Picture of the Month
A New Generation
The Atlantic Forest of southeast Brazil is one of the most diverse eco-systems on Earth -- and one of the most endangered. Only 7% of the original forest cover still exists - the rest has been lost to cattle ranches and two of the world's biggest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
There are, however, a few remaining scraps of native forest, and within these live some wonderful animals, like this wild Golden Lion Tamarin father and baby. Once less than 200 of these animals huddled in the dwindling forest north of Rio, but with careful protection, and a worldwide captive breeding program, the population is now close to 2000.
I was standing in deep mud when I took this, wondering whether the rain was going to short-circuit my camera. But I was happy - to be in the company of these tiny primates, and to know that this young tamarin will likely have a future in the wild.
Camera : Nikon D2X Digital, Natural Light
Life, Color, Drama, Reality .... No Digital Manipulation
Review a previous Picture of the Month:
Sea Palms, 7/2005
Aster Flower, 6/2005
Siskiyou Mountains, 5/2005
Humpback Whales, 4/2005
Christo GATES , 3/2005
Eucalyptus Leaves, 2/2005
Alaskan Aurora, 1/2005
Nesting Turtle, 12/2004
Autumn Berries, 10/2004
Costa Rica, 3/2004
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