Wildlife photography featuring animal pictures of rainforest animals. Primates, the closest relative to humans; pictures of monkeys, macaques and remarkable oranguatans. Pictures of reptiles; extraordinary monitor lizards and captivating iguanas. Awe-inspiring animals hiding in rainforest foliage or foraging for food along sandy river edges. All part of the dazzling diversity of the rainforest.
Baby Orangutan ... just hanging around
Juvenile Bornean Orangutan inspecting the rainforest from an upside down view point whilst contentedly chomping on a leaf. His shaggy reddish coat fluffed up to give him a cuddly appearance. Bornean orang-utans have a distinctive body shape with very long arms and a tubby body. Fortunately they also have grasping hands and feet, useful when you wish to hang upside-down!
White-headed Capuchin feeding in an Acacia
White-headed Capuchin Monkey perched on an Acacia tree in the rainforest, feeding on a fruit. White-headed Capuchin Monkeys are an extremely versatile monkey. They feed on a wide variety of foods including fruit, plant leaves, small animals and invertebrates. Their ability to eat such a range of food helps them to maintain a thriving population. Also known as the White-faced capuchin.
Black Giant Squirrel partaking of breakfast
Black Giant Squirrel, rather resembling a cuddly teddy bear, leaning over a tree branch whilst contentedly munching its breakfast. Black Giant Squirrels are found in subtropical and tropical wild forests, generally preferring to feed high up in the rainforest canopy. Black Giant Squirrels prefer to eat fruits, leaves and pinecones but have competition for their favourite foods from primates and birds.
Variegated squirrel feasting on a mango
Variegated squirrel caught whilst feasting on a beautiful ripe mango. Variegated squirrels prefer soft fruits such as ripe mangos but also nibble on nuts, seeds, flowers, vines and fungi. Their colour varies substantially between individuals, even within the same area. They range from beautiful pale yellowish colourings to pale greys, making them extremely colourful and captivating squirrels.
Dusky leaf monkey munching on a sea bean tree
Dusky leaf monkey displaying imperfect teeth whilst tucking into a hearty meal provided by a Parinari (Sea Bean Tree). Dusky leaf-monkeys eat all possible food from the tree, including its leaves, unripe fruit, and flowers. Their ability to eat almost all parts of a tree is because they have amazing stomachs that can digest the cellulose found in plant cell walls.
Golden mantled howler monkey chilling out
Golden Mantled Howler Monkey Chilling out on a tree branch by the Tempisque River. The name Golden-mantled is derived from the golden brown guard hairs on its sides. They generally prefer to reside in the top third of the rainforest canopy. However they make use of all levels of the rainforest, happily chilling out on the lower branches near a cool river.
Long-tailed macaques taking exercise on a riverbank
Macaques mating on a muddy bank by the edge of the rainforest. The female appears completely unimpressed as she continues to munch on her fruit. Generally only the dominant male is allowed to mate with the females in a troop. Long-tailed Macaque males either have to challenge for leadership of the family unit or leave to try their luck in another troop.
Green Iquanas, endangered due to their popularity as pets and food
Green Iguanas have one of the largest geographic spread of the iguanas. They have extremely beautiful colouring and are agile climbers. Green iguanas have become popular as pets due to their their calm personality however they thrive best in their natural habitat. In some of their native countries they have become endangered due to their popularity as human food.