Monkey Selfie © David J Slater

The Monkey Selfie by David J Slater


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Click to read the original story about how I created my famous monkey "selfie"

"If it weren't for a cheeky monkey named Naruto [umm, actually Ella], who, as the story goes, stole a photographer's camera in an Indonesian park and snapped a selfie, crested black macaques might still be languishing in obscurity."   
Jennifer Holland, National Geographic, March 2017

Monkey Selfie © David J Slater

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Greta Monkey Selfie drawing 

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A Personal Statement regarding the macaques in Sulawesi:

The crested black macaque is an extraordinary animal, but one that is severely threatened and need of urgent conservation.

Photographing and publicising their plight was the reason I visited the island.

When I first published the images in the UK, I had no idea of the storm that this would bring upon me. It wasn't just from Wikipedia but from the conservation community also.

Bringing this monkey to the attention of millions has had its downside, and that was one reason why I partnered with a macaque conservation group in 2014.

Not only did I raise money for the conservation project, through canvas sales kindly donated by Picanova and direct print sales, but I helped the group to promote a new code of ethics when visiting these macaques in Sulawesi.  I am now told that the increased interest in these macaques has led to an increase in tourism to the area, with many hoping for a similar experience to the one I had.

Due to the success of the photgraphs, close contact with these animals has now to be discouraged. Their fascination with humans can only lead to trouble, such as biting and even possible disease communication.

I would urge anyone visiting these animals to abide by the ethical code that at least a 5 metre separation should exist between you and the macaques.  Respect the guides who should now have been trained to keep a distance.  5 metres is nothing!  You will be able to get close up portrait photos of these charismatic creatures with a fairly standard lens.

I honestly believe that positive human experiences with animals is of great benefit to the long term conservation of any animal.  It is not just science that paves the way to save animals but human experience too. Please do not try and touch them now that these animals are in everyones thoughts.


David J Slater,  September 2016


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