Dazzling new photobook reveals the beauty and fragility of the world’s jungles

Bats catching fish, snakes snatching eggs and chimps enjoyable after lunch: Beauty and drama of world’s rainforests introduced in dazzling photobook

  • The e-book has been put collectively by prolific photojournalist Christian Ziegler and his biologist spouse Daisy Dent
  • The tome options nearly 200 photographs of the world’s jungles and their vegetation, flowers, fruits and wildlife 
  • Ziegler says: ‘With this e-book, Daisy and I wish to encourage you to care about the future of these forests’  

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Move over Mowgli and Baloo, there is a new jungle e-book on the town – a model new version of the beautiful espresso desk e-book Jungle Spirits has simply been launched. 

Published by teNeues (www.teneues.com), the 240-page tome has been put collectively by award-winning photojournalist Christian Ziegler – a former Wildlife Photographer of the Year – and his tropical biologist spouse, Daisy Dent.

It’s an ode to the tropical splendour of our planet’s most numerous ecosystems and options nearly 200 images of the world’s rainforests and jungles, taken on 4 completely different continents by 20 completely different photographers. 

TeNeues says: ‘Ziegler’s one-of-a-kind photographs immerse us in pristine landscapes, allow us to uncover fascinating creatures like bonobos, chameleons, and bats, and delight us with uncommon vegetation. Brilliant close-ups present the sculpture-like beauty of flora and fauna.’

Its pages are additionally stuffed with explanations of the pure phenomena that happen in tropical ecosystems and anecdotes about the experiences the authors had when compiling the e-book. Ziegler and Dent clarify that they’ve created the e-book as each a celebration of tropical forests and a plea for assist.  

Ziegler says: ‘We are dropping our tropical forests and the species that dwell there. With this e-book, Daisy and I wish to dazzle you with the beauty and ingenuity of tropical nature and to encourage you to care about the future of these forest habitats.’ Scroll down for a style of the e-book’s unimaginable images. 

This striking image of a female bonobo was taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her lips are stained with red clay. Ziegler explains: 'Bonobos often eat clay to help them digest unripe fruit.' There's an entire chapter dedicated to bonobos in Jungle Spirits. Ziegler refers to the animals as 'our unknown cousins'

This placing picture of a feminine bonobo was taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her lips are stained with crimson clay. Ziegler explains: ‘Bonobos usually eat clay to assist them digest unripe fruit.’ There’s a whole chapter devoted to bonobos in Jungle Spirits. Ziegler refers to the animals as ‘our unknown cousins’

This characterful photograph captures a southern cassowary in action. According to Ziegler, these flightless birds are native to Papua New Guinea and Queensland, Australia, and they play an important role in seed dispersal. The berries on the floor of this snap belong to a blue quandong plant, which is native to Queensland

This characterful {photograph} captures a southern cassowary in motion. According to Ziegler, these flightless birds are native to Papua New Guinea and Queensland, Australia, and they play an essential function in seed dispersal. The berries on the flooring of this snap belong to a blue quandong plant, which is native to Queensland

In this powerful photo, a fearsome-looking greater bulldog bat catches a fish in Lake Gatun, Panama. In the book Ziegler writes about how he once climbed into the rotted-out trunk of a tree in order to photograph the sleeping bats inside. He says: 'The smell is overwhelming and stings my eyes and nose - I am standing on a soft mound of bat droppings alive with cockroaches'

In this highly effective photograph, a fearsome-looking higher bulldog bat catches a fish in Lake Gatun, Panama. In the e-book Ziegler writes about how he as soon as climbed into the rotted-out trunk of a tree with a purpose to {photograph} the sleeping bats inside. He says: ‘The odor is overwhelming and stings my eyes and nostril – I’m standing on a tender mound of bat droppings alive with cockroaches’

According to Ziegler, the blue morphotype of panther chameleon that's pictured in this stunning image is very rare in the wild due to exploitation by the exotic pet trade. The book explains how this particular species is endemic to the area around Ambanja, a city in northern Madagascar

