February 11, 2013

Gelada, Simien Mountains

Photograph by Brian Shuchuk, Your Shot

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A moment captured during a trek in Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, in November 2012

(This photo and caption were submitted to Your Shot.)

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? Last month I ran a photograph of rather terrifying-looking geladas in full attack mode. The gelada here looks equally formidable, but I like the chance to focus on its beauty, especially the brilliance of the red markings on its chest. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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B. Guillaume
B. Guillaume

In this national park, the Simien Mountains, UNESCO and IUCN demands to the Ethiopian government to resettle the 3000 farmers living in the area. In a country where people are striving to survive, wildlife has the priority, and the priority is set by western societies. This animal shall have the right to live, as every non-human elements on earth. But today, its protection commands the extinction of man, and this, we should also know.But I admit, the picture is really nice!

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

Brian, Such an awesome image.  The eyes, though kinda tiny, in comparison to this big ones body, are keen, sharp and so very focused on something in the area!  Love the textures shown of his fur/hair as shown in contrast with the wonderful and colorful soft background.  I agree with Alexa's comment about the beauty of this animal...that red color is remarkable!  Very cool image! 

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

@B. Guillaume your information gives me food for thought...extinction of man who needs food, shelter and a place to live, too!...It good to know more about the National Park in the Simien Mountains...priority set by Western standards, but what about the people there?? Will they all be able resettle? Wondering where the 3000 were before? Life in the mountains there complicated by western standards!  Still a lovely image!

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