China’s Secret Monkey Dynasty (CCTV)
March 19, 2021
China’s Secret Monkey Dynasty (CCTV)

China’s Secret Monkey Dynasty comes to global screens: Exclusive access and previously unseen footage from China’s breath-taking Karst mountains reveals an endangered treasure.

This blue chip one hour wildlife special takes us to the heart of a monkey dynasty.  We follow the life and times of the extremely rare White Headed Monkey Langur amidst the natural beauty of China’s iconic Karst mountains.

Monkey Dynasty captures the struggles, ups and downs and intimate family lives of this incredible species, which can only be found in this one place anywhere in the world.  Today, there are just 1,000 White-headed Langur monkeys left alive, they are more scarce than the Giant Panda, and their social structure and behavior is unique.

Mandarin Film worked with the Chongzuo Nature Reserve in South China to gain unique access to film over a 12-month period.  Mandarin Film’s relationships with ongoing research work in the Karst region granted exclusive access to entire semi-habituated troops of langurs.

We were given permission to film in ways and locations that were previously out of bounds, and as a result were lucky enough to uncover the little known lives of one of the world’s rarest monkeys.  

Previously unfilmed behavior included family life inside the Karst caves, langurs licking rocks to gain much needed minerals, the family dynamics of a strict matriarchy, where females outnumber males by 4 to 1.  We were able to film previously unseen footage behaviour around diet and the sisterhood of midwivery and nannying.

The documentary launched on CCTV in Spring 2021, and is available for worldwide distribution through Earth Touch Distribution 

“This film reveals the intimate social lives of these free-solo specialists who live at death-defying heights.”

Bentley and Volkswagen