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It was very special to write this post for the fauna chimps. They are such wonderful beings. Please take a visit. Thanks.

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A guest post from wildlife photographer NJ Wight.

With any form of artistic expression one works towards establishing their voice; a style that communicates an emotional connection about their subject. As a wildlife photographer, this came very early in my work.  I was drawn to the minutiae, the up close, intimate details of the creatures I was observing and photographing. My skills are always trying to catch up to the aesthetic I am chasing, but when I succeed, there is a profound moment of understanding that comes with these bits of life. Tails, teeth, lashes, hair, hips, paws, hooves, hands and feet–they captivate me. They reveal the very essence of an animal and in that moment, they inspire me to stop and to be amazed.

When I started volunteering to take photographs of the chimpanzees at the Fauna Foundation, it was their hands that changed me. The first day I met the chimps I was completely overwhelmed and humbled by these magnificent, soulful and very large animals. I wasn’t really “thinking” when I was shooting–I was too awestruck. When I got home I realized, not surprisingly, that many of the photos I had taken were of hands and fingers. Since that day, whenever I take photos of the chimpanzees, I always find myself looking for “moments” with hands and feet. They speak to me on some profound level. It is not that their hands are so much like mine that captivates me, it is that mine are so much like theirs.

It is through their hands that I try to know them–their emotion, power, strength, intelligence, desire, anger, curiosity and humor. It all flows from those muscular hands; life lines traversing palms, agile fingers with knuckles creased and cracked and dried cuticles edging nails. So full of power and emotion; they reach, hold, throw and touch. Smooth and dark, with movements that are fine-tuned and precise. With those wonderful hands, they ask. They give. They receive. Sometimes gentle, sometimes urgent–always expressive.

I can never look away.

You can read the stories of the chimps of Fauna here.

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Today is a sad day for my friends at Fauna Foundation. One year ago today, a very special soul, Pepper, passed away. I created this image of her on March 12, 2012, the very first day I met the chimps at Fauna. (faunachimps.tumblr) I was overwhelmed and mesmerized by them! Their hands. Their eyes. Their voices! It was an extraordinary experience and one I won’t forget. That first day, when I wasn’t holding my breath, I photographed Spock, Pepper and her best, friend Sue Ellen. I have now been photographing the chimps for 15 months, but this photo, from my very first encounter, is still one of my favorites. Thank you Pepper, for allowing me to see you, and to know you, if only just a little.

Today is a sad day for my friends at Fauna Foundation. One year ago today, a very special soul, Pepper, passed away. I created this image of her on March 12, 2012, the very first day I met the chimps at Fauna. (faunachimps.tumblr) I was overwhelmed and mesmerized by them! Their hands. Their eyes. Their voices! It was an extraordinary experience and one I won’t forget. That first day, when I wasn’t holding my breath, I photographed Spock, Pepper and her best, friend Sue Ellen. I have now been photographing the chimps for 15 months, but this photo, from my very first encounter, is still one of my favorites. Thank you Pepper, for allowing me to see you, and to know you, if only just a little.

I had an amazing day shooting at Fauna Wednesday. The chimps were enjoying time on the islands after the long winter indoors. 
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Binky out enjoying the spring weather yesterday!

I had an amazing day shooting at Fauna Wednesday. The chimps were enjoying time on the islands after the long winter indoors.

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Binky out enjoying the spring weather yesterday!

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Obi Wan Kenobi. (Apparently Sue Ellen is not aware Halloween is over…)

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Obi Wan Kenobi. (Apparently Sue Ellen is not aware Halloween is over…)

Their fingers and hands mesmerize me.
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“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” Jane Goodall
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Their fingers and hands mesmerize me.

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“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” Jane Goodall

We are trying to get to 2000 Facebook “likes” by November 12th. Please consider lending us a hand!

I was very happy with the emotion in this shot. Sue Ellen had been relaxing up in the skywalk and she just peeked around the corner for a moment to see who was making all the noise (that would be me.) She looked right at me and I loved the way her eyes looked inside the matching copper “frame.”  These creatures living at Fauna are truly magical. What a privilege to spend time with them-especially these little one-on-one moments.
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The gorgeous Sue-Ellen.

I was very happy with the emotion in this shot. Sue Ellen had been relaxing up in the skywalk and she just peeked around the corner for a moment to see who was making all the noise (that would be me.) She looked right at me and I loved the way her eyes looked inside the matching copper “frame.”  These creatures living at Fauna are truly magical. What a privilege to spend time with them-especially these little one-on-one moments.

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The gorgeous Sue-Ellen.

I was so happy to get this shot.  It is the first time Chance has let me photograph her. She is so gorgeous with all her glorious silvery hair. During her 14 years in the lab, Chance had a terrible time and would bite her fingers, pull out her hair and slap herself continually. Now she lives a better life at Fauna where she has learned valuable social skills from her chimp family. Please read Chance’s incredible story here.  If you are not already following faunachimps, I am sure they would welcome your support.
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The gorgeous Chance!

I was so happy to get this shot.  It is the first time Chance has let me photograph her. She is so gorgeous with all her glorious silvery hair. During her 14 years in the lab, Chance had a terrible time and would bite her fingers, pull out her hair and slap herself continually. Now she lives a better life at Fauna where she has learned valuable social skills from her chimp family. Please read Chance’s incredible story here.  If you are not already following faunachimps, I am sure they would welcome your support.

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The gorgeous Chance!

I never tire of photographing their hands. I am mesmerized by them… I still pinch myself that I am able to spend time with these remarkable beings. Please check out their home on tumblr.
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It’s back to school time for the chimps-they love recess. Find out how you can help.

I never tire of photographing their hands. I am mesmerized by them… I still pinch myself that I am able to spend time with these remarkable beings. Please check out their home on tumblr.

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It’s back to school time for the chimps-they love recess. Find out how you can help.

May I have another banana please? The charming Rachel at Fauna, enjoying a banana..or six. You can follow their antics on Facebook.

May I have another banana please? The charming Rachel at Fauna, enjoying a banana..or six. You can follow their antics on Facebook.

A big kiss to all my new followers courtesy of the gorgeous lips of Sue Ellen at Fauna. 

A big kiss to all my new followers courtesy of the gorgeous lips of Sue Ellen at Fauna. 

I envy them their tree-houses. I took this while up in a cherry picker. Getting up 50 ft at eye level was quite something.

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What a day for a daydream…

I envy them their tree-houses. I took this while up in a cherry picker. Getting up 50 ft at eye level was quite something.

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What a day for a daydream…

A letter from Fauna’s founder Gloria Grow about Pepper’s final days. It is really quite exceptional.
http://faunachimps.tumblr.com/post/26373838867/pepperupdate

A letter from Fauna’s founder Gloria Grow about Pepper’s final days. It is really quite exceptional.

http://faunachimps.tumblr.com/post/26373838867/pepperupdate

I never get tired of photographing Toby. He looks right into my heart.
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You are a handsome lad Toby!

I never get tired of photographing Toby. He looks right into my heart.

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You are a handsome lad Toby!