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That Nosy Monkey at Singapore Zoo

Meet Cyrano, the Singapore Zoo’s endangered proboscis monkey and the 6,000th species photographed by Joel Sartore for the National Geographic Photo Ark. This photograph marks the halfway mark of the project, which creates portraits of threatened species thriving under human care. Singapore is one of the only places in the world housing this primate species, with 13 in its care.

The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multi-year effort with National Geographic Fellow and Photographer Joel Sartore and the National Geographic Society to create intimate portraits of every animal under human care, an estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The photographs serve to highlight the plight of a spectrum of threatened species to as many people as possible. Many of these species may not be as charismatic or are very small. Under Joel’s lens, all of them are portrayed as equally worthy of our concerns and protection.

See more photos: nationalgeographic.org/projects/photo-ark

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