Tiny baby cradled in his mother’s arm.
“Orangutans are among our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. They share 97% of their genes with us, they are highly intelligent, thoughtful and inventive. They have a culture and aesthetic sense, and they resemble us in facial expression, gesture and many other ways. The red apes, which live only in Borneo and Sumatra, are far more “human” than human beings, and thus probably too good for this world. They are strong as oxen, but do not defend themselves against poachers or the loggers of the palm oil corporations – and are mercilessly slaughtered."
The whole time I was in Singapore shooting the photos of Orangutans, the sky was white with smoke haze drifting across from Indonesia, where the little remaining rainforest supporting this critically endangered species is being utterly destroyed. Destroyed at such an inconceivable rate that Orangutans will be extinct in the wild by 2010.
Thank Goodness for men like Willie Smits.