Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La

Emmy nominated in 'Outstanding Nature Programming" category - 2016

Wild China Film - Xi Zhinong (Producer)
Mark Fletcher Productions
PBS Nature

Credit: Direct of Photography, Field Director 


Representing the meticulous and ambitious work of an all-Chinese film company led by award-winning filmmaker, Xi Zhinong, this spectacular film is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, different and gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. This is a unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas. But their survival depends not just upon strong defensive strategies; it also relies upon the cooperation and interdependence of them all.

Narrated by BD Wong

Broadcasters: PBS Nature
PENDING: Terra Mater, National Geographic International


A juvenile Yunnan snub-nosed monkey is abandoned by his mother while a half-brother becomes her favorite. In order to survive he must depend on the generosity of his other family members.

Hey, it's nap time baby monkeys! Two black snub-nosed monkey brothers play and wrestle among the tree tops, annoying the rest of the troop who are trying to rest. One of the brothers was abandoned by his mother; the other is treated like a prince.