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07 July 2004, 05:14 AM
Hey y'all,

It just occurred to me, I'm heading to the zoo on Saturday to work on a video project with a friend of mine. While I'm there, I'd be happy to pick up any video reference of some other animals, if anyone has any requests. I can't promise perfect side views or anything, but I'll grab what I can grab.

Just thought I'd offer, in case anyone was interested... let me know! :)

- M

07 July 2004, 05:41 AM
record some monkey action for me :)

07 July 2004, 06:13 AM
record some monkey action for me :)

You've got it, Sheep. Any particular kind of monkey? Particular kind of behavior? Or just in general?

- M

07 July 2004, 01:25 AM
hey there Mooncalf,

I would love a GORILLA WALK please?
and others of his behavior if possible, "anything" :)


07 July 2004, 01:35 AM
oh yeah! gorillaz are fun to watch! :)

08 August 2004, 02:50 AM
Hey Sheep and Pascaru,

I haven't forgotton about you... :) I have some video, and I'll do my best to have it online by Friday for you.

Unfortunately, our zoo didn't have any gorillas. I'd never been there before, and I figured ALL zoos probably have a gorilla... not this one, though. Not Portland, OR.

I did, however, get some decent mandrill behavior, and some siamang stuff, too. (a siamang is a kind of monkey--apparently, a mandrill is not a kind of monkey)

I'll have some stuff for you soon...

- M

08 August 2004, 03:22 AM
ok mooncalf, are you gonna post the link on this thread?


08 August 2004, 04:42 AM
ok mooncalf, are you gonna post the link on this thread?


Yup, I'll post a link and keep the movies up for a while, long enough for anyone who wants 'em to grab 'em. :)

- M

08 August 2004, 06:40 AM
Awesome man!

I am looking forward to it , thanks for doing this!

08 August 2004, 09:12 PM
Yea video reference and rock mooncalf:)

08 August 2004, 05:19 PM
Hey y'all,

Okay, so I'm running into a little bit o' trouble here... probably due to my inexperience with video codecs. Looks like I have about 225 mb of .mov files--and that's probably too much for my web host to have online for me all at once. :)

So, I'll probably have to do this bit by bit, unless someone can offer another suggestion.

But for now, I have three clips online. I apologize for any glare in the glass, or obscured views. It's the zoo, y'know? Here's what I've got so far:

1) (7 mb)

This is one of my favorites. It's in the "I can't believe I captured this!" category... a female mandrill leaps on top of a tree stump. Pretty graceful, and frame-by-frame, it's really nice. :)

2) (18 mb)

Turns out that most zoo animals aren't incredibly active. There's no slot to put a quarter into to make them do "animal things." Still, there's probably still something to learn from their inactivity. Here's some "My face itches, my leg itches, and my back itches" action for ya.

3) (36 mb)

This is a female walking slowly, and stopping at almost every other step. I like it because, unlike a lot of walking footage, this isn't constant. You can make out the physics and behavior of coming to a stop. I think she's searching for some bugs to eat.

I'll upload more, if it looks like my server can handle it. Soon, I promise. :)

- M

08 August 2004, 10:53 AM
woah...thats some cracking footage you got there... do you have any more you could stick up.. any other animals..?? you're very kind to stick that monkey reference up..

thanks very much very useful

08 August 2004, 06:54 PM
Glad you like 'em suffy. I was hoping they'd be useful, but wasn't sure... here's some more:


A female mandrill eating leaves from a branch on the ground.


This one got away from me a little bit. :( A mandrill leapt up onto a branch above it, and she was too quick for me so I didn't get the full leap. She climbed the rest of the banch, but a lot of it is obscured. At the end of the clip a male (?) mandrill crosses the screen on another branch--a decent look at some walking from a lower angle.


The aforementioned "Male walking" clip. This is a pretty good side view of the male walking on the ground, and then coming to a stop. When he stands still, his front and back feet are much closer together than I would have thought they should be. He seems to take on the shape of an inverted trapezoid.


An interesting bit of behavoir starts this clip, though I can't indentify it. I'd say it looks like intimidation, or something, but I think there's more to it than that. Anyway, the male catches the female, pulls her to him, and begins to pick and eat the insects from her fur. It almost looks racy or sexual, but I think it's just innoncent bug-eating. The clip ends with the male giving a huge shiver thorughout his whole body that's pretty interesting to watch.

I'll have more soon!

- M

08 August 2004, 11:14 PM
Alright, gang, I've got the rest of everything I shot online:


Here's a mandrill sitting on the floor, captiated by a cardboard box. What's really interesting to note, I think, is how she keeps looking above her. I don't know if she's expecting something to happen, or if she was trying to hide the fact that she was playing with a box, or what, but... it just tickles me, is all.


A mandrill digging for bugs inside of a rotting tree. I like how she examines the bugs she finds before she eats them.


A lot of reflection in the glass here. Sorry 'bout that. But you can see how this mandrill sits high above the ground, and keeps her balance by gripping the cage.


I don't even know if this is two males, two females, or a male and a female. I think it's a male (white) and a female (black), though. This video starts off slowly--believe it or not, the two actually sat in this position for, like, five whole minutes when my friend and I showed up with the camera. They were really bored... or perhaps, they were really unamused with the humans they got to see all day. Later in the clip, the white siamang begins to collect bugs from the black one's fur.


This clip is just a few seconds later--I cut out a bit of camera jostling that was unpleasant to watch. He's still looking for bugs, this time in the fur on her face... and really, it looks downright loving and tender. (it's hard not to anthropomorphpize these animals, isn't it? then again, perhaps their behavior really is close enough to ours that the similarities are accurate) Later in the clip, he swings himself away to another side of the cage, and dangles by his (super-LONG!!!!) arm. She follows him a few seconds later, in a demonstration of some really nice (if short) two-legged walking with her arms in the air.

And that's that, y'all. I hope you enjoy them, or find them useful! I enjoyed taping them. :)

- M

08 August 2004, 09:42 AM
woah...thanks very much for doin them.... much appreciated... cracking stuff fella..

if you ever go the same again..

08 August 2004, 06:33 PM
thanks a lot to share it with us

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

08 August 2004, 08:23 PM
Thanks that's really great. I've grabbed nearly all of them, and they show some great movement.
It's the subtle motions that were made aparent that have been really interesting because you don't really see footage like this usually.


08 August 2004, 05:50 AM
Hey y'all,

Thanks for the kind words. :) I'm just super-glad I could help out.... I'm happy you're enjoying the monkeys! If I ever go back to the zoo, I'll let you all know so you can request more... and hey, if you go to your local zoo sometime, feel free to post your own, eh? :)

- M

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