w640_1081146_tim_laman_headerThis image of a Bornean orang-utan in the Gunung Palung National Park is by photographer Tim Laman.  He spent three days rope-climbing the 30-metre tree to set camera traps he could trigger remotely. This image won him the Grand Title in the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.  Tim says,

Protecting their remaining habitat is critical for orangutans to survive. If we want to preserve a great ape that retains both its vast, culturally transmitted knowledge of how to survive in the rainforest and the full richness of wild orangutan behaviour, then we need to protect orangutans in the wild now.

You can see the 100 award-winning images from the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, including Tim’s images of the Bornean orang-utan, at the London Natural History Museum.  The exhibition closes on 10 September.

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