Christian Ziegler

Barro Colorado is a 4,000-acre island in the middle of the Panama Canal. Nearly six times the size of New York’s Central Park, the island is at the heart of a wildlife sanctuary that straddles surrounding peninsulas jutting into the famous waterway. The island is home to a wonderfully intact tropical forest with thousands of…

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Barro Colorado is a 4,000-acre island in the middle of the Panama Canal. Nearly six times the size of New York’s Central Park, the island is at the heart of a wildlife sanctuary that straddles surrounding peninsulas jutting into the famous waterway. The island is home to a wonderfully intact tropical forest with thousands of…

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Kokolopori, Democratic Republic of the Congo–My alarm goes off at 3:30 and I am very excited. Maybe today I will get to see a bonobo in the wild for the first time. Along with my assistant and three Congolese trackers, we enter plantations. Slash-and-burn agriculture with three-year crop and five-year fallow is commonly practiced here,…

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Panama-based Christian Ziegler specializes in nature photography. His exclusive photos of bonobos appear in the March 2013 issue of National Geographic, illustrating The Left Bank Ape, written by David Quammen. In this blog post for News Watch, Ziegler portrays Lola ya Bonobo, a sanctuary for bonobos orphaned by hunters who took their mothers for bushmeat….

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