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Life in a Fig Tree (22) More files... by Tui De Roy
A red-knobbed hornbill, adorned in brilliant breeding plumage, rolls a ripe fig from its throat pouch to its mate sealed inside a tree cavity with their young. A Sulawesi crested black macaque perched in the canopy of a fruiting fig gorges on all of the ripe fruit within reach. From the forest floor we look up the center of a strangler fig's network of air roots molded around a non-existent host tree which has long since disappeared in decay. The photography team of Tui de Roy and Mark Jones document the feeding frenzy among Indonesian rainforest animals which accompanies the ripening of fruit in the fig tree forest.

Text by Tui De Roy
Bear Cuscus (Ailurops ursinus) an endemic marsupial feeding on False Banyon (Ficus altissima) fruit, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140550 Bear Cuscus (Ailurops ursinus) an endemic marsupial feeding on False Banyon (Ficus altissima) fruit, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Bear Cuscus (Ailurops ursinus) an endemic marsupial feeding on False Banyon (Ficus altissima) rehabilitated orphan, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140124 Bear Cuscus (Ailurops ursinus) an endemic marsupial feeding on False Banyon (Ficus altissima) rehabilitated orphan, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Bear Cuscus (Ailurops ursinus) an endemic marsupial feeding on False Banyon (Ficus altissima) rehabilitated orphan, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140123 Bear Cuscus (Ailurops ursinus) an endemic marsupial feeding on False Banyon (Ficus altissima) rehabilitated orphan, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Celebes Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) stripping fig (Ficus forstini) of ripe fruit, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140459 Celebes Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) stripping fig (Ficus forstini) of ripe fruit, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Celebes Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) feeding on False Banyon (Ficus altissima) fruit, orphan rehabilitation center, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140125 Celebes Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) feeding on False Banyon (Ficus altissima) fruit, orphan rehabilitation center, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) with Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides panini) nest cavity in host Natu tree trunk, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140318 Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) with Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides panini) nest cavity in host Natu tree trunk, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Sulawesi Red-knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) male in a fruiting fig (Ficus forsteni) tree, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140668 Sulawesi Red-knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) male in a fruiting fig (Ficus forsteni) tree, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Sulawesi Red-knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) male delivering figs to female sealed inside hollow tree, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Reserve, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140329 Sulawesi Red-knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) male delivering figs to female sealed inside hollow tree, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Reserve, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Sulawesi Red-knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) breeding male in a fruiting Fig (Ficus forsteni) tree, 32 meters above the ground in rainforest canopy, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, I...  -  Tui De Roy
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00140330 Sulawesi Red-knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) breeding male in a fruiting Fig (Ficus forsteni) tree, 32 meters above the ground in rainforest canopy, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, I...© Tui De Roy
Sulawesi Red-knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) male delivering figs to a female sealed inside hollow nest cavity, Tangkoko Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140665 Sulawesi Red-knobbed Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) male delivering figs to a female sealed inside hollow nest cavity, Tangkoko Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides panini) male delivering Figs to female sealed inside hollow tree, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140544 Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides panini) male delivering Figs to female sealed inside hollow tree, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides panini) male attending nest cavity in Strangler Fig, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140543 Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides panini) male attending nest cavity in Strangler Fig, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
True Fig Shell (Ficus variegata) with heavy crop growing on trunk, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140321 True Fig Shell (Ficus variegata) with heavy crop growing on trunk, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) view up dead host tree inside strangling air roots, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140319 Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) view up dead host tree inside strangling air roots, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
Brown-wolly Fig (Ficus drupacea) tree, 35 meters above the ground, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140317 Brown-wolly Fig (Ficus drupacea) tree, 35 meters above the ground, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
True Fig Shell (Ficus variegata) with fruits growing on buttressed roots, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140538 True Fig Shell (Ficus variegata) with fruits growing on buttressed roots, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
False Banyon (Ficus altissima) surrounded by fruit after simultaneous ripening of heavy nutritious crop, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140539 False Banyon (Ficus altissima) surrounded by fruit after simultaneous ripening of heavy nutritious crop, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
False Banyon (Ficus altissima) surrounded by fallen fruit, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140323 False Banyon (Ficus altissima) surrounded by fallen fruit, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
False Banyon (Ficus altissima) brief heavy crop of red fruit attractins numerous frugivores when red, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140540 False Banyon (Ficus altissima) brief heavy crop of red fruit attractins numerous frugivores when red, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
True Fig Shell (Ficus variegata) with heavy fruit growing on trunk, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140542 True Fig Shell (Ficus variegata) with heavy fruit growing on trunk, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
False Banyon (Ficus altissima) tree, with heavy red fruit attracts many frugivores, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140322 False Banyon (Ficus altissima) tree, with heavy red fruit attracts many frugivores, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
True Fig Shell (Ficus variegata) tree, with fruits growing on buttress roots, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140320 True Fig Shell (Ficus variegata) tree, with fruits growing on buttress roots, Tangkoko-Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Tui De Roy
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