Scoff by ApeArt

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I had the very great privilege of working with rescued primates in Cameroon at the Limbe Wildlife Centre. Whilst there I cared for 4 young chimpanzees, all rescued from the illegal bushmeat or pet trade. I think this is Ilor, a lovely little chimp.

The number of chimpanzees in the wild has dropped steadily since 1960. At one time, over one million chimpanzees inhabited more than 25 countries in Africa. Now, scientists think that there are only 150,000 to 235,000 chimpanzees. Only six African countries have healthy wild breeding populations. Chimpanzee habitat has been destroyed to make farmland, to provide trees for the logging industry, and to build roads. Baby chimps are captured for the illegal pet trade.

Primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall estimates that for each baby chimp taken as a pet, ten other chimps are killed – one mother and several relatives killed protecting the baby. For every ten babies that take the journey oversees in a small closed crate, only one survives the journey. Do the math on that, and it is 100 dead chimps for each one that makes it to the foreign pet trade – alarm bells should be ringing, but sadly they aren’t ringing loudly or quickly enough.

Taken with Nikon D50 and 18-55mm lens


  • Heather  Rivet  IPA
    Heather Rivet...almost 6 years ago

    amazing well done

  • Thanks very much

    – ApeArt

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 6 years ago

    just lovely,dawnxx

  • thank so much dawn xx

    – ApeArt

  • carpenter777
    carpenter777almost 6 years ago


  • Thank you Jane

    – ApeArt

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720almost 6 years ago

    He is so cute.. If he is a he?? But all in all a GREAT CAPTURE :))

  • lo a he :) xx

    – ApeArt

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 6 years ago
    beautiful !
  • thanks darlin xx

    – ApeArt

  • Sheila Smith
    Sheila Smithalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely detail Jane

  • Thanks so much Sheila

    – ApeArt

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720almost 6 years ago

    Then a she???

  • ? :)

    – ApeArt

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotalmost 6 years ago

    We can see that the depth of field is very precise here. Practically just the eyes which is all thats need when its done as precisely as this. Tight cropping – very accurate once again. A shot to be very proud of – I know I would be (if it was mine). Love his first knuckle in frame and the others just suggested upon. Love the ears at quite close to top edge of frame (perfection in my opinion)
    Love the triangle of background top right. The framing of this shot is the best I have seen in a long, long time. When close cropped shots are done – they have to be precise (I know I have used this word couple of times already) – its like a tailored suit, – well fitted and no part of frame wasted. WONDEROUS !!!

  • Dear Paul thank you so very much. I love this shot too and feel that most people don’t “get it” like you have done. Your summaries are wonderful :D

    – ApeArt

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720almost 6 years ago

    Aww.. how cute… Great Capture :))

  • thank you!

    – ApeArt

  • George Woodcock
    George Woodcockalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful shot. congrats:-)

  • thank you :)

    – ApeArt

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