Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, Cameroon
This is Arvid, an orphaned chimpanzee of the illegal bushmeat trade, at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon. He developed meningitis very young, leaving him with limited use of his arms and paralyzed from the waist down. I spent three months volunteering at the Center and spent a lot of time with him. On my last night in the jungle, I took this photo while we sat quietly in the forest together watching wild monkeys jump from tree to tree above our heads. I will never forget the understanding look in his eyes as I said goodbye to him that night. Sadly, Arvid passed away in May.
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Sony DSLR a390 with standard 18-55mm lens