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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Cheeky Chimp

Tracking Common Chimpanzees in Mahale was very confrontational. This chimpanzee displayed behaviour that reminded me of its close relative, the human being. In fact, the entire experience with them was a mirror of human behaviour and it was very touching to be so close to them physically but also to feel close to them emotionally. - Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania - "Endangered" status on IUCN Red List

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Date Taken: 11.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Copyright: © Ingrid Vekemans