Great Ape Faces

Great Ape Faces

I just love the individuality of all those faces. Original image found in Yahoo article, Chimp Genetic History Stranger Than Humans’. And for a nice piece on animal subjectivity, see Brandon Keim’s Being a Sandpiper: The Science of Animal Consciousness.

Update: Image credit to Ian Bickerstaff. Saw that in the LiveScience article on this research. Here’s the link to his website. It appears that the individual photos were taken of the apes at Ape Action Africa. From Bickerstaff’s site:

all of the individuals featured in this series live at mefou park sanctuary in cameroon, run by the british n.g.o. ‘ape action africa’, and each one is a victim of the illegal bushmeat trade that threatens the long-term survival of many primate species. each individual will have witnessed the killing of several family members during the event that led to his or her capture and many will have suffered abuse at the hands of his or her captor prior to the good piece of luck that led to them being rescued by ape action africa.

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4 Responses to Great Ape Faces

  1. Danilo Reuben says:

    Photographer James Mollison made a great set a few years ago:

    The Atlantic had a piece on it:


  2. Not Seen as Fully Human says:

    Not sure what to say given the sadness of seeing this on the heels of the Zimmerman verdict, but somehow it seemed necessary to relate this post to this:

    (In)ability to see individuality in non-human apes, not unrelated to human dehumanization.

  3. Not Seen as Fully Human says:

    Just a clarification to make clear my previous comment which was not posted was not trolling. I checked this site minutes after seeing the Jezebel post, and the proximity in time occasioned the comment. Reactions to posts are always framed through personal experience, so in addition to the Jezebel post and Zimmerman verdict, I also saw the gorilla faces in relation to years of middle-school bullying which involved being called Koko (after Koko the gorilla who learned sign language) because I am a dark-skinned black woman.

    No disrespect was intended with my comment, or derailing. Just a simple neuroanthropological response of memory/trauma/trigger attempting to say that it is sad that some of us can’t just appreciate the pictures at face value, however much we’d like to. And so not a critique of the post, just honesty about the reaction it produced, especially given that I checked the site because I wondered if the Zimmerman verdict had prompted a follow-up to posts on gun violence.

    Be well.

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