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Protecting the chimps using photography

Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Maria Mutagamba (L) and French Ambassador to Uganda Sophie Makam. Photo Alfred Ochwo

Provocative, surreal, enchanting and highly inviting is Jean Michel Krief’s work highlighting wildlife photography, for more than 15 years.

He has participated and testified to the work carried out with his wife, Sabrina Krief, a veterinarian primatologist, on the effects of human activities on the behaviour and ecology of chimpanzees.

Together, through the Project Association for the Conservation of Great Apes, they have designed various outreach projects and environmental education.

In February, The French National Museum of Natural History started hosting an exhibition at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Set to go on until March 21.

It is aptly titled On The Track Of The Great Apes and aimed at raising public awareness about the lifestyle of the apes in the tropical forests and the threats they face.

Last Friday at the French embassy in Nakasero, the museum alongside the Kriefs exhibited their works. Many of the pictures on display, at the fence of the embassy, were of chimpanzees relaxing, feeding and others with people watching them, plus the surrounding communities.

The exhibition in more than one way shows the close relationship between chimpanzees and humans; in one picture, they were collecting food and taking a nap in the other.

“These images should be testimony that humans must protect the environment than destroying it,” said Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Maria Mutagamba, the chief guest.

The primatologists of the National Museum of Natural History have been studying the health and interaction of apes with nature and humans. Much of their findings are documented in these amazing pictures.

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