Nature: The Funkiest Monkeys


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Wednesday, January 29 at 6:45 – FREE!

Circle Cinema teams up with OETA and the Tulsa Zoo for a program about endangered macaques, striking black primates, sporting punk hairstyles and copper-colored eyes.

Richard A. Kotarsky, M.A., Conservation and Research Manager from the Tulsa Zoo, will introduce the show and tell briefly of his experience with macaques. After the show, he’ll lead a discussion about conservation issues facing the macaques and other wildlife around the world.

Twenty-five years ago, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson (recently the central character in NATURE’s Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey) travelled to Sulawesi in Indonesia and fell in love with crested black macaques. These feisty monkeys are beach bums with punk hairstyles, expressive faces, copper colored eyes and some very unusual habits, making them some of the most charismatic of all monkeys. They only exist on this one island. Learning that their numbers have dropped dramatically, he makes a return visit to find out why and to see if he can help. Teaming up with a local expert and making a film about them and their plight allows him to share their story with the local schools and communities in the hope that a new understanding of the wonderful creatures in their midst will make them want to help, as well.

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