Tim Laman (@timlaman)

Tim Laman
@timlaman

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Wildlife photojournalist for NatGeo, BBC & Cornell Lab. New orangutan species photos and story on @natgeo news. See Link>>

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/new-orangutan-species-sumatra-borneo-indonesia-animals/

Photos and Videos by @timlaman

Photo by @TimLaman.  A male Tapanuli Orangutan performing a long call, a vocalization adult male orangutans use to both let females know where they are, and to proclaim their territory to other males.  The Tapanuli Orangutan is a new, third species of orangutan just recognized by scientists, Pongo tapanuliensis, found only in one small area of N. Sumatra.  Besides the genetic and other differences, the vocalizations of Tapanuli Orangutans have also been shown by researchers to be distinct from the other two orangutan species, the Sumatran and Bornean.  The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme are working with the Indonesian govt. to help protect this species.  Check them out @socp.official.  Shot on assignment for @NatGeo. See the link in my profile to the article on @NatGeo News to learn more.

#Endangered, #orangutan, #Tapanuli, #TapanuliOrangutan, #BatangToru, #Sumatra, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @NatGeoCreative, @TimLaman.

Photo by @TimLaman.  A male Tapanuli Orangutan performing a long call, a vocalization adult male orangutans use to both let females know where they are, and to proclaim their territory to other males. The Tapanuli Orangutan is a new, third species of orangutan just recognized by scientists, Pongo tapanuliensis, found only in one small area of N. Sumatra. Besides the genetic and other differences, the vocalizations of Tapanuli Orangutans have also been shown by researchers to be distinct from the other two orangutan species, the Sumatran and Bornean. The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme are working with the Indonesian govt. to help protect this species. Check them out @socp.official.  Shot on assignment for @NatGeo.  See the link in my profile to the article on @NatGeo  News to learn more. #Endangered , #orangutan , #Tapanuli , #TapanuliOrangutan , #BatangToru , #Sumatra , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity , @NatGeoCreative , @TimLaman. 

Photo by @TimLaman.  A pristine river flows through the Batang Toru rain forest in Sumatra.  This is the home of the newly described Tapanuli Orangutan, and there are only about 110,000 hectares of habitat remaining for the Tapanuli Orangutans, according to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project (@socp.official), that has been studying this population of orangutans since 2005.  This newly recognized species, Pongo tapanuliensis, is sadly automatically the most endangered great ape, with its small population of only 800 or less.  Hopefully this new attention to this important population of orangutans will galvanize the efforts of Indonesian government and conservation groups to safeguard this area.  Please contact @socp.official, and do what you can do to help.  #Endangered, #orangutan, #Tapanuli, #TapanuliOrangutan, #BatangToru, #Sumatra, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @NatGeoCreative.

Photo by @TimLaman.  A pristine river flows through the Batang Toru rain forest in Sumatra. This is the home of the newly described Tapanuli Orangutan, and there are only about 110,000 hectares of habitat remaining for the Tapanuli Orangutans, according to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project (@socp.official ), that has been studying this population of orangutans since 2005. This newly recognized species, Pongo tapanuliensis, is sadly automatically the most endangered great ape, with its small population of only 800 or less. Hopefully this new attention to this important population of orangutans will galvanize the efforts of Indonesian government and conservation groups to safeguard this area. Please contact @socp.official , and do what you can do to help. #Endangered , #orangutan , #Tapanuli , #TapanuliOrangutan , #BatangToru , #Sumatra , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity , @NatGeoCreative. 

Photo by @TimLaman.  A Tapanuli Orangutan male threatens another orangutan in the mountains of Sumatra.  When I made this image in 2014 on assignment for @NatGeo, I didn’t know this isolated population was going to be described as a new species of orangutan, Pongo tapanuliensis!  It is amazing that in 2017, we are still making new discoveries about the great apes, our closest relatives.  But really, there is so much more to learn.  For example, our short film called “Person-of-the-Forest” which I co-directed with @MelissaLesh, reveals some of the new findings about culture in orangutans – knowledge that is passed on from mother to offspring, and friend to friend. And if you happen to be in New York City this week, you can catch the New York premier of the film at the DOCNYC film festival where it is a featured selection.  See link in my bio to watch the trailer and get the details to the opening this evening Nov 15th, where you can meet Melissa, and team members @tbfrost and @rrsuro.

