Colombian Black Spider Monkey – Zoo Photography

Many people out there dislike zoos. Animals are trapped in small cages, exposed to loud masses of people and doomed for a life in prison. Who wouldn’t understand that position? I personally like a good zoo with a plan for keeping endangered animals alive and in a best case breeding to restock natural populations. Not to forget the educational effect a zoo has. Looking at an elephant or a giraffe in a book or the internet is one thing, but who does not remember the jaw dropping moment of seeing his first Loxodonta africana in real life. Size matters.

Ateles fusciceps ssp. rufiventris as the latin name goes, is a critically endangered. This subspecies to the black-headed spider monkey has experiences an 80% population decline in the last 45 years, suffering from deforestation and hunting. It is native to north-western Colombia and eastern Panama.

During a recent visit to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park I spotted this Black Colombian Spider Monkey on 500px sitting in his enclosure, looking rather disillusioned. An looking how his kind fares in the wild, we can feel with him.

Colombian Black Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris) in his enclosure at Birmingham Zoo

Colombian Black Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris)

When doing zoo photography, I like to show the zoo environment more than hiding it.