Primate behavior, ecology, and conservation films

Monday, August 27, 2018

Through the work of Professor Thomas Struhsaker (Evolutionary Anthropology) and Craig Breaden (Duke Libraries), five old films about primate behavior, ecology, and conservation have been converted to a digital format. The films, which range in release date from the 1960s to the early 2000s, can be accessed free of charge at Dr. Struhsaker's archive at https://archive.org/search.php?query=thomas%20struhsaker.  A brief synopsis of each film can be found below:

1) Behavior and ecology of vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops) in the Masai-Amboseli Game Reserve, Kenya.  45 minutes.  Color with sound narration.  This film was taken Thomas Struhsaker in 1963 and 1964 during the course of his Ph.D. field research. Editing and narration by Struhsaker.  Film released in 1972.
 
2) Vocalizations of Wild Chimpanzees. 40 minutes.  Color with sound.  Photography: Hugo Van Lawick.  Reseach: Peter Marler and Jane Van Lawick-Goodall.  Sound recording: Peter Marler.  Location: Gombe National Park.  Released in 1971, but taken some years earlier.
 
3) Aspects of the behavior of the Sifaka (Propithecus v. verreauxi Grandidier, 1867).  12 minutes.  Black and white with sound narration.  Photography and narration by Thomas Struhsaker with input from Alison Richard.   This film was taken in 1971 near the village of Hazafotsy, which was the site of Alison Richard's Ph.D. thesis.  Film released in 1972.
 
4) Ecology and Behavior of the Patas Monkey (Erythrocebus patas).  18 minutes.  Color with sound.   This film was produced by the late J. Stephen Gartlan in the late 1960s during his visits to the Waza National Park, Cameroon (100 miles south of Lake Chad).  
 
5) The Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. One hour.  Color with sound.  This film was taken over several years during the 1990s, edited, and narrated by Thomas Struhsaker with assistance from Duke University and released in 2004.