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Zanzibar Red Colobus

Zanzibar Red Colobus
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-14 5:29
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture is dedicated to Harry who had some eye problems and thus could hardly follow my running guys.
So I have to stop my running gag and come to some slower pictures
Hope you enjoy!

One of Africa's rarest primates, the Zanzibar red colobus may number only about 1500. Isolated on this island for at least 1,000 years, the Zanzibar red colobus (Procolobus kirkii) is recognized as a distinct species, with different coat patterns, calls and food habits than related colobus species on the mainland.
Zanzibar red colobus live in a wide variety of drier areas of coastal thickets and coral rag scrub, as well as mangrove swamps and agricultural areas. About one third of the red colobus live in and around Jozani Forest- Ironically, the easiest monkeys to see are on farm land adjacent to the reserve. They are used to people and the low vegetation means they come close to the ground.
In Zanzibar Kiswahili, the name for the red colobus is kima punju -- "poison monkey"- and this has associations with a kind of poison used by evil-doers. Local people believe that when the monkeys have fed in an area, the trees and crops die. And dogs are thought to lose their fur if they eat the colobus. The term punju is also used to differentiate the smell of the colobus from Sykes and vervet monkeys. Colobus smell stronger and are therefore never kept as pets.
from www.galenfrysinger.com/red_colobus.htm

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-14 5:33]

Hi Tom

Great composition and POV. The detail is excellent.


Grin for the dedication! A most intriguing portrait. Though maybe not so man-like like other primates, his expression is decidedly human. Wonderful. Cheers, Klaus

Wonderful close-up Tom of this unique and rare primate.
I love the facial expression you captured. The lighting is nice and soft and creates a calm mood. Excellent detail. Are these primates small? Very interesting note.
TFS Janice

This is a very nice capture of this primate.
Very good focus,POV,Bg contrast, as well as the serene face of the subject.
Well done Tom.

hi tom,
he's looking very wise and mediative.
great POV and details.fantastic smooth colors.
a very sensitive portrait, really really,really like it!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-07-14 15:12]

Tom, this is an amazing capture.

Excellent pose, sharpness, pov and composition. I like the blurred bg too.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-14 19:24]

Hello Tom

What an amazing portrait.The DOF and POV are excellent.The focus is spot on with wonderful clarity and sharpness.It has a human like introspection about it.Nicely done.TFS


hi tom,

very special portrait.nearly a human-like expression in his face!very tender.
great sharpness and details too!
see u

Oh man, how humane can an ape look! These creatures need just a little boost of AI and they will tell us what we need to hear!

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