The things you find

16 July, 2012 § Leave a comment

Aoife and I are just working on the printed materials for the Monkelympics at Beale Park starting on Saturday. We have been looking for pictures of primates demonstrating their skills. We have been discouraged by the fact that if your search term includes primate or monkey how many of the pictures depict primates in pet/performing animal or even lab settings (depending on the other words in the search term). We understand that most people don’t have the opportunity to photograph exotic animals in the wild but the number of photos taken in zoos with vaguely naturalistic enclosures is also small.

We were feeling dispirited when we realised this is what we are here for. We are educating about the pet trade and the impacts humans have on the lives of individuals and species. Many of the people who have posted the photos may not have realised the impact they were having on the primates and other exotic animals depicted. So we better hurry up and get educating!

Here is a picture of a happy young primate, not in an obviously captive environment, indulging in a happy natural behaviour. I hope it puts a smile on your face. Thanks to Miranda Research blog for posting this one.

Monkey hugs

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