Tuesday, January 26, 2010

'Nonja' the Orangutan becomes a Photographer

                                                 Not 'Nonja'...her pin up perhaps

Orangutan sells photos on eBay

Nonja the orangutan photographer has put her work up for sale on the internet to raise cash for her relatives in the wild.

The artistic ape's handiwork has been viewed by tens of thousands of fans on Facebook after keepers at Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo in Austria gave her a digital camera and set up a Facebook account for her.

And this week the zoo confirmed that an exhibition of the best 20 snaps had been unveiled in the zoo and the framed works printed on canvas were being sold online on eBay - with each picture personally signed by Nonja with her trademark thumbprint signature.

Cash raised will go to protecting the habitat of wild orangutans in Borneo.

Zoo boss Dagmar Schratter said: "Orangutans are a very endangered species and only found in northern Sumatra and Borneo. There are probably only about 20,000 now......

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