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Zoo Quest : Zoo Quest to Madagascar  (1961)

Also known as: Programme 5
First sight of the indri

In the depths of the Madagascan forest, passionate naturalist, conservationist and hugely popular wildlife presenter David Attenborough searches for the elusive indri, the lemur displaying striking similarities to Marco Polo's long fabled "dog headed man".

Zoo Quest to Madagascar: 5 brings to life the private world of these characteristic creatures. Held in superstitious awe by islanders, little was known of the indris' behaviour before this programme was made. Extremely shy animals, Attenborough and his team attracted a family using recordings of their 'spine-chilling unearthly howls', their stunning photography detailing them as they issue alarm calls, comfort each other and relax leisurely in the treetops.

Attenborough provides an unique glimpse of these previously unseen primates, with memorable scenes following the entire family as they assemble on branches overhanging the road, their strong legs powering them as one by one they leap across the open space.

Zoo Quest to Madagascar: 5 is an engaging and entertaining view of an endearing animal whose name, when translated from the Madagascan language, literally means "look at that".

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Cameraman: Geoffrey Mulligan
Film Editor: Robert Walter
Presenter: David Attenborough
Producer: David Attenborough
Studio Presentation: Brian Branston

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Clips
The legend of the dog-headed man
The legend of the dog-headed man
First sight of the indri
First sight of the indri
The smallest primates
The smallest primates
Never heard anything like it before
Never heard anything like it before
Stills
David Attenborough and Geoffrey Mulligan filming indri
David Attenborough and Geoffrey Mulligan...