Orangutans share 96.4% of our genes and are highly intelligent animals. Typically they live for 30 years and are the largest of all arboreal mammals. Their similarities and mannerisms are so similar to our own, it makes them highly sort after, in the illegal pet trade throughout Asia, This beautiful juvenile male was part of a rehabilitation program in Borneo and was free to roam a protected forested area, in its second stage of the program. This male looks like he just stood and posed. They are quite uncharacteristically slower on the ground, almost wary where they tread. A great opportunity to photograph them at a slower pace. In the canopy they move so quickly, and are so similar to children, playing and moving all the time. They are mesmerising to watch. Of course this brings with it its own challenges when photographing. They move in and out of focal range, higher into lighter conditions, back down to darker areas, and of course you have foreground branches blocking your view and pulling your auto focus out again, blurring your subject. I favoured manual focus with continual minor adjustments and chose an area where the light was adequate for me to get a sharp shot. It's easy to get lost in the excitement though, and of course luck always plays a hand. Another thing to consider is the weather, it's called a rainforest for a very good reason and you can quickly get caught out. Come prepared. I love the stance of this Orangutan, it's so relatable. I also love the size and power of his hands He's certainly a gentle giant in the making.