#Endangered, #orangutan, #Tapanuli, #TapanuliOrangutan, #BatangToru, #Sumatra, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @NatGeoCreative.

Photo by @TimLaman.  A Tapanuli Orangutan male threatens another orangutan in the mountains of Sumatra. When I made this image in 2014 on assignment for @NatGeo , I didn’t know this isolated population was going to be described as a new species of orangutan, Pongo tapanuliensis! It is amazing that in 2017, we are still making new discoveries about the great apes, our closest relatives. But really, there is so much more to learn. For example, our short film called “Person-of-the-Forest” which I co-directed with @MelissaLesh , reveals some of the new findings about culture in orangutans – knowledge that is passed on from mother to offspring, and friend to friend. And if you happen to be in New York City this week, you can catch the New York premier of the film at the DOCNYC film festival where it is a featured selection. See link in my bio to watch the trailer and get the details to the opening this evening Nov 15th, where you can meet Melissa, and team members @tbfrost  and @rrsuro.  #Endangered , #orangutan , #Tapanuli , #TapanuliOrangutan , #BatangToru , #Sumatra , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity , @NatGeoCreative. 

Photo by @TimLaman.  A young Tapanuli Orangutan travels through the forest in Batang Toru using the tree-swaying technique, using your body weight to swing a small flexible tree over to reach the next tree.  This is a common technique used by all three orangutan species, but researchers have documented behavioral differences in this newly recognized orangutan species as well, such as unique vocalizations.  Pretty exciting that this isolated population of orangutans in Sumatra has now been confirmed as a distinct species. See the link in my profile to the article on @NatGeo News to learn more.  #Endangered, #orangutan, #Tapanuli, #TapanuliOrangutan, #BatangToru, #Sumatra, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @NatGeoCreative.

Photo by @TimLaman.  A young Tapanuli Orangutan travels through the forest in Batang Toru using the tree-swaying technique, using your body weight to swing a small flexible tree over to reach the next tree. This is a common technique used by all three orangutan species, but researchers have documented behavioral differences in this newly recognized orangutan species as well, such as unique vocalizations. Pretty exciting that this isolated population of orangutans in Sumatra has now been confirmed as a distinct species. See the link in my profile to the article on @NatGeo  News to learn more. #Endangered , #orangutan , #Tapanuli , #TapanuliOrangutan , #BatangToru , #Sumatra , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity , @NatGeoCreative. 

Photo by @TimLaman.  The newest Great Ape species, The Tapanuli Orangutan, was just described!  This is an adult male I photographed in Batang Toru in 2014, when I was lucky enough to have a chance to visit this remote site in Sumatra.  The orangutans living there, only about 800 or less, have now been shown to be genetically distinct from both the regular Sumatran Orangutans, and the Bornean Orangutans.  They are now scientifically recognized as a distinct species, and of course, are only found in the country of Indonesia.  See the link in my profile to the article on @NatGeo News to learn more.  Shot on assignment for @NatGeo.  #Endangered, #orangutan, #Tapanuli, #TapanuliOrangutan, #BatangToru, #Sumatra, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @NatGeoCreative.

Photo by @TimLaman.  The newest Great Ape species, The Tapanuli Orangutan, was just described! This is an adult male I photographed in Batang Toru in 2014, when I was lucky enough to have a chance to visit this remote site in Sumatra. The orangutans living there, only about 800 or less, have now been shown to be genetically distinct from both the regular Sumatran Orangutans, and the Bornean Orangutans. They are now scientifically recognized as a distinct species, and of course, are only found in the country of Indonesia. See the link in my profile to the article on @NatGeo  News to learn more. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo.  #Endangered , #orangutan , #Tapanuli , #TapanuliOrangutan , #BatangToru , #Sumatra , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity , @NatGeoCreative. 

