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Catch me a Colobus : The Beef Mine  (1966)

Gerald Durrell giving grapes to a caged chimp during the filming of Catch me a Colobus

In the depths of Sierra Leone's jungle, wildlife lover, leading conservationist and award-winning author, Gerald Durrell launches a full-scale collecting trip for his Jersey Zoo. The first of six episodes in the Catch me a Colobus series, The Beef Mine charts the arrival of Durrell's team in this remote and varied land, watching as they set up camp, enlist help from locals and capture their first specimens.

Accompanied by award-winning BBC producer Chris Parsons, Durrell makes his ground camp in a deserted chrome mine, surrounded by a wealth of animal life. Protected red-and-black and black-and-white colobus monkeys scamper freely in the surrounding trees and the excitement is palpable as local hunters arrive with the first 'beef' - a small spot nosed monkey.

Far from a glamourous travelogue, the production offers an interesting insight into the highs and lows of a large-scale collecting expedition, covering both the menial tasks and the exciting animal rescues. Nowadays, with attitudes towards zoo collecting trips firmly changed, Catch me a Colobus is an intriguing historical account of this out-dated practice.

An entertaining and unique account of day-to-day life during this mammoth trip, The Beef Mine examines not only the personalities of the local animals but also those of the intriguing species that attempts to trap them.

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

Film Cameraman: Ewart Needham
Film Editor: Betty Block
Presenter: Gerald Durrell
Producer: Christopher Parsons
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Sound Mixer: Jack Robottom
Sound Recordist: Howard Smith

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Gerald Durrell
Christopher Parsons
Clips
Excitement of the first 'beef'
Excitement of the first 'beef'
Scampering through the tree tops
Scampering through the tree tops
Small wonders of the mine
Small wonders of the mine
Stills
Gerald Durrell giving grapes to a caged chimp during the filming of Catch me a Colobus
Gerald Durrell giving grapes to a caged chimp...
Gerald Durrell with a young chimpanzee named Jimmy, during filming for Catch me a Colobus
Gerald Durrell with a young chimpanzee named...
Gerald Durrell and John Hartley on location for Catch me a Colobus
Gerald Durrell and John Hartley on location...