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The adventures of Megan Petersdorf, a young primatologist studying and working around the world.

Current location: New York City, USA
Jul 31 '14

I recently got back from an amazing one-month trip to Zambia where I was checking out kinda baboons to see if it is a species I might want to study long-term for my PhD dissertation. It was such a great month, and so good to be back in Africa after almost a year in New York. I have a lot of photos and fun stories I will post soon. I want to make my “new school year” resolution to post something once a week - so someone hold me to this!

I leave next week for the International Society of Primatologists conference in Vietnam. I’m so excited to go to Asia (my first time!) and not only network with other primatologists, but to explore the country for a few weeks afterwards. Hopefully I get to see lots of cool Asian primates, too!

September will clearly bring lots of new updates, posts, and photos.

- Megan

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Apr 22 '14
google.com celebrates Earth Day 2014! These Japanese macaques are adorable :)

google.com celebrates Earth Day 2014! These Japanese macaques are adorable :)

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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

ONE IN A MILLION

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

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/one-in-a-million-africa-is-facing-a-massive-wildlife-crisis

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: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/one-in-a-million-africa-is-facing-a-massive-wildlife-crisis

SPREAD. THE. WORD!

<3

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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 www.worldwildlife.org/deadserious and www.projectrhinokzn.org 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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