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Amalia Pica Rafael Ortega Pan troglodytes ellioti and cousins 2016 Image by Rob Battersby Installation view at FACT 4

Pan troglodytes ellioti and cousins (2016)

North-eastern Nigeria holds one of the last remaining wildernesses of jungle in West Africa. In Gashaka Gumti National Park, scientists coordinated by primatologist Volker Sommer monitor the movements of animals via camera-traps.

These surveys record members of the largest surviving population of the rarest type of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti). The jungle cameras sometimes malfunction, returning images as grainy as those from CCTV’s. In the installation of this wildlife clip, chimpanzees drift in and out of the camera’s eye. However, they are not the only ones being observed.

All works courtesy of artists and Herald St.