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Jungle Palm
Photograph by Mattias Klum

It's hauntingly human-like, yet a kinkajou's paw lacks an opposable thumb. This hardly inhibits performance. "They can grab a fig just like you can grab an apple," says Roland Kays. "They often use just one hand when they eat." While claws help them climb trees, the pads give good traction for moving horizontally along branches. And, Kays notes, "The folding patterns in their hands give them life lines, just like humans."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Nikkor 100mm f/2.8 microlens
Speed and F-Stop: 1/50 @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: SB-80 DX flash strobe



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