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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 52 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 1998
Available in French:

Based on 26 years of fieldwork by anthropologist/primatologist Dr. Shirley Strum, BABOON TALES explores the complex world of a troop of Olive Baboons in Kenya. In sharp contrast to early theories of baboon behavior, which focused on male aggression, this program enables audiences to appreciate a society of masterful social strategists weaving a shifting web of relationships with family, friends and enemies. It may change your mind about what it means to be a baboon, and about what it means to be human.

Awards: Best Conservation/Natural History Program, North American Outdoor Film/Video Awards Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Competition Best Science & Natural History/ Animal Behavior Program, Latham Foundation's Search for Excellence Video Awards DESIRABLE: California Instructional Technology Clearinghouse Second Place, International Wildlife Film Festival Bronze Plaque Award, Columbus International Film/Video Festival Best Editing, Cinematography, Directing, Documentary Awards, British Columbia Leo Awards Finalist, Animal Behavior Society Film Festival Carnegie Wild Life Film Festival, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Western Psychological Association Annual Convention