End of the line?

Tim Laman's Image

Each of these youngsters represents a mother killed by poachers.

Carers at the International Animal Rescue facility in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, wheelbarrow the orphans to the forest to play, so they can learn survival skills. The chances of these infants being able to return to the wild are slim, as they have lost the cultural knowledge they should have gained from their mothers.

Behind the lens

Tim Laman

Tim Laman


Tim is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist with a reputation for returning from the wild with shots of nearly impossible subjects. His pioneering research in the rainforest canopy led to a PhD from Harvard University and the first of many articles for National Geographic magazine. His work has garnered numerous awards, including many in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 24-105mm f4 lens
  • 1/1000 at f4
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