Soft Gaze by ApeArt

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This is Mbam. I cared for him at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon. He is named after the forest from where he was taken – Mbam.

A man paid 50,000 CFA (75 euros) for Mbam. He told the Wildlife Centre that it was not the first time he had seen a young chimpanzee in the forest for sale. The first time he had not bought the animal and when he came back a few days later the animal had died. He felt he had to buy this chimpanzee to save its life. The Limbe Wildlife Centre never buys animals because it encourages hunters to get more animals from the forest. The man understood this, but he had felt like he had no choice. Just as they were listening to the man’s story, his phone rang. It was the man from the forest, saying that he had another chimpanzee for sale. This is a very sad illustration of the fact that buying animals really creates.

Taken with Nikon D50 using 80-400mm lens



  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 5 years ago

    what a wonderful face!!! who could hurt them? absolutely fantastic shot.Beautiful baby!!!! hugsxxx

  • thank you darling xxx

    – ApeArt

  • Babbler
    Babblerover 5 years ago

    great capture

  • thanks

    – ApeArt

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous portrait. I think it is a simpans not bonobo. If you have great bonobo photo, I would like to buy from you. We need it for Encyclopedia.

  • thank you. Unfortunately I don’t have any bonobos

    – ApeArt

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720over 5 years ago

    How could anyone hurt any animal is behond me.. Great Capture he is so cute.. :))

  • thank you :))

    – ApeArt

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaover 5 years ago

    So sweeeeet!

  • thanks!!

    – ApeArt

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 5 years ago

    awww so sweet this little baby is !!!

  • thanks luv x

    – ApeArt

  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work – congrats on your feature!

  • Michelle BarlondSmith
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  • janfoster
    janfosterover 5 years ago

    the eyes have it that is for sure, great capture

  • thanks jan

    – ApeArt

  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonover 5 years ago

    What a touching image. This breaks my heart.

  • Thanks it does mine too

    – ApeArt

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