July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014

Family Time at Gombe

Photograph by Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers, National Geographic

The oldest chimp in Gombe and undisputed matriarch of the S family, Sparrow, a 56-year-old female (second from the right, looking up) and two generations of offspring enjoy a tight-knit grooming session. “Sparrow is a tough old bird,” observes Carson Murray, who followed her for several seasons. “She raises strong, competent daughters,” Murray says, “but her sons are mama’s boys.”

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19 comments
Eduardo Lopez
Eduardo Lopez

this shot gives me the feeling that they aren't just animals, they are part of us and the world around us

Stephen Mintram
Stephen Mintram

Wonderful lighting. Chimps expressions so beautifully defined.

pala lechat
pala lechat

This makes my heart sing, thank you so much for sharing it!

Sungyoung Park
Sungyoung Park

Sparrow's loving family, I wish always happy and healthy. This an excellent picture shows I appreciate for Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers, National Geographic.

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

Could be any 'family' one supposes but this is a very special family caught in a very intimate family scene.  It is a fantastic pic and so well framed and presented. The light is really nice and the shadows make the pic of course.  Congrats and thanks for sharing such delight.

Seattle Katz
Seattle Katz

I noticed the matriarch's eyes in this shot right away - she is beautiful and looks the part.  I appreciate the fact that the photographer knows about the family structure and shared that detail as well.  Well done!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Me,my children, and grand children, more tight knit than some human families. A beautiful portrait, that is to be much admired as is the photographer who gave it to us. Thank you.  J.e.s.........

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

Incredible capture.  This is one of those pictures that  captures the animals spirit and soul, and makes me hope one day we will be at peace not just with each other as humans but with all living things.

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