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Out on a Limb
Photograph by Mark W. Moffett

Plucking a spider from its web, a yellow-breasted capuchin monkey (Cebus xanthosternos) will chow down and then continue foraging for insects, fruits and seeds, even frogs and lizards. This individual, rescued from poachers, is rediscovering survival skills in a private nature reserve in southern Bahia. Others aren't so lucky and end up as pets—or as sources of meat. Hunting wild animals is prohibited in Brazil, but officials rarely enforce the law. Destruction of the forest by illegal logging and agricultural fires puts additional pressure on this critically endangered primate.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Canon 100-400mm zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Light-fill flash


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