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When life imitates art

September 24, 2011

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  It’s not often when life imitates art, but these fabulous pictures of a crested black macaque taken in Indonesia bear a striking resemblance to Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker. The pictures were shot beside a lake at Tangkoko National Park on the island of Sulawesi.     Karsten Wrobel who took the photographs of the […]

Cheeky monkey!

July 29, 2011

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Biologist, Mrs Natalia Paklina said: “At first I thought he was scratching but then it looked like he was tickling himself and laughing. For people on Bali these monkeys are sacred and associated with the monkey-God, Hanuman. ‘It means that the monkeys get given what they want by the locals so they have a lot […]

Snap happy monkeys discover photography

July 6, 2011

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The Infinite Monkey Theorem suggests that if you put an infinite number of monkeys at typewriters, eventually after hitting random keys one will eventually bash out the complete script of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Some scientists believe this theory is flawed following research that was carried out in 2003, but mathematicians say the theorem is a metaphor. The probability […]

Apes on film

April 26, 2011

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If there is one thing I wish I could change about myself, it would be my eyesight. I’m myopic or in layman’s term extremely short-sighted. If it wasn’t for modern science my glasses would have lenses the thickness of jam jars. I’ve thought about having corrective surgery but for someone with such a high prescription […]

You’ve been framed

March 3, 2011

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Photographing wildlife is no easy task. As soon as you pull out a moving or stills camera, the elusive buggers are nowhere to be seen. This is probably why natural history documentaries take so long to produce. I was very fortunate to film wild chimps in the forests of West Uganda last year, but there […]

A King among men (and other primates)

February 22, 2011

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This infant’s arrival didn’t have the pomp that most royalty receive, but the latest West Country’s edition born at  Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is by no means any less important. It’s a King Colobus monkey (Colobus polykomos) also known as the Western Black-and-white Colobus. These monkeys are endangered and officially rated as vulnerable by the International Union for […]

Ambam – a walk on the wild side

January 28, 2011

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He weighs 220kg, is 21 years old and can look you square in the eye. Ambam, a Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), who was born in the UK,  can walk like a human. Gorillas are part of the great ape family and usually move around on all fours (quadrupedal – knuckle walking) but Ambam, a […]