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A big, beautiful pant hoot to all my new followers! (And you old loyal servants as well…)
©NJ Wight for Fauna

A big, beautiful pant hoot to all my new followers! (And you old loyal servants as well…)

©NJ Wight for Fauna

In Their Hands: In Support of Steven Wise is a very meaningful post I wrote yesterday in support of the legal work of Steven Wise on behalf of captive chimpanzees in NY. I would be very grateful if you might click through and take a look. If you are at all moved by the photos, please help circulate. Much obliged.
"It is through their hands that I try to know them–their emotion, power, strength, intelligence, desire, anger, curiosity and humour. It all flows from those muscular hands; life lines traversing palms, agile fingers with knuckles creased and cracked, dried cuticles edging smooth 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. It is not that their hands are so much like mine that captivates me, it is that mine are so much like theirs."

In Their Hands: In Support of Steven Wise is a very meaningful post I wrote yesterday in support of the legal work of Steven Wise on behalf of captive chimpanzees in NY. I would be very grateful if you might click through and take a look. If you are at all moved by the photos, please help circulate. Much obliged.

"It is through their hands that I try to know them–their emotion, power, strength, intelligence, desire, anger, curiosity and humour. It all flows from those muscular hands; life lines traversing palms, agile fingers with knuckles creased and cracked, dried cuticles edging smooth 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. It is not that their hands are so much like mine that captivates me, it is that mine are so much like theirs."

My new friend Eugene is adapting well to his sanctuary surroundings and he really enjoys his heat lamp. If you would like to read more about his rescue after 27 years in “prison,” check this fauna tumblr post.  
I love being the papparaza to the primates!

My new friend Eugene is adapting well to his sanctuary surroundings and he really enjoys his heat lamp. If you would like to read more about his rescue after 27 years in “prison,” check this fauna tumblr post.  

I love being the papparaza to the primates!

This is Eugene, a Japanese macaque who has been living in a concrete cell for the past 26 years. This week he was rescued by the great folks at Fauna! (http://faunachimps.tumblr.com) So, now I get to photograph and talk to this peaceful soul as he lives out the last chapter of his life in a big beautiful place with lots of light, access to the outdoors, delicious fresh food choices and good friends. This was taken when we first met and I look forward to many more moments together.

This is Eugene, a Japanese macaque who has been living in a concrete cell for the past 26 years. This week he was rescued by the great folks at Fauna! (http://faunachimps.tumblr.com) So, now I get to photograph and talk to this peaceful soul as he lives out the last chapter of his life in a big beautiful place with lots of light, access to the outdoors, delicious fresh food choices and good friends. This was taken when we first met and I look forward to many more moments together.



Happy St Pat’s Birthday to my dear friend Sue Ellen! She turns 46. Sue Ellen was one of the first 8 chimpanzees infected with the HIV virus that were ever released to sanctuary. (Check out http://faunachimps.tumblr.com

Happy St Pat’s Birthday to my dear friend Sue Ellen! She turns 46. Sue Ellen was one of the first 8 chimpanzees infected with the HIV virus that were ever released to sanctuary. (Check out http://faunachimps.tumblr.com

Sad monkey. Must be a team USA hockey fan…next time cheer for Canada little monkey. Beer and bananas this week!

Sad monkey. Must be a team USA hockey fan…next time cheer for Canada little monkey. Beer and bananas this week!

This is one of the last photos I took of Yoko before he passed away on January 30. What a brave soul. He was an amazing chimpanzee who should never have had to suffer the atrocities of medical research. You are missed Little Man. Thank you for allowing me to spend time with you.
To learn more about Yoko and the 12 other amazing chimpanzees at Fauna, check out their brand new website. http://www.faunafoundation.org

This is one of the last photos I took of Yoko before he passed away on January 30. What a brave soul. He was an amazing chimpanzee who should never have had to suffer the atrocities of medical research. You are missed Little Man. Thank you for allowing me to spend time with you.

To learn more about Yoko and the 12 other amazing chimpanzees at Fauna, check out their brand new website. http://www.faunafoundation.org

This is my friend Yoko who is very much on my mind today. He is very, very ill. He is one of the courageous chimps living at Fauna and I have had the great privilege of trying to document this last chapter in his remarkable life. Please share this post and send some positive energy his way as he deals with the multitude of problems his body is struggling with after years of hardcoire research use. No soul should have to endure what Little Man has survivied. You need to read his story.

He is now surrounded by loving friends at Fauna-human and chimpanzee-who are taking very good care of him. His extraordinary will to live is a testament to his strength and courage. Thank-you Yoko for allowing me to see you and for poking me-reminding me that although you are very weak indeed, you are still very capable of sharing your feelings. Peace awaits you. xo

If you would like to learn more about chimpanzees in research and the work that is being done to get them out, visit http://releasechimps.org/

You can also check the Faunachimps tumblr here.

My Brother’s Keepers.

Vervet monkeys perch and played on this 700 year old fig tree in the Sabi Sands. I have never seen such a majestic tree!

Welcome to all you new followers who have jumped on board. I hope you enjoy the journey. Please pop by Facebook if you are into that kind of thing. I like friends to play with over there too! https://www.facebook.com/njwight

Welcome to all you new followers who have jumped on board. I hope you enjoy the journey. Please pop by Facebook if you are into that kind of thing. I like friends to play with over there too! https://www.facebook.com/njwight

faunachimps:

The remarkable Chance.

I have missed my chimpanzee friends at Fauna while away. Looking forward to seeing them and photographing them all again next week.

faunachimps:

The remarkable Chance.

I have missed my chimpanzee friends at Fauna while away. Looking forward to seeing them and photographing them all again next week.

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

faunachimps:

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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