Ingenious Animals


Series 1 - Episode 2 Relationships



The stars of this week’s programme are clouded leopards. They’re the Asian cats whose coats look as if a textile designer fell asleep by a lava lamp. They’re phenomenally good-looking animals, and friendly, too: presenter Giles Clark pals up to them at a Thai breeding programme so successfully that at one stage he has two leopards on his back licking his head at the same time.

His secret may be something called “chuffing” – a call some big cats use to greet each other and Clark has it down to a fine art. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has less luck with capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. A male called R Kelly gives him stick, literally.


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and a team of wildlife experts focus on animals' relationships with each other and with humans. Hugh discovers how the capuchin monkeys of Costa Rica have such a fantastic team spirit, biologist Patrick Aryee investigates man's relationship with the vulture - nature's most infamous scavenger - and zoologist Lucy Cooke finds out about the medicine in Kentucky that may improve a rare pig's relationship problems. Conservationist Giles Clark ventures into the rainforests of Thailand to find out how a clever matchmaking technique could help save the clouded leopard from extinction.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Presenter Giles Clark
Presenter Lucy Cooke
Presenter Patrick Aryee
Director Rob Neil
Executive Producer Alice Keens-Soper
Producer Rob Neil
Series Director Serena Davies
Series Producer Gary Broadhurst
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