Saturday, 19 August 2017

Natural History Museum - Documenting the Bornean orangutan

Entwined lives © Tim Laman
This image of a Bornean orangutan, with the rainforest of the Gunung Palung National Park in the background, was one that photographer Tim Laman had long visualised. He spent three days rope-climbing the 30-metre tree to set camera traps he could trigger remotely. Knowing that the young male would return in search of food, he waited for the perfect moment to take the photo.

Tim's Grand Title winning image from the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition was part of a photojournalism story documenting the plight of the Bornean orangutan. A passionate storyteller, Tim hopes his images will reveal glimpses of the lives and culture of truly wild orangutans, while also reporting on the unfolding tragedy of their critically endangered status.

Tim says, 'Protecting their remaining habitat is critical for orangutans to survive. If we want to preserve a great ape that retains both its vast, culturally transmitted knowledge of how to survive in the rainforest and the full richness of wild orangutan behaviour, then we need to protect orangutans in the wild now.'
When mother knows best © Tim Laman
Motherless © Tim Laman
Pursued by fire © Tim Laman
End of the line? © Tim Laman
The moment © Bridgena Barnard
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