mandrill_2A reminder of the artfulness of nature, as captured by the contrasting gazes of two quite dissimilar species in a couple of remarkable images taken last month by wire photographers with an eye for the artistic. Above, a mandrill casts an intense look in a photo shot at the Madrid Zoo (“no other member in the whole class of mammals is coloured in so extraordinary a manner,” wrote Charles Darwin in the 19th Century) — while a flamingo, below, glances coyly during a grooming session at Frankfurt’s Zoological Garden.flamingo

Photos: top: Jorge Sanz / Demotix / Corbis; bottom:
Boris Ressler / EPA