In part 2 of this series, I am excited to share my favourite animal photos of the year. Admittedly, it was tough to narrow it down to just a handful of monkey pictures. I had my first experiences interacting with monkeys (Macaques, specifically) in Vietnam, and was delighted to run into them again many times along my journey.
This little lady was chained up in the yard of an Airbnb I stayed at on Phú Quốc island, South-West of Vietnam. As you can imagine, she was not happy about being locked up, but seemed to enjoy interacting with me, and was more than happy to eat my fruit.
It's the feline equivalent of the "we will get along shirt" . Taken on Cát Bà island, North-Eastern Vietnam.
The denim vest. Who wore it better? This guy or Bieber? On the street in Hanoi, Northern Vietnam.
I snapped this pretty lady in the national park of Mu Koh on Koh Lanta in Southern Thailand. The tribe of Macaques living in this park is super chill around humans, and will casually wander up to you, waiting for the perfect moment to snatch something tasty out of your bag (or hands!). This one had her sight(s) set on my stainless steel water bottle.
The Singapore zoo was easily the best (and least depressing) one I've been to, and the highlight for me was the tribe of over 90 Hamadryas Baboons. One can watch them engage in all sorts of fascinating social behaviours... including mating. This honey's swollen behind means she's ripe for the picking.
At Arashiyama Monkey Park in Kyoto, the roles are reversed! Us humans are caged, while the monkeys (Japanese Macaques or "Snow Monkeys") roam free, approaching the cage of humans to receive food at their leisure. We are given instructions not to touch them or look them in the eye.
If you missed Part 1 of the series, you can see it here. Part 3 soon to follow.