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The adventures of a young American primatologist studying and working around the world.

Current location: New York City, USA
Apr 3 '14
Throwback thursday to 2008! In honor of Jane Goodall’s 80th birthday today!
“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” 

Throwback thursday to 2008! In honor of Jane Goodall’s 80th birthday today!

“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” 

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Mar 25 '14


Please watch this video and consider donating to an amazing, amazing, cause for African wildlife - ONE IN A MILLION!

Africa is facing a massive wildlife crisis with poaching escalating out of control.

Our aim is to get one million people worldwide to show they care by donating a minimum of $1 to conservation and thereby becoming ‘one in a million!’

ONE DOLLAR. How easy is that?? I know it may *seem* like a hassle to get out your credit card or link up to paypal to donate *just* one dollar, but it’s better than nothing. Imagine if everyone gave $1 how much money we could raise? $1 is less than a cup of coffee - you can do this!

The beneficiaries of this campaign are organizations I have personally worked with in Africa and are doing amazing things. I would not promote monetary donations to something on here if I did not know exactly where the money was going - and it is going to fantastic organizations that will use it wisely and productively. I promise.

Rhino & Elephant (and most other wildlife too!) are in a CRISIS. They need our help - it’s hard to figure out what you can do - but this it! An easy and cheap way to show you care and help preserve Africa’s beautiful creatures.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

Check out the campaign & donate here:



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Feb 26 '14

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Feb 13 '14
This snowstorm in NYC has me looking and feeling just like this fox.

This snowstorm in NYC has me looking and feeling just like this fox.

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Feb 12 '14

Four years!

I just got an e-mail from Tumblr telling me that I have had this blog for four years - what on earth. That means that just about four years ago I was prepping to embark on my first trip to Africa. My oh my how I would have no idea how my life would change! Four years ago, I was a 22 year old semi-recent graduate from undergrad. I was confused, depressed, hopeful, and excited all at once (cue: Taylor Swift’s “22” song). I went to South Africa and 6 months later I came back a very different person. I now have multiple experiences in Africa under my belt, but that first trip will always be so special and life-changing for me. I’ve had lots of ups and downs since then, but let’s focus on the exciting positives.

Academically, in the past four years I have gotten a Master’s degree, went through the vigorous process of applying for PhD programs (& thankfully accepted) and survived my first semester in said PhD program.

Geographically, four years ago I had only traveled outside of the US twice - once when I was 16 on a 12 day school trip to France, and another when I was 18 on a cruise to Mexico. Now, I have lived in four different countries and visited tons more (to the point of literally filling up my passport). 

2010: from the USA to South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana

2011: South Africa, Mozambique, United Kingdom, France, Ireland

2012: United Kingdom, Nigeria, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa

2013: South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, and back to the USA

2014: USA (for now)

I am incredibly thankful for these opportunities that have helped me grow personally & career-wise. I am excited for all the new adventures to come! It’s time to start focusing on the now and focusing on the positive.

That being said, I need to revitalize my blog. I never know what direction to take it - personal anecdotes and photos, fun stories about primates, and other wildlife, both? Because I haven’t figured this out, it makes me feel apprehensive in posting anything. I am going to try to get over that and just post. Whatever it may be! And cross my fingers for no external judgement. 

Here we go!

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Oct 21 '13

This is the emperor tamarin. They live in the Amazon Basin in South America, are all kinds of adorable, and after today will forever be dubbed the hipster monkey thanks to my lecturer.

Photo credits: here and here

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Oct 5 '13
This infographic from the Huntington Post will make you realize just how bad rhino poaching is.
(best viewed by clicking on photo to enlarge and clicking again to zoom in).

This infographic from the Huntington Post will make you realize just how bad rhino poaching is.

(best viewed by clicking on photo to enlarge and clicking again to zoom in).

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Sep 23 '13

This is a GREAT fast 5-minute informative video about rhino poaching. Please watch!

Check out and for more on how you can help.

"What the average person can do is to tell everyone they know that buying rhino horn and using rhino horn is unacceptable. It doesn’t matter which country you live in, it’s still an issue and everyone needs to know. It’s unacceptable everywhere in the world."

"We will need to be held responsible for future generations - "Why didn’t we save the rhino? Why didn’t we protect this species? And we have to take a stand now."

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Sep 23 '13

Yesterday was World Rhino Day. In honor of it, here are some of my instagram snaps from this year in South Africa working with Project Rhino.

I have so many things I want (and need) to say about the rhino poaching crisis on my blog. It’s an issue I feel passionately about. For now, what I will tell you to do - educate yourself. be informed. Rhino poaching in South Africa and rhino horn consumption in Vietnam/China affects you. You may think it has nothing to do with you, but it does. It’s a world issue, with world repercussions. The illegal trade of rhino horn is linked to the same industries that traffic illegal drugs and human trafficking. This is one part of a MUCH bigger issue.

I know a lot of people outside of South Africa (and even in South Africa) are not aware of this crisis, which is why I am here! I will try to post more details about the issue, including what you can do to help. For a start, visit this webpage to learn more (and you can donate to help from there too!). This is the organization I was working with this past year and they are doing amazing things. The money you donate goes DIRECTLY towards the rhino war - whether it be on the ground support, informant networks, legal services, or community education outreach.

Also, the final black&white picture I posted was from an installment near where I lived. I took the photo on August 3rd, where there was a reported 410 rhinos poached at that time. Now - September 23rd, that number has increased to 688, making 2013 the worst year ever for rhino poaching. That’s almost 300 more in less than 2 months! We still have 3 more months left this year. This is all occurring at an alarming rate. And we need to help.

Photos: top L/bottom R: community outreach rhino education. top R: white rhino in the Waterberg. bottom L: anesthetized white rhino that was getting a horn transmitter and ear notch put in by the vet

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Aug 22 '13

Change is here!

I feel like there is so much that I want to write about, but I have been in the midst of a lot of big changes! I still want to record my journeys and experiences from the past few months and I think I will begin with the most recent and head backwards.

But for now, what am I doing? WELL, I have just arrived in New York City! What a strange place to study primates and other animals?! I am here because I am about to embark on the newest chapter of my life… the PhD. So, for the next 5ish years, NYC will be my home-base. It was a tough decision to leave South Africa and my great job, but long-term this is definitely my best option and is something I have always striven towards! In actuality, I’m in my dream program that I have wanted to be a part of since undergrad! Things could not have worked out better.

That being said, I kind of currently feel like Mimisiku from that old 90s movie, Jungle2Jungle.


I’m definitely having reverse culture shock going from the wide open spaces of a game reserve in South Africa to the concrete jungle. I actually got dizzy in a grocery store the other day and could not believe that a wrap cost me $6.50!?

The U.S. is expensive and of course I have to pick one of the most expensive places to live! Oh well. I was fortunate enough to be offered a generous funding package with my PhD and so once my paychecks start rolling in, hopefully I can cope better with this new pace of life.

I seem to be settling in okay with my new colleagues, and I am excited for classes to begin! I have also already been given a research project on the side on a really interesting topic. More on that once I get stuck into it all.

I think I’m going to survive New York :)

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