The Paternal Bond: Barbary Macaques
- 1 x 49 min.
- Clean, M/E + English
- English script
- © NHK
- Except for French and German-speaking countries in Europe
- Morocco's vast Atlas Mountains are home to Africa's only non-human primate to survive north of the Sahara Desert, the Barbary macaque.
The unique monkeys survive in mountainside cedar forests and are governed by their home's contrasting seasons. In the winter temperatures can drop to as little as -10 degrees Celsius, and in the summer soar to a sapping 40°C.
Barbary macaques value their young above all and work as a team to rear the next generation. The males unique paternal bonds with the troop's young allow the macaque to live a peaceful existence.
The monkeys' life of tranquillity is challenged when the troop's young males reach sexual maturity. Hounded by adult males, these youngsters must leave or face the violent consequences.