Melissa Legarda

Melissa Legarda
A wild chimpanzee languidly inspects his inner palm. // This was one of the more habituated chimps in the conservation park. He didn’t mind us standing nearby to observe his behaviour. He did his own thing, nibbling on bugs and rolling around lazily. His actions were so remarkably human. They reminded me of The Planet of the Apes series - a fictional universe which I love, and which I do believe is feasible on some level, considering that chimpanzee genomes have reached a 96% similarity to humans in some cases (if anomalies are overlooked). I feel blessed to have been allowed to watch them in their natural habitat. Taken with an SLR! (at Kibale National Park)

A wild chimpanzee languidly inspects his inner palm. // This was one of the more habituated chimps in the conservation park. He didn’t mind us standing nearby to observe his behaviour. He did his own thing, nibbling on bugs and rolling around lazily. His actions were so remarkably human. They reminded me of The Planet of the Apes series - a fictional universe which I love, and which I do believe is feasible on some level, considering that chimpanzee genomes have reached a 96% similarity to humans in some cases (if anomalies are overlooked). I feel blessed to have been allowed to watch them in their natural habitat. Taken with an SLR! (at Kibale National Park)

Mel left London to chase summer around the world, one country at a time. She loves the ocean, writing postcards, and solo exploration. Travel with her on Instagram.