Journal Journeys: Solitude of the Ghats

In Valparai this summer, I went for several walks in the surrounding coffee plantations – in the solitude, there was a quiescence such that I had not known before; it felt wild in a way you cannot find in Singapore, even despite the manicured coffee plants.

One encounter with a Nilgiri langur, one of the Western Ghats endemics in the region, stood out to me.

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Monkey and Child

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Young Olive Baboons (Papio anubis) have a distinctly human way of holding onto their mother’s backs at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. It’s a keen reminder of how close we are, in evolutionary terms, to monkeys after all.