taken at the Perth Zoo
The Perth Zoo is considered a world leader in the breeding of the Sumatran Orangutan. The Zoo has successfully bred 27 orangutans since 1970 as part of an Australasian captive breeding program. In 2006, Perth Zoo released one of its female orangutans, Temara, into the protected Bukit Tigapuluh National Park as part of a release program to re-establish a viable population of Sumatran Orangutans (

Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1

Featured in Olympus and Four Thirds August 2011
Featured in Black and White Enthusiasts August 2011
Featured in Zoofari September 2011
Featured in Power of Photography September 2011
Featured in Hometown Photography September 2011
Featured in Amazing Wildlife September 2011
Featured in DeeZ 5Cs Awards Showcase January 2012
Placed 6th in the Your favourite Wildlife image from 2011 challenge in Amazing Wildlife, January 2012
Featured on the Redbubble Home Page January 15th 2012
Won the 5Cs Members Best B&W Photo Challenge January 2012


sumatran orangutan, pongo abelii, critically endangered, omnivore, black and white, sumatra, sumatran, orangutan, primate

I love being a tourist in my own country; the unique flora and fauna, the wonderful people, the striking vivid colours. Photography has opened up my country to me. I try to get out into it & photograph it as often as I can. Access to the great Australian outback is within easy reach of everyone! I hope you take the time to view some of my photos & I hope that they inspire you to go for a drive on the weekend and see what you can see.

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  • Jenny Brice
    Jenny Bricealmost 3 years ago

    Excellent detailed close up of this watchful Orangutan Paula.

  • thanks Jenny! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Heather Thorning
    Heather Thorningalmost 3 years ago

    Great shot Paula.Awesome detail in this:)))

  • thankyou very much Heather! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • HelenLewis
    HelenLewisalmost 3 years ago

    Another wonderful pose Paula! Every time I go to see them – they are hiding!

  • thanks Helen, you should check the orangutan’s out at the Perth zoo, there’s heaps of them and they’re not camera shy! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanalmost 3 years ago

  • thankyou very much AJ! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • NolsNZ
    NolsNZalmost 3 years ago

    Great image Paula. Love that “look” in his eye. It’s as if he’s thinking “what is she up to now”.
    Cheers, Nola.

  • thanks Nola! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 3 years ago

    great image

  • thanks Martina! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosalmost 3 years ago

    A super portrait Paula,

  • thanks John! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...almost 3 years ago

    fine portrait, really like this, excellent work

  • thankyou Ryan! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...almost 3 years ago

    emotive, sensitive… well done!

  • thanks so much Nicolette! It’s an honour! :)

    – Paula McManus

  • Glynn Jackson
    Glynn Jacksonalmost 3 years ago

    Congrats on the features PAula, I knew it was yours from the banner.. lol..

  • thanks so much Glynn!! :)

    – Paula McManus

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