Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Monkey Business

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I found this photo in a travel magazine at the hairdresser's the other day and was completely mesmerized. I immediately went and got my own copy of the magazine and I just can't get enough of looking at the photo. Such a wonderful capture of a curious character!

Apparently the monkey (Indonesian black-crested macaque) earned his nickname Trouble-maker due to the great interest he took in the photographer's, Italian Stefano Unterthiner's doings. The photo won the category Animal Portraits in the BBC competition Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008.

As much as I love the photo it also makes me think of how human beings try their very best in
extermination of the species, through meathunting, deforestation of the monkeys natural habitat, for non sustainable palm oil plantations, cash crops and logging. That thought truly, little by little, breaks my heart.

More beautiful, evocative photos of the macaque family - and other animals - can be found at Unterthiner's website

5 comments:

Holler said...

Ha! That is a great photo! Graham loves monkeys, he can spend hours watching documentaries about them.

Wendy said...

I've got this photo on the wall of my classroom. Isn't it amazing? Wonder what he's thinking...

Jan said...

You're right, it's a wonderful photo.

cherry said...

i love his intense eyes. great photo =)

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Pia K said...

Oh, they're are intriguing animals, Holler, I totally understand Graham's interest.

Yes indeed, amazing it is, Wendy...

Glad, you liked it too, Jan.

Thanks for coming by, liking what you saw, cherry:)

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