Entwined lives

Tim Laman's Image

Orang-utans have excellent memories and make mental maps of the forest to find fruiting trees.

Here a young male climbs 30 metres up a fruiting strangler fig entwined around a tree in the Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo – one of the few protected strongholds left for the endangered ape. Dense rainforest such as this provides a rich habitat and is essential for their survival.

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

  • GoPro HERO4 Black
  • 1/30 sec at f2.8
  • Gunung Palung National Park, Indonesia
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