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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Welcome - Sheena Har­vey Ed­i­tor sheena.har­vey@im­me­di­ate.co.uk

We’re used to look­ing at hu­man faces and work­ing out what kind of mood their own­ers are in. But when we’re watch­ing our near-re­la­tions, the non-hu­man pri­mates, in a doc­u­men­tary, chances are we’re pay­ing more at­ten­tion to what they are do­ing with their bod­ies, and the vo­cal­i­sa­tions they are mak­ing, than we are study­ing their faces. Well, as top wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers Fiona Rogers and Anup Shah have shown in their fan­tas­tic im­ages (p66) other pri­mates use the mus­cles of their faces in sim­i­lar ways to our­selves. One glance and the look of love, fear, anger, hu­mil­ity and su­pe­ri­or­ity is ap­par­ent and needs no body lan­guage, chat­ter or croon to make the emo­tion be­hind it abun­dantly clear.

Fa­cial ex­pres­sions were un­doubt­edly fur­thest from the mind of Vin­cent Munier, though, on his re­cent trip to cap­ture im­ages of Ti­betan wildlife (p78). As you can imag­ine from the pic­ture above, ‘I’m frozen’ was prob­a­bly the ex­pres­sion most ev­i­dent on his face!

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