January 12, 2009
Mandrill, Central Africa
Photograph by Michael Nichols
A mandrill, tethered on a rope in central Africa, reaches for the camera. These colorful primates are threatened. They are often hunted as bushmeat, and many Africans consider them to be a delicacy. Mandrills are feeling the squeeze of spreading agriculture and human settlement—both are shrinking their rain forest homeland.
(Photo shot on assignment for "Clearing," March 2001, National Geographic magazine)
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