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Photo by @FransLanting “Eye to Eye” Growing old in the wild is not easy. Most apes do not live longer than thirty years, - 1624129331125925743
Photo by @FransLanting “Eye to Eye” Growing old in the wild is not easy. Most apes do not live longer than thirty years, but this male chimp drinking from a waterhole in Senegal was more than 40 years old. He was named Ross by researcher Jill Pruetz, with whom I collaborated on a story for @NatGeo. Long term research provides a unique window into the lives of individuals and their communities over time. I post this image in honor of Jane Goodall and to celebrate the new NatGeo film “JANE," which premiered last Monday in Los Angeles. Jane's pioneering work, and that of her partner, the Dutch cameraman Hugo van Lawick, who was able to capture the essence of Jane and her work, changed the way we look at chimps--and it influenced how I look at all animals. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of animals as individuals. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Jane #JaneGoodall #chimp #ape #gratitude #animal #naturelovers #wisdom #nature