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Primates of Kibale Forest


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A red colobus (Procolobus tephrosceles) and a black & white colobus (Colobus guereza) briefly share a tree in Uganda's Kibale Forest.

Uganda’s Kibale forest is such a hotspot for primate research that when our group of 40 biologists arrived this August to study ants (=definitely not primates!) we received some strange looks. Why look at insects when the trees are full of a dozen monkey species?

That insects are, in fact, waaaaayyy more interesting than monkeys is a topic for another post. Instead, I’d like to share a few primate shots I managed to capture in the off-moments between photographing Kibale’s bugs.

This young black & white colobus (Colobus guereza) had a lot to say. Mom was one patient monkey!

A red colobus (Procolobus tephrosceles) makes a move.

Red-tailed monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius).

Young olive baboons play with a discarded plastic bag on the grounds of the Makerere University Biological Field Station.

Olive baboons grooming.

Here's a tree. This is what most of my monkey photographs look like, alas.

Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is an Illinois-based entomologist who studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books, and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. kclancy 4:18 pm 09/10/2012

    You got a shot of olive baboon babies. YOU WIN. (Ok, ok, you can try and convince me now how much cooler the insects are.)

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