With an outstanding array of photographs shortlisted as finalists for the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019, I couldn’t go past this beautiful image.
Whilst never having worked with chimps I was lucky enough to spend nearly 3 years working in a primate sanctuary, mainly with gibbons. Chimps, being categorized as great apes, are referred to as our closest relatives, having 96% similarity (includes the bonobo, pygmy chimp). They are highly intelligent, very trainable and share many of our traits.
Gibbons come under the category of lesser apes, they are less self-aware and have lower cognitive abilities.
The animals were later moved to an island safe-haven which (I believe) was allocated by the Thai government for their protection.
Other photos by Philippe B.