Photo by @TimLaman A Lesser Bird-of-Paradise creates and explosion of plumes by just shaking his back. This is perhaps the most “classic” species of bird-of-paradise, or Burung Cendrawasih (in Indonesian) because it is so flashy and often readily seen, but it is really just one of around forty species in this incredibly diverse group of birds. I think you can understand why I keep going back to “Lands of the Bird-of-Paradise”, the Eastern parts of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and a little of Australia. This shot was made in the lowland forests of West Papua Province, Indonesia. Right now this region still has large tracts of rain forest left, but it is going to require good planning and stewardship by the people of Indonesia and PNG to safeguard all the birds-of-paradise into the future. #WestPapua, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, #birdsofparadise, #birdofparadise, #birds

Photo by @TimLaman  A Lesser Bird-of-Paradise creates and explosion of plumes by just shaking his back. This is perhaps the most “classic” species of bird-of-paradise, or Burung Cendrawasih (in Indonesian) because it is so flashy and often readily seen, but it is really just one of around forty species in this incredibly diverse group of birds. I think you can understand why I keep going back to “Lands of the Bird-of-Paradise”, the Eastern parts of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and a little of Australia. This shot was made in the lowland forests of West Papua Province, Indonesia. Right now this region still has large tracts of rain forest left, but it is going to require good planning and stewardship by the people of Indonesia and PNG to safeguard all the birds-of-paradise into the future. #WestPapua , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity , #birdsofparadise , #birdofparadise , #birds 

Photo by @TimLaman. Besides Birds-of-Paradise, perhaps the most extraordinary birds of the New Guinea region are the Bowerbirds. This is a male Vogelkop Bowerbird in the Arfak Mountains of West Papua, Indonesia in front of his bower. He has built this huge structure all by himself, and for the sole purpose of impressing females (it is not a nest or house or anything but just a display arena). He collects various objects like the flowers, leaves, acorns, and blue berries you can see here and arranges them in artistic groupings around the yard that he has cleared and carpeted in moss in the front of the bower. It is pretty mind-boggling to see one of these bowers in the forest and try to comprehend what goes on in the mind of this bird….. It is truly one of the biological wonders of the world. #bowerbird, #WestPapua, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity

Photo by @TimLaman.  Besides Birds-of-Paradise, perhaps the most extraordinary birds of the New Guinea region are the Bowerbirds. This is a male Vogelkop Bowerbird in the Arfak Mountains of West Papua, Indonesia in front of his bower. He has built this huge structure all by himself, and for the sole purpose of impressing females (it is not a nest or house or anything but just a display arena). He collects various objects like the flowers, leaves, acorns, and blue berries you can see here and arranges them in artistic groupings around the yard that he has cleared and carpeted in moss in the front of the bower. It is pretty mind-boggling to see one of these bowers in the forest and try to comprehend what goes on in the mind of this bird….. It is truly one of the biological wonders of the world. #bowerbird , #WestPapua , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity 

Photo by @TimLaman. This King Bird-of-Paradise male is in one of his many display postures, with wings spread and fluttering. Truly a jewel of the rainforest. #WestPapua, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @BirdsofParadiseProject, 
#CornellLabofOrnithology, #birdsofparadise, #birdofparadise, #birds,

Photo by @TimLaman.  This King Bird-of-Paradise male is in one of his many display postures, with wings spread and fluttering. Truly a jewel of the rainforest. #WestPapua , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity , @BirdsofParadiseProject , #CornellLabofOrnithology , #birdsofparadise , #birdofparadise , #birds ,

