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Mandrill reaches for camera
January 12, 2009

Mandrill, Central Africa

A mandrill, tethered on a rope in central Africa, reaches for the camera. These colorful primates are threatened. They are often hunted as bushmeat, and many Africans consider them to be a delicacy. Mandrills are feeling the squeeze of spreading agriculture and human settlement—both are shrinking their rain forest homeland.

(Photo shot on assignment for "Clearing," March 2001, National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by Michael Nichols

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