According to Ziegler, the blue morphotype of panther chameleon that is pictured on this beautiful picture may be very uncommon in the wild as a result of exploitation by the unique pet commerce. The e-book explains how this specific species is endemic to the space round Ambanja, a metropolis in northern Madagascar

This colourful photo shows a keel-billed toucan feeding on palm fruits in Panama. Ziegler reveals: 'Toucans are one of the few birds that can disperse plants with large seeds and play a key role in dispersal in forests in Central and South America. They are especially important in young forests growing on abandoned land, as they bring in seeds of many different species that will help the forest regenerate a diverse tree community'

This vibrant photograph exhibits a keel-billed toucan feeding on palm fruits in Panama. Ziegler reveals: ‘Toucans are one of the few birds that may disperse vegetation with giant seeds and play a key function in dispersal in forests in Central and South America. They are particularly essential in younger forests rising on deserted land, as they create in seeds of many alternative species that may assist the forest regenerate a various tree group’

Pictured is The Daintree rainforest in Queensland, Australia. According to Ziegler it's the world’s oldest tropical forest. This snap is used to introduce a chapter in the book that's titled 'Green'. In it, the authors write about how tropical forests epitomise the power of photosynthesis

Pictured is The Daintree rainforest in Queensland, Australia. According to Ziegler it is the world’s oldest tropical forest. This snap is used to introduce a chapter in the e-book that is titled ‘Green’. In it, the authors write about how tropical forests epitomise the energy of photosynthesis

This action shot shows a hummingbird pollinating the flower of an orchid in the cloud forest of western Panama. Ziegler explains: 'You can see the purple pollen packet attached to the tip of its beak.' This image features in a chapter on orchids and their pollinators

This motion shot exhibits a hummingbird pollinating the flower of an orchid in the cloud forest of western Panama. Ziegler explains: ‘You can see the purple pollen packet hooked up to the tip of its beak.’ This picture options in a chapter on orchids and their pollinators

This saddening image depicts how logging roads and clearfelling have torn into the primary forest of Sabah, Malaysia. The photo features in a chapter titled 'People and the Forest', which considers the impact humans have had on tropical forests and the moral obligation they have to conserve the world's most diverse ecosystems

This saddening picture depicts how logging roads and clearfelling have torn into the main forest of Sabah, Malaysia. The photograph options in a chapter titled ‘People and the Forest’, which considers the impression people have had on tropical forests and the ethical obligation they need to preserve the world’s most numerous ecosystems

A complicated tangle of lianas (a woody vine) grows on the slopes of Mount Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, Malaysia, in this image. The book explains: 'Lianas exploit the trees. These vines climb up tree trunks and over branches, using the structure of the trees to put their own leaves above the canopy'

An advanced tangle of lianas (a woody vine) grows on the slopes of Mount Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, Malaysia, on this picture. The e-book explains: ‘Lianas exploit the timber. These vines climb up tree trunks and over branches, utilizing the construction of the timber to place their very own leaves above the cover’

Ziegler calls the cat-eyed snake in this gruesome shot 'a fierce predator'. In this image it's eating a clutch of red-eyed treefrog eggs. The shot was taken in Panama, where Ziegler and Dent now live

Ziegler calls the cat-eyed snake on this grotesque shot ‘a fierce predator’. In this picture it is consuming a clutch of red-eyed treefrog eggs. The shot was taken in Panama, the place Ziegler and Dent now dwell

The foreword to Jungle Spirits, written by Ruth Eichhorn, former director of photography at Geo magazines, reads: 'Without people like Christian Ziegler and Daisy Dent [pictured], we’d be blind to this part of the world that belongs to us and is of the utmost importance to human survival on our planet'

The foreword to Jungle Spirits, written by Ruth Eichhorn, former director of pictures at Geo magazines, reads: ‘Without folks like Christian Ziegler and Daisy Dent [pictured], we’d be blind to this half of the world that belongs to us and is of the utmost significance to human survival on our planet’

Jungle Spirits by Christian Ziegler and Daisy Dent is published by teNeues (€39.90/$55/£35, www.teneues.com)

Jungle Spirits by Christian Ziegler and Daisy Dent is revealed by teNeues (€39.90/$55/£35, www.teneues.com)

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