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Fifi's Boys - A Story of Wild Chimpanzees  (1996)

Life in Gombe National Park

Returning to Tanzania's Gombe National Park in 1996, animal researcher, conservationist and award-winning ethologist Dr Jane Goodall explores how the chimpanzees of her famous 1960s studies have matured.

Stunning cinematography from the award-winning filmmaker Hugo van Lawick provides a captivating glimpse into the life of Fifi, the only one of Goodall's original subjects still alive. Examining her development and that of her extensive family, intimate photography provides an incredible insight into these endangered great apes, bringing to light their diverse personalities and entertaining character traits.

Goodall gives a highly personal account of Fifi's life, since their first encounter Fifi has expanded her family, originally with just one infant she has now created a powerful family dynasty based around her and her six offspring. The fifty minute film abounds with drama and intrigue - her two eldest sons are locked in a battle for dominance, their displays of aggression overshadowing day to day life in the chimp community.

Examining the chimpanzee's highly organised social structure the programme is an impressive study of animal behaviour, showing these expressive primates as they fish for termites, conduct territorial patrols and supervise their young.

As logging continues to reduce their restricted habitat, Fifi's Boys: A Story of Wild Chimpanzees offers a touching and poignant glimpse into the private and ever-shrinking world of man's closest living relative.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: ITN Source
Address: 200 Gray's Inn Road
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 430 4480

Film credits

Additional Photography: Bill Wallauer
Archive Footage: Hugo van Lawick
Assistant Editor: Vicky Reeves
Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Dubbing Editor: Kate Hopkins
Dubbing Mixer: Richard Crosby
Executive Producer: Hugo van Lawick
Executive Producer: Michael Rosenberg
Executive Producer: John Sparks
Film Editor: Dave Dickie
Music: Jennie Muskett
Narrator: Bernard Cribbins
Photography: John Waters
Photography: Gil Domb
Presenter: Jane Goodall
Producer: John Waters
Production: Janice Beatty
Production: Tina Clarke
Production: Sonja Grimes
Production: William Meehan
Production: Mbaraka Mkwepo
Production: Benjamin Urassa
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Production Organisation: Partridge Films Limited
Sound: Bill Wallauer
Technical Manager: Dominic Weston
Unit Manager: Christina Hamilton
Video Editor: Richard Knapman
Writer: Anne MacLeod

Related links

Hugo van Lawick
Life in Gombe National Park
Life in Gombe National Park
Fifi goes fishing for termites
Fifi goes fishing for termites
Freud and Frodo's battle for dominance
Freud and Frodo's battle for dominance