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Baboons live in Paradise

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If I was a baboon, this is where I would want to live. Hmmm… I’m pretty sure I’m not a baboon (though there are those who might disagree, I’m sure) but I think I would still like to live here.

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03/05/2013 at 10:04 pm

Two sides

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Coupla squirrel monkeys playing in a palm tree. I suppose Peanut the Monkey might have been more tolerable if he could have played in the trees year-round. But half the year he was stuck indoors… I wonder if I would like him more today if I ran into him again.

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02/05/2013 at 9:34 pm

Mournful Gibbon

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It’s been a while since I posted a shot of my primate friends. This is Kera a Siamang gibbon who’s just moved into the Auckland Zoo with her partner, Iwani… She’s a tree living gibbon, native to Sumatra, Malaysia and Thailand – one of my favourite corners of the world.

I’ll be heading off to Thailand for a two-week holiday in August – and I hope to track down some of her kin in the wild and get some shots of a wild gibbon… I gotta wonder – do they all look so mournful?

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30/04/2013 at 5:55 pm

Meerkat Days

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Meerkat Days – we’ve all had ’em. The kind of days when all you can do is sit and watch. But nothing you can really do…

I like watching meerkats watch.


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21/01/2013 at 10:57 pm

If only I were on safari

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I admit this one is more than a bit inspired by David Lloyd’s Flick of the Tail shot, which was honoured in this years Wildlife Photographer of the Year. But it’s not so much the elephant’s tail as that this elephant’s tail is at our local zoo, and Lloyd’s giraffe tail shot was done on safari in Africa – and that is what I am longing for.

I am so very restless these days…

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25/09/2012 at 11:44 pm


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It’s been at least a month since I posted an image of a monkey – way past due… I love the determined and utterly serious faces of these two cotton top tamarin monkeys on the watch…

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12/12/2011 at 11:09 pm

Sweet Monkey Love

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Spider monkeys… one fell in love with my mother once – at the Catskill Game Farm when I was about 12. He remembered her the next few times we went back and held her hand through the bars for hour. It was kind of sweet. And kind of sad. And kind of icky. I wonder if he was attracted to the abundant Tabu fragrance she always wore.

I spied these two on a trip to the Auckland Zoo, basking in some lazy afterglow: so comfortable with each other, it seemed like they must be mates for life.

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07/09/2011 at 8:14 pm

Keeping watch

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Meerkats… everyone loves them. They’re just so watchful. Funny thing how they watch and watch and I wonder what it is they are watching for – because they don’t give a gosh-darned hoot that I’m there all human and smelly and snapping away with my camera the way humans do…

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01/09/2011 at 12:13 am

Charisma or intimidation?

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Their voices are calm. They do not threaten. In fact, they might be as gentle as a lamb – and yet, you would not consider disobeying them.

Do they inspire fear or are they merely charming? My 5th Grade teacher, Mrs Ottman; Sister Rose Andrew, who was actually rather terrifying… and occasionally, I hear – Me?!? And I know I’m just a cream puff!

What is this mysterious ability? How do you acquire it, use it, suppress it? Anyone you know have it?

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15/08/2011 at 11:01 pm

Monkey Moment

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18/07/2011 at 11:45 pm

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