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Dr. Charlotte Jane Uhlenbroek (born 4 January 1968, London) is British zoologist and BBC television presenter. The daughter of a Dutch father and a British mother, Uhlenbroek was born in London, but her parents moved to Ghana when she was only ten days old. Between the ages of 5-14 she lived in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Uhlenbroek gained a BSc in Zoology and Psychology, followed by a PhD in Zoology at the University of Bristol. She then spent four years in the forests of Gombe, Tanzania, studying the communication of wild chimpanzees, under the supervision of famed primatologist Jane Goodall.

She made her television debut in the BBC Natural History Unit's series Dawn to Dusk, presented by Jonathan Scott, in an episode on the chimpanzees of Gombe. She went on to present the BBC2 programme Chimpanzee Diary as part of the Animal Zone during 1998 and 1999.

The three-part series Cousins, which screened in 2000, was Uhlenbroek's first major series for the BBC. In 2001, she presented Congo's Secret Chimps for BBC2's Wild zone, and in 2002 she presented another major BBC series on animal communication, titled Talking with Animals.

In 2003, she presented the documentary Jungle, which was screened in November of that year on BBC1.

In 2004, she was one of the subjects of the short documentary series The Way We Went Wild, about televison's natural history presenters.

In 2005, she presented the documentary Secret Gorillas Of Mondika, which was screened on Sunday, 6th November, 2005 at 5:30pm on BBC2.

Uhlenbroek has also written two books: "Talking With Animals" in 2002, and "Jungle" in 2004. She also wrote the introduction to "Wildlife Portfolio of the Year: Volume Nine", an annual collection of prize-winning images.

Uhlenbroek lives in Bristol, and has been married to Daniel Elston, who works as a producer for the BBC Natural History Unit, since 2006.

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  • www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/who/charlotte_uhlenbroek.shtml - BBC Nature website