Photographer Captures Some Hilarious Close Up Portraits off the World’s Most Unusual Primates

Photographer Mogens Trolle has captured stunning wildlife photos on all seven continents for over two decades. He has trained as a zoologist and wildlife biologist and specializes in mammals. He has used his knowledge of them and his keen eye to capture each creature’s unique personality. His photographs of monkeys display micro-expressions that we can see on other humans.

Their uncanny resemblance to humans is shown by the hilarious close-up portraits of some of the world’s most unusual primates.

Wanna hang?

A black crested macaque I going to have some fun. These charming and smart monkey species greet by smiling. Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Proboscis monkey

Proboscis monkey bachelor has a perfectly peaceful expression on his face. The pale eyelids cheat enemies to think the monkey has open eyes. Borneo.

The zen monkey

The rare red-shanked douc is one of the world’s most colorful monkeys of Vietnam. It has closed eyes showing its light blue eye shadow.

Mandrill in the mood

“Several times during the almost half an hour he sat in front of me he would make this curious facial expression, a crooked smile and twisting the tongue. Normally you would think of showing teeth as a threat, but a mandrill researcher has told me that this particular display is meant to show friendly intentions. He definitely did appear friendly. From the wild in Gabon.”

Eye to eye with a young snow monkey in snowy weather

On fire

Black-crested macaque male. The monkey feeds mostly on fruits and invertebrates despite the impressive canines. It lives in troops that can grow to more than 100 individuals. Sulawesi, Indonesia.


The golden snub-nosed monkey lives in the mountains of Western China. It is one of the monkeys in the world that live in the socially most advanced societies. They congregate in troops of up to more than 400 strong. Each member knows many other individuals. The golden monkey has the biggest brain of all the colobine monkeys and they spend many hours watching each other. Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi.

The mark of power

This is Gelada male. It has hourglass-shaped chest mark that is bright red in alpha males like this one and pink in bachelors. Red symbolizes power. Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.

Bathing time

This is the only one monkey troop in the world frequents a hot spring, the one at jigokudani in the cold mountains of japan. Here two mothers and their kids. As getting to use the thermal pool is a privilege, dominant females spend more time at the spa than subordinate females. Than children of females further down the social ladder, infants of dominant females get to bath. Males that migrate into the jigokudani troop as adults never acquire the habit of bathing in the hot spring as you only learn the habit as a kid.

Baby baboon is posing for a portrait. Buffalo Springs, Kenya.

The Good, the Bad and the Mischievous

Baby yeti

“Four-months old yunnan snub-nosed monkey, the highest-dwelling monkey species in the world. It lives in the mountains in up to 4,700 meters where the average temperature is below zero for four months of the year and where the thick-furred creature can be seen walking through the snow. Baima snow mountain national nature reserve, yunnan, china.”

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