Photo by @TimLaman. King Bird-of-Paradise male. One of the smallest of the birds-of- paradise, the King has some extraordinary features, like the two coin-like disks at the ends of very thin tail wires that bounce around in interesting ways during display. Photographed in the lowland forests of West Papua, Indonesia. Rain forests all over the big island of New Guinea (that includes Papua Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) harbor beautiful species of birds-of-paradise. Hopefully they can be flagship species for conservation in the region which is facing rapid development. #WestPapua, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @BirdsofParadiseProject, #CornellLabofOrnithology, #birdsofparadise, #birdofparadise, #birds,

Photo by @TimLaman.  King Bird-of-Paradise male. One of the smallest of the birds-of- paradise, the King has some extraordinary features, like the two coin-like disks at the ends of very thin tail wires that bounce around in interesting ways during display. Photographed in the lowland forests of West Papua, Indonesia. Rain forests all over the big island of New Guinea (that includes Papua Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) harbor beautiful species of birds-of-paradise. Hopefully they can be flagship species for conservation in the region which is facing rapid development. #WestPapua , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity , @BirdsofParadiseProject , #CornellLabofOrnithology , #birdsofparadise , #birdofparadise , #birds ,

Photo by @TimLaman. A male Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise perches on a vine above his display court where he perches and calls to attract females. This species is pretty widespread across the lower mountains of the island of New Guinea, but the Arfak Mountains, where we are now, is a great place to see it. #ArfakMountains, #WestPapua, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @BirdsofParadiseProject, #CornellLabofOrnithology, #birdsofparadise, #birdofparadise, #birds

Photo by @TimLaman.  A male Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise perches on a vine above his display court where he perches and calls to attract females. This species is pretty widespread across the lower mountains of the island of New Guinea, but the Arfak Mountains, where we are now, is a great place to see it. #ArfakMountains , #WestPapua , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity , @BirdsofParadiseProject , #CornellLabofOrnithology , #birdsofparadise , #birdofparadise , #birds 

Photo by @TimLaman. My long-time bird-of-paradise project collaborator Edwin Scholes hikes a trail in the Arfak Mountains of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. This is one of the places we keep returning to for the unique species of birds-of-paradise found only in this Province. In fact, we are back out here right now doing some more exploring. #ArfakMountains, #WestPapua, #Indonesia, @BirdsofParadiseProject, #CornellLabofOrnithology

Photo by @TimLaman.  My long-time bird-of-paradise project collaborator Edwin Scholes hikes a trail in the Arfak Mountains of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. This is one of the places we keep returning to for the unique species of birds-of-paradise found only in this Province. In fact, we are back out here right now doing some more exploring. #ArfakMountains , #WestPapua , #Indonesia , @BirdsofParadiseProject , #CornellLabofOrnithology 

Photo by @TimLaman. A male Western Parotia Bird-of-Paradise performs a display called the “ballerina dance” on his arena in the rain forest of the Arfak Mountains in West Papua, Indonesia. The feathers the male holds out to form the skirt are not his wings at all, but special long feathers on his upper chest that he fans out… all to impress the 
females. This is an archival shot, but I’m back in the Arfak mountains right now on another bird-of-paradise trip! #Parotia, #ArfakMountains, #WestPapua, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @BirdsofParadiseProject, #CornellLabofOrnithology, 
#birdsofparadise, #birdofparadise, #birds, @natgeocreative, @thephotosociety.

Photo by @TimLaman.  A male Western Parotia Bird-of-Paradise performs a display called the “ballerina dance” on his arena in the rain forest of the Arfak Mountains in West Papua, Indonesia. The feathers the male holds out to form the skirt are not his wings at all, but special long feathers on his upper chest that he fans out… all to impress the females. This is an archival shot, but I’m back in the Arfak mountains right now on another bird-of-paradise trip! #Parotia , #ArfakMountains , #WestPapua , #Indonesia , #IndonesiaBiodiversity , @BirdsofParadiseProject , #CornellLabofOrnithology , #birdsofparadise , #birdofparadise , #birds , @natgeocreative , @thephotosociety. 

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