African Booze Tree

Turns out the monkey isn’t the only creature in the forest getting bombed. Check out this video of the African booze tree.

Special thanks to Tom Ferriss for finding this clip.


  1. #1 MarkH
    August 22, 2007

    Clip is dead. I am sad. I want to see a booze tree.

    ***New Response from Zooillogix – should be fixed ***

  2. #2 zwirko
    August 22, 2007

    There’s a nice cream liquer called Amarula that is flavoured with the marula fruit. Has a really lovely taste to it.

  3. #3 ctenotrish, FCD
    August 22, 2007

    Glad the clip link is fixed! Now I need to get some headphones so I can actually hear the audio . . .

    Welcome to Scienceblogs! Looking forward to your fauna postings. 🙂

  4. #4 Ezekiel Buchheit
    August 22, 2007

    I know that feeling.

    And Amarula really is a pretty decent little cream liquer. In coffee or over ice, a couple of those and you’ll feel like you’re in Africa too.

  5. #5 BlueMako
    August 22, 2007

    I vaguely remember this clip from some old documentary. It was funny as hell then, and it still is…

  6. #6 Fred Schwab
    August 23, 2007

    I believe that this video clip is pirated from a 1974 movie,
    “Animals are Beautiful People”. If so, the marula tree intoxications
    likely were staged, as the Wikipedia article on this subject suggests.
    Try a Google search on the movie title.

    Backgammon, Mark?

  7. #7 Andrew Bleiman
    August 23, 2007

    The elephants and I actually got hammered on peach Schnapps and then decided “hey, wouldn’t it be funny to film a documentary?!” It was really just a bunch of us adolescent pachyderms experimenting and trying to act like adults. We didn’t mean for anyone to get hurt.

  8. #8 jba
    August 23, 2007

    Ha! Anyone seen ‘Overdrawn at the Memory Bank’? Hmm.. probably not. Unless you like MST3K, that is. It’s a made for PBS movie starring Raul Julia. They use footage from this. Priceless. “He looks drunk to me!”

  9. #9 Brian Macker
    August 26, 2007

    I’ve got a bad feeling these were staged, as were so many animal documentaries. How exactly are the fruit going to ferment in the stomach? Unlikely at best. They probably shot the animals with tranqulizers or something.

  10. #10 selim
    August 6, 2010

    great apes in the animal kingdom’s most intelligent animals

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