In returning to document great apes, Gerry also returned to a great ape world under enormous change, threat and chaos. Apes & Palm Oil, for example, illustrates how Gerry’s work detours from traditional wildlife photography to photojournalistic view of extinction in a world of complex issues. Portfolios such as his recent coverage of the 2015 fires in Borneo — Surviving on a Burnt Landscape and The Price of Palm Oil — illustrate how both his focus and approach have changed as dramatically as the world in which great apes now fight to survive.
Gerry’s great ape work was recognized in 2015 with the Global Conservation Award from the Philadelphia Zoo. His 2015-2016 global research and reporting on great apes has been made possible, in part, through the financial support of the Philadelphia Zoo Conservation and Education department, and GLOBIO.
Photos: ©Jennifer Loren (upper right), ©Gerry Ellis (bottom)