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The orangutan is the only strictly arboreal ape in the world. Although other apes do climb and build sleeping nests in the trees, they are primarily terrestrial (spending their lives on the ground). It's bright reddish-brown hair colour is unique to the species. They have the most remarkable ability to travel through the forest treetops. Each night building a new nest out of leaves and branches in the very tops of the trees – sometimes as much as 100 feet above the ground. Almost all of the food they eat grow in the treetops and the frequent rains fill the leaves, supplying them with drinking water. They are agile while climbing through the trees, but walking on the ground is somewhat slow and awkward. This is why they are at a great disadvantage on the ground, and rarely come down from the treetops. They are masters of agility and have incredible upper body strength. As youngsters they move incredibly quickly through the canopy and are extremely playful. This photo captures the fun personality of the orangutan and of course it's magnificent orange hair illuminated in the sun. Watching them interact with one another is such a joy to watch and at times a little worrying. They have no fear, and with their speed and enthusiastic play can occasionally come unstuck, missing branches and come tumbling through the canopy to the forest floor below. This guy was playing a game with us all. Darting around, coming up quite close, then taking off again to the safely of his friends lurking higher up. On thing you always get drawn back to, with apes, is their soulful eyes. They draw you right in.
Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
Aspect shown - Vertical
Product Code: FP17053RV
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Canon EOS 50D, 150-500mm, Focal Length: 150mm, ISO 800, Tv, Exp: 1/200@f/5.0 Exp Bias: 2/3 EV