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Follow Vervet monkeys as they screech and bite their way to the top of the monkey pyramid in this real life monkey soap opera.

Among the leafy avenues of an exclusive residential estate in South Africa, a turf war between rival gangs is breaking out. Battle lines have been drawn and teeth are bared. But, it is not humans leading the charge on this offensive attack; it is their primate cousins – the wily Vervet monkeys.

This 5-part series follows the Pani troop of Vervet monkeys as they screech, bite and broadside their way to the top of the monkey pyramid in this real life monkey soap opera. What these Vervets lack in size, they make up for in resourcefulness and insatiable curiosity. Scaling rooftops and sneaking through windows, the Vervets have made Mt. Edgecombe – an exclusive residential club estate in Durban, South Africa – their personal playground. Like kids in a candy store, the Vervet monkeys of the Pani troop steal almost any food they can get their hands on, and a sugar rush has much the same effect on these little monkeys as on little humans.

But life is about to get much more difficult for the Pani troop, as invading Vervets from the outside threaten to overtake the Pani territory. The troop must band together or risk losing everything. The Pani males are more interested in showing off their assets and securing their position in the male hierarchy than in guarding the troop. Will alpha female Bess and her Pani sisterhood be able to protect the Pani stake in Mt. Edgecombe from the streetwise Sugar Cane Gang? And when a monkey in their midst starts attacking the juveniles, will the Pani females be able to fend off the attacker before it is too late?

With key insight into Vervet behaviour and a play-by-play analysis of complex Vervet gestures and movements, Street Monkeys opens a unique window into these adorable primates’ everyday interactions, which can be surprisingly similar to their more advanced human counterparts.


  • Street Monkeys: Girl Gang
    A troop of Vervet monkeys find themselves marooned in a wealthy golfing estate in Durban South Africa. Although the Pani Troop seem to have landed in monkey heaven, life in paradise is not so easy as they learn to adapt and survive in this new and challenging environment.
  • Street Monkeys: Boys In The Hood
    Its the start of the mating season and testosterone levels are reaching fever pitch. Hormone driven males gear up to show our Pani females, and each other, just Whos the Daddy. Well see just how tough it can get for our male monkeys, as Brains must deal with Robbie, a new arrival in the Pani Troop.
  • Street Monkeys: Turf War
    With the street-mean Sugar Cane Gang determined to snatch the Pani Troops territory, the turf war on Durbans Mt Edgecombe Estate reaches crisis point. The Pani troop males must put their political differences aside and join with the girls to face down the enemy. But this time the Sugar Cane Gang arent backing down.
  • Street Monkeys: Exiles
    Driven from their home and forced into unfamiliar territory by the aggressive Sugar Cane Gang, the Panis learn the hard way what the world beyond the estate walls is really like. This episode is about being exiled. There are mixed attitudes on Mt. Edgecombe estate toward the ill-mannered, new monkey residents, the Sugar Cane Gang, and tolerance is fast disappearing.
  • Street Monkeys: New Order
    It's been a rough year for the Pani Troop. Their world has been turned upside down; the heart of their territory ripped out and Mount Edgecombe's borders breached. Thrown into exile by a rival gang they collided headlong with another troop, who weren't in the mood for sharing. And neither were their human neighbours.