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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.

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

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