LOVE AND AFFECTION
As any human parent knows, the bond that develops between us and our offspring is one of the most powerful there is. The same is true of other great apes, which like us reproduce slowly and have relatively few babies, investing huge amounts of time in their care. Female orangutans do not breed until they are 10–15 years old, bearing just one infant every 5–10 years. Here, a rehabilitated female Borneo orangutan known by researchers as Unyuk cuddles her four-year-old, Ursula, at Camp Leakey in Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia. She is clearly very attached to her daughter and the youngster returns that closeness.