6 x 30 minutes
“Chacma” follows the dramas in the social life of the ‘House Troop’, as seen through the eyes of wildlife biologist Peter Tomlin. The series takes viewers into a spectacular mountainous landscape on a high plateau in the remote highlands of South Africa, where Peter has spent the last five years getting up close and personal with these extraordinary animals. He introduces us to the tough world of ritualised violence and sudden confrontations where baboon males fight for female favours and the tenure of the alpha male only lasts as long as the next serious challenge. Males with prized females must contend daily with lusting bachelor boys. Achiles is one of Peter’s oldest buddies and he has watched him grow into a full-blooded male with a family of his own. But Achiles is in trouble. His females are disgruntled and DJ is waiting in the wings. It’s the way of all baboons.