51, Fri, May 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:07, Fri, May 1, 2020

Primates on BBC is a three-part nature documentary series which captures rare activity by some of our closest relatives. The first half of the series looks at animal behaviour and through immersive cinematography, crews give insight into how these stunning wild animals live. The last episode focuses on saving primates and wildlife conservation, and through emotional storytelling viewers learn how endangered some species are.

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What are primates?

Primates are one of the main groups of land mammals which include monkeys and apes, lemurs and bushbabies, to name a few.

Humans are also considered to be primates, which is why monkeys are often referred to as the closes species to our kind.

Primates are known for having large brains, and this is evident in the fact they are known to be extremely smart, curious and intuitive.

The primates in the new nature documentary are known to be good climbers and they often build homes in the tops of trees.

They have strong limbs, with long fingers and toes to help them grip and climb all kinds of obstacles in their habitats.

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Primates: Primates include gorillas and monkeysPrimates: Species in the new BBC documentary (Image: BBC)

Primates on BBC: A silverback gorillaPrimates: Gorillas feature in the documentary (Image: BBC)

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There are more than 500 species within the primate order, and it is one of the most diverse orders in zoology.

Setting aside humans, most primates can be found in tropical areas such as Africa, India, South America and South East Asia.

Gorillas and monkeys are known to be able to cover vast areas, while smaller species can be found living up to 5,000 metres above ground.

Key species featured in the Primates series on BBC One include the barbary macaque in Morocco, the blue-eyed black lemur in Madagascar, the rare and newly-discovered tapanuli organgutan in Sumatra and the unique-looking white uakari in Brazil.

Each species has its own set of key skills, with bearded capuchins being able to use six different tools, including sticks and stones.

Primates: A clever macaque using a toolPrimates: A macaque uses a stone to break open a shellfish (Image: BBC)

Primates: The unique White UakariPrimates: White Uakari are very rare (Image: BBC)

Lar gibbons are known for their speed, and can travel through the trees at more than 30 miles per hour.

Bushbabies may look small and meak, but they are able to leap 10 times their own body length in order to travel or escape danger.

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