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I photographed this gorgeous guy at the Melbourne Zoo in 2007.
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, Processed lovingly in PS CS5.1.

Order: Primates
Family: Pongidae
Genus and Species: Pongo pygmaeus (Bornean) and Pongo abelii (Sumatran)
The world’s largest tree-dwelling animal, the orangutan relies upon its intelligence and well-adapted body to survive in the tropical rainforest.

In Malay, “orang utan” means “person of the forest.”

An adult orangutan’s arms can be well over seven feet from fingertip to fingertip.

Once widespread in Asian tropical forests, orangutans now live only on Sumatra and Borneo, where forest loss is the greatest threat to their existence. Naturally occurring forest fires, and those set by farmers and large companies to clear the way for plantations of oil palm, fast-growing pulpwood, and other crops, devastate forests. The destruction spreads even further during dry years. In 1997, an area the size of New Jersey burned in Indonesia, and many of the fires occurred in orangutan habitat. Large reserves and strictly enforced wildlife protection laws are needed to keep orangutans safe from extinction.

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Maree xx

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  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 2 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic Maree !!

  • Thanks Mattie.

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Sharon Brown
    Sharon Brownover 2 years ago

    Lovely image Maree.

  • Thanks Polly, and for the fave xx

    – Maree Cardinale

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 2 years ago


  • Thanks Anna xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Amazing work and pose! Wow!

  • :)) Thank you Angie :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

    very very very lovely !!!!

  • Hello Guen, thank you xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 2 years ago

    This is an amazing presentation of the orangutan,,,great job Maree!!!!


  • Thanks Rick :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • patcheah
    patcheahover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous image of the Wild Man from Borneo ( I was born in Borneo.LOL) Love the treatment , looks like a painting, beautiful.

  • Thanks Pat. How exotic you are you Bornean woman! :)
    To get to the point I did with this pic I probably worked on about 10 – 15 layers. (I always forget exactly what I do… I just get lost in doing stuff lol).
    I’m glad you like it :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 2 years ago

    What a wonderful face and image! Dee

  • Thanks Dee. I started off with a rather pale image, shot through glass of course. I’ve had it sitting in a folder for ages but I just love his face.

    – Maree Cardinale

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work, xo

  • Thanks Anna :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Great work, love the shadowy presentation

  • Thanks xox

    – Maree Cardinale

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