|White-faced Capuchins, mother and child, in Costa Rica. Photo by Sally Kneidel|
|Mother orangutan with newborn, refuge in Borneo. Photo by Sally Kneidel|
Primates are special, for me. Most animal mothers don't provide any maternal care whatsoever. Instead, they lay eggs and abandon them, never seeing their own babies. That includes most fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects, crustaceans, etc.
But birds and mammals do provide maternal care for their young. They invest huge amounts of energy into feeding their young, cleaning them, keeping them warm, protecting them from predators, and so on.
|Long-tailed Macaque sharing food with baby, Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali|
Today, on Mothers Day, I'm celebrating some of the primate mothers and babies I've photographed around the world. These pics were taken in some of my happiest moments - seeing primates doing their own thing in their natural habitats. I am very grateful for those opportunities.
Help protect the world for animals that can't fight back. Work to stop habitat destruction due to global warming. One way to do that is to get involved with Greenpeace (https://www.facebook.com/greenpeacenc). I recommend it. Greenpeace is a hard-working, dedicated group of people I'm proud to volunteer with.