urban monkeys

This body of work documents the lives of monkeys that live alongside people. At it’s heart the project reflects my interest in the many species of non-human primate that are adapting to a man-made environment. I would also hope that from these cases we can learn how to live with other wildlife in this increasingly crowded world.

As with all big projects this is a work in progress, but at this stage it explores two highly significant factors affecting human/primate coexistence; culture and commerce. In Jaipur, as with many Indian cities, rhesus macaques are ubiquitous. Their presence is not without points of conflict, but cohabitation exists largely because of the cultural values of the human population. In the mountains of Japan snow monkeys (another species of macaque) have adopted some facets of human culture and have become a relatively well-managed tourist attraction. In Gibraltar conflict is rife, with frequent and close contact between Barbary macaques and tourists in pursuit of holiday snaps and happy memories. Each location offers lessons and experiences that can move us towards a more understanding and intelligent relationship with wild animals.

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