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Drill
16-NOV-2011

Drill

One of the world's rarest primates and Africa's most endangered primate. It is a member of the Cercopithecidae (Old-world Monkeys)
family, closely related to the baboons and even more closely to the Mandrill.

The Drill is similar in appearance to the Mandrill, but lacks the colorful face. They are semi-terrestrial monkeys, exhibiting extreme
sexual dimorphism with males weighing on the average around 37 pounds but up to 100 lbs - three times the size of females.
I would guess that this is a juvenile male, as I had the opportunity to photograph an adult male at the Barcelona zoo
in 2009:

http://www.pbase.com/drjaysel/image/125141887

They are hunted everywhere as bushmeat, and it is not uncommon for an entire group to be shot as it takes refuge in the trees.
The population on the southern tip of Bioko is one of only three known remaining populations. There are currently
forty-six drills in zoos world wide, and two of them are now in the Detroit Zoo with lots of
open space to roam in.

Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S
1/250s f/8.0 at 500.0mm iso400 with Nikon TC17EII teleconverter full exif

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Rosemarie Kusserow07-Dec-2011 08:17
Fantastic image with excellent details Jay, thanks for posting and for your interesting comment, V
Rosemarie :o)
Brian with an Eye30-Nov-2011 06:24
Fantastic textural detail, Jay.
Chris Spracklen29-Nov-2011 17:00
Impeccable capture of this impressive animal, Jay!
Fantastic details and perfect exposure.
Cindi Smith27-Nov-2011 15:24
What a fine speciman. It is sad they they've been hunted but cultures pass down tradition and sometimes that is not a good thing. What an excellent image, Jay!
peterjay4527-Nov-2011 02:34
Outstanding, jay, great clarity and detail.
Buz Kiefer25-Nov-2011 18:39
Razor sharp Jay and beautifully exposed.
Michelle Boulard25-Nov-2011 14:42
Superbe !!
heather25-Nov-2011 11:37
Wonderful capture.. the detail is amazing. Very interesting info. V
Walter O. Koenig24-Nov-2011 18:33
Great details and clarity in this image Jay. I believe you are right, it is a female.
Peter Stahl24-Nov-2011 17:00
Amazing detail and great info Jay! :-)
Stephanie24-Nov-2011 11:44
What a beautiful image jay!!! It's hard to believe that people would hunt down and attempt to wipe out a species...
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal24-Nov-2011 08:27
Wow, nice shot Jay with perfect details. V
Ton
Tom Munson24-Nov-2011 03:47
What a handsome animal! Great work, Jay!
fotabug24-Nov-2011 01:41
Great shot! I sure hope they can survive man.
Hank Vander Velde24-Nov-2011 01:19
A beautiful tack sharp portrait Jay. Good info too. Thanks for sharing.
coaster24-Nov-2011 01:18
Wonderful portrait, Jay.
Jim Coffman24-Nov-2011 00:31
Absolutely amazing detail! Great work,Jay!
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