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97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos


 

Some great pictures of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

Santan the Orangutan at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

These primate portraits are part of a project called 97% Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of orangutans, gorillas and baboons.

Picture: Santan the orangutan at Melbourne Zoo

Picture: Arthur Xanthopoulos/Barcroft Media

 

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

A western lowland gorilla at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

Arthur Xanthopoulos, 38, captured the expressions of his primate subjects at Melbourne Zoo, Australia.

Picture: A western lowland gorilla

Picture: Arthur Xanthopoulos/Barcroft Media

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

A baboon at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

"These primates have the ability to recognise I have a camera and I’m taking photos of them," said Arthur. "They change their behaviour in response to my presence just like a human model would do. There’s a personal interaction between myself and the apes which I convey through the pictures. I hope to let their unique personalities shine through so people can feel this for themselves, particularly through eye contact- which is a powerful way of communicating for both humans and apes."

Picture: A baboon at the zoo

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

Santan the Orangutan at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

The unmistakably intelligent face of Santan, a 33-year-old orangutan, is shown by the way he looks curiously over his shoulder with his gentle eyes. He is known as the toolmaker by his keepers because he fashions makeshift cutlery to eat with and has a love of solving the puzzles they set for him.

Picture: Arthur Xanthopoulos/Barcroft Media

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

Ape at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

"I’m holding up a mirror to people in the way they see themselves," said Arthur. "I want them to question who we are as humans and what we want to represent. When people look at the images I’ve created I hope they will see their own reflection and this will make them think how much more we have in common with primates than the difference in our bodies might suggest. I see my work as a way to create a degree of awareness in people’s minds and help them to see these animals in a different way."

Picture: Arthur Xanthopoulos/Barcroft Media

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos

Suma the Orangutan at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Primate portraits, part of a project called 97 Percent Human, which seeks to bring out the human side of the orangutans, gorillas and baboons

Female orangutan Suma, 32, gazes at the ripples of her own reflection in the pool of her enclosure.

Picture: Arthur Xanthopoulos/Barcroft Media

A few of the portraits by Arthur Xanthopoulos :

97% Human: portraits of apes by Arthur Xanthopoulos – www.telegraph.co.uk

February 21, 2011 Posted by | Animals, Blog, Blogroll, Entertainement, Internet, nature | | Leave a comment

The weirdest animals on Planet Earth


The weirdest animals on Planet Earth

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Take a look at some of the weird animals on the planet.

The star-nosed mole’s snout has 22 fleshy tentacles that are used to identify food by touch. Often found in North America, it lives in wet lowland areas and eats small invertebrates, aquatic insects, worms and molluscs

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The Hispaniolan solenodon, a strange looking shrew-like creature with a long snout and specialised teeth capable of delivering venom. Only two solenodon species exist today, one in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the other in Cuba.

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Seapigs live on, or just underneath, the bottom of the ocean and feed on the mud of the seafloor. Scientists haven’t yet worked out how they are such a successful deep-sea creature.

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The blobfish is a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than that of the water it occupies. This helps it maintain buoyancy. Hovering just above the sea-floor, the blobfish gobbles edible matter that floats past it.

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The long eared jerboa is a nocturnal mouse-like rodent found in the deserts of China and Mongolia. It has a long tail, long legs and extremely large ears. Being such a rare creature, it is in danger of extinction.

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The slender loris inhabits tropical moist lowland forests found in India or Sri Lanka. The species is threatened by habitat loss.

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The most distinctive trait of the proboscis monkey is the male’s large protruding nose. It has been suggested that the female proboscis monkey prefers big-nosed males.

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The white turtle, whose creamy colour is offset by a few hints of pink, features prominently in Chinese culture – a character in Journey to the West is turned into one for his wrongdoings.

The Telegraph.co.uk

February 8, 2011 Posted by | Animals, Blog, Blogroll, Entertainement, Funny, Internet, nature, Uncategorized, Weird | Leave a comment

Rowan Williams urges Robert Mugabe to stop persecution of Anglicans


 

Rowan Williams urges Robert Mugabe to stop persecution of Anglicans

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has written an open letter to Robert Mugabe urging him to stop the persecution of Anglicans in Zimbabwe.

 

Mugabe urged to stop Anglican persecution

Rowan Williams has urged Robert Mugabe (pictured) to stop the persecution

Aislinn Laing

By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg1:31PM GMT 31 Jan 2011

Dr Williams, speaking as head of the Anglican Communion which met last week in Dublin, said he and his fellow church leaders had been "deeply distressed to hear of the continuing bullying, harassment, and persecution" of Anglicans who supported the official church in the diocese of the capital, Harare, and further afield.

He said evidence suggested that a faction of priests led by an excommunicated bishop loyal to President Mugabe were receiving police backing to attack parishioners – many of whom have been shut out of church buildings and forced to worship in the open air.

He appealed to President Mugabe to "put an end to these abuses forthwith", adding: "We are convinced that the unmerited, unjust, and unlawful persecution of the members of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe damages further the good name and reputation of the Republic of Zimbabwe and results in untold and unnecessary additional suffering for many thousands of people."

Zimbabwe’s Anglican church has been divided since 2007 when Nolbert Kunonga, the then Bishop of Harare, split from the Anglican province of Central Africa in 2007 citing opposition to the ordination of homosexual priests and declared himself an "archbishop".

He was excommunicated the following year but retained control of several church buildings in the Zimbabwean capital including St Mary’s Anglican cathedral, which now stands locked apart from occasional services attended by a handful of stalwarts of Mr Mugabe’s Zanu PF party.

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In a letter last month to Zimbabwean Anglicans, Chad Gandiya, the Bishop of Harare, said police were harassing his parishioners claiming new laws allow them to punish any member of the congregation going within 200 metres of an Anglican church, and evict priests from their rectories.

Rowan Williams urges Robert Mugabe to stop persecution of Anglicans – Telegraph

February 2, 2011 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Computers, Disgusting, fraud, Internet, Just Wrong, People, Politics, religion | | Leave a comment