Animals in Love

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Animals in Love

Series 1 - Episode 2



It appears that animals find it just as difficult as humans to find a partner. But when your strategy is to throw stones at a potential mate, as female capuchins do, that’s hardly surprising.

Liz Bonnin observes flamingoes, alligators, butterflies, meerkats and elephants to learn about flirtation and romance in the animal world. It’s a joyous film, but the sweetest story of all is how Marie the orangutan chose her new mate by studying photographs of two male suitors in a nearby rescue sanctuary. You may scoff, but when she met Christopher and Pongo in the flesh, she bonded with the one she’d picked from the photo.


In the second of two programmes about relationships in the wild, Liz Bonnin explores the ways in which animals get together. She observes a form of extreme flirting in a troop of capuchin monkeys in South America, which sees the females go to extraordinary lengths to attract the alpha male, reveals how African hyenas find it tough getting a girl and how an orang-utan in America chooses its partner in a very 21st-century way. For other animals, it turns out smell is a deal-breaker, while for others, it's all about having the best moves on the dance floor.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Liz Bonnin
Director Anne Sommerfield
Executive Producer Jane Aldous
Executive Producer Alice Keens-Soper
Producer Anne Sommerfield