Image of the Month
Gelada by Greg du Toit
Our June image is the fabulous Gelada (or Gelada Baboon), photographed by Greg du Toit in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park. In Greg’s words:
“Surviving high up in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia is a unique and very bizarre primate, currently called the Gelada. They are sole survivors of a once abundant branch of primates that historically foraged across the grasslands of Africa, the Mediterranean and India. These adorable subjects are relics of times gone by, clinging to a precarious existence on the sheer cliffs of Ethiopia’s mountains. With highly dexterous fingers, they pluck grass from the mountaintops at incredible speed, pausing only occasionally to pass gastric wind caused by the fermenting grass in their bellies. They mutter and groan constantly as they shuffle their bottoms over the mountainous terrain in troops up to 1,200 individuals. I knew that the only shot that could possibly do these beautiful primates any sort of justice would be a wide-angle one. Lying in front of this male, I pressed my ear hard to the ground to obtain as low an angle as possible. Of all the wondrous primates of Africa, they remain my favourite.”
This exceptional creature is just one of many highlights on our upcoming Ethiopia – Endemic Mammals & Ethnic Diversity Photographic Expedition (5 – 17 December 2014, US$6850 per person sharing), to be led by Marius Coetzee. Other photographic targets on this thoroughly recommended adventure include the magnificent and endangered Walia Ibex and super-rare Ethiopian Wolf, while we will also explore the ancient city of Gondar, famed for its spectacular medieval castles, and the northern town of Lalibela, where we will photograph the unique 12th century monolithic churches hewn out of solid rock and rightfully considered one of the wonders of the world!
For more information on this expedition, which still has limited spaces available, please click on the link above or contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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