Most of the time this group was on the banana table, but this one did me a favor and posed in a tree. At the time I felt very virtuous to shoot the animal in a natural setting, as opposed to the banana table with it's signage.
My understanding was that this marmoset was a hybrid. This was confusing because they all looked exactly alike. It is not a hybrid, it is the Common Marmoset. My problem was that I spoke no Portuguese and most of the people I met in Brazil had little to no English. After visiting so many places I have become used to expecting English as the universal language, but it is not so in Brazil. Brazil is so huge, it is a world unto itself. This baby marmoset has decided to leap to his banana as his elder was not sharing.
It is a great delight to watch these little guys deal with food and each other. This marmoset is a survivor and like New York's English sparrows, it is edging out the endemic species of the area. I love the way he is studying his banana.
Of course monkeys remind us of ourselves. This Vervet's behavior, perched in a tree holding a piece of fruit with his paws, while crossing his feet, is displaying something we might do just as well. These little guys don't get a lot of respect, they are around a lot and can be very bothersome at meal times, but for a traveler they are a delight.
These wild animals have a tolerance for tourist vehicles and tend to go on about their lives as if we were not there, but this image shows this mother lion's wariness extends to us as well. It is an enormous privilege to get this close to wild life and I think we all respected that.
We try not to add stress to the animals' environment.
Although not the most aesthetically pleasing mammal, warthogs have a an attraction of their own and I find them quite lovable. Here a warthog is eating, he has to get down his "wrists" to reach the ground.