Ready for their close up! Cheeky chimps pose for the camera as they play at a sanctuary for orphaned animals in Guinea
- The stunning pictures were captured at the Centre for the Conservation of Chimps in a national park in Guinea
- There are more than 40 orphaned chimps living at the centre who were seen playing and swinging from trees
- David Greyo, a Swiss photographer who has also volunteered to protect chimpanzees, took the pictures
Adorable chimps have been pictured playing in sand, swinging from trees and curling up in low branches in stunning close-up pictures taken at a sanctuary.
One of the pictures, of a chimp staring right up the lens from underneath the camera, has stolen the hearts of thousands who have liked the image on social media.
The beautiful pictures were taken at the Centre for the Conservation of Chimps (CCC) in the Haut-Niger National Park in Guinea, which is home to over 40 orphaned chimps.
Photographer David Greyo from Lausanne, Switzerland, who also works for an association that protects chimpanzees and collects poached orphans, captured the animals on camera.
Guess who: One of the chimps grins and stares right up at the lens from underneath the camera in an adorable close-up
Thoughtful: A chimp looks up at the camera at the Centre for the Conservation of Chimps in the Haut-Niger National Park
Cracking me up: Two chimps appear to laugh as they play with each other while hanging from branches at the sanctuary
My perch: A bonobo sits in a tree at the conservation centre, in one of the stunning pictures taken by a Swiss photographer
Listen to me: One of the chimpanzees points its finger and looks at the camera at the conservation centre in Guinea
Getting his hands dirty: One of the chimps throws sand over himself in an adorable picture at the sanctuary in Guinea
He said: ‘There are lots of different tasks at the sanctuary and I tried to capture them all in the images. We feed and care for 40 chimps and they spend the night in cages.
‘Then during the day time we take them out into the forest where they are totally free. It’s to teach them how to survive in this environment.
‘In the wold, young chimpanzees learn all that from their parent and from the group but here the sanctuary staff have to play the role of parents.
‘It was a great experience being there but I’m a little pessimistic about the future of the species.
‘Each year the sanctuary welcomes new chimpanzees and there are now more than 40 boarders.’
On my way: A chimp swings from a hanging branch at the Centre for the Conservation of Chimps in Guinea
Time for a break: One of the adorable chimps relaxes in a tree at the Centre for the Conservation of Chimps in Guinea
More where that came from: A young chimp picks up sand at the centre in the Haut-Niger National Park in Guinea
Pensive: A chimp leans to one side and looks straight at the camera in one of the spectacular close-up images
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