In Shangri-La, nestled within the remote mountains of southwest China, lives one of the most remarkable, elusive and endangered primates in the world.
The golden snub-nosed monkey (rhinopithecus roxellanae) exists only in China. Discovered in the 1890s, these monkeys were thought to be extinct until their re-discovery in 1962. Today they are one of the world's most endangered primates. Due to the seclusion of their habitat, found in China’s wildest and most remote mountainous regions, formal scientific study of these creatures is still in its infancy. Central characters in some of China's most beloved legends and stories (who can forget The Monkey King?), the extreme isolation of golden snub-nosed monkeys had protected them – until now.
Today, they are on the verge of extinction.
CHINA’S HIDDEN MONKEYS will give viewers their first look at the living link between monkeys and apes. It will take viewers to some of the most beautiful and untouched mountain regions of China. Unprecedented access will allow our film crew to follow the lifecycle of a troop of these unique and rarely-filmed primates.