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Photographer Captures Hilarious Close Up Portraits of Some of the World’s Most Unusual Primates

For over two decades, photographer Mogens Trolle has captured stunning wildlife photos on all seven continents. Trained as a zoologist and wildlife biologist, he specializes in mammals and uses his knowledge of them—as well his keen eye—to capture each creature’s unique personality. His photographs, especially those of monkeys, showcase micro-expressions that look like the kind we’re used to seeing on other humans.

Hilarious close-up portraits of some of the world’s most unusual primates show their uncanny resemblance to humans.

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A black crested macaque getting ready to get some fun out of life. These charming and smart monkey species greet by smiling. Sulawesi, Indonesia.

 

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Proboscis monkey

Proboscis monkey bachelor with a perfectly peaceful expression on his face. The pale eyelids are believed to serve the purpose of cheating enemies to think the monkey has open eyes. Borneo.

 

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THE ZEN MONKEY

The rare red-shanked douc of Vietnam, one of the world’s most colorful monkeys, with closed eyes showing its light blue eye shadow.

 

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Yunnan snub-nosed monkey male showing teeth

 

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Mandrill in the mood

“Several times during the almost half an hour he sat in front of me he would make this curious facial expression, a crooked smile and twisting the tongue. Normally you would think of showing teeth as a threat, but a mandrill researcher has told me that this particular display is meant to show friendly intentions. He definitely did appear friendly. From the wild in Gabon.”

 

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The Good, the Bad and the Mischievous

 

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Monday morning feel

The doucs have these beautiful almond-shaped eyes, giving them a very mild appearance. Son Tra Nature Reserve, Vietnam.

 

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BABY YETI

“Four-months old Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, the highest-dwelling monkey species in the world. It lives in the mountains in up to 4,700 meters where the average temperature is below zero for four months of the year and where the thick-furred creature can be seen walking through the snow. Baima Snow Mountain National Nature Reserve, Yunnan, China.”

 

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Eye to eye with a young snow monkey in snowy weather

 

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ON FIRE

Black-crested macaque male showing teeth. Despite the impressive canines the monkey feeds mostly on fruits and invertebrates. It lives in troops that can grow to more than 100 individuals. Sulawesi, Indonesia.

 

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FOCUS

The golden snub-nosed monkey, found in the same mountain forests as the giant panda, is one of the world’s most colorful primates with its orange fur and blue face. I noticed that it had a peculiar habit that could give me the icing on the cake for a portrait. When it was watching other troop members with a focused look on its face it would from time to time stick out its tongue. I managed to capture the moment and the pink tongue crested a perfect trinity of colors. Shaanxi, China.

 

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RUDE

Snub-nosed monkeys flipping the finger. No offense intended, though. First picture is a Yunnan snub-nosed monkey and the second a golden snub-nosed monkey, both species from the mountains of China.

 

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THE MARK OF POWER

Gelada male with its characteristic hourglass-shaped chestmark that is bright red in alpha males like this one and pink in bachelors. Red being the color symbolizing power. Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.

 

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MOTHER, FATHER, CHILD

Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, the highest-living monkey in the world and probably the wild primate surviving in the harshest environment. At some sites where it lives average monthly temperature is below zero for four or more months each year. These three are from the Baima Snow Mountain National Nature Reserve in Yunnan, SW China.

 

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THE ACROBAT

Red-shanked douc female. Notice the long hands and feet, an adaptation to its acrobatic lifestyle. Like a trapeze artist in a circus it fearlessly jumps up to 6 meters between trees with outstretched hands, trusting that it will be able to catch a branch on the other side. Son Tra Peninsula, Vietnam.

 

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Proboscis monkey alpha male from Sabah, Borneo.

 

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Baby baboon posing for a portrait. Buffalo Springs, Kenya.

 

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CHARISMA

Portfolio of a wild mandrill alpha male. Cool as they come with lots of attitude and wits. Photographed in the jungle of Gabon in Central Africa on one of my more adventurous trips.

 

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