With my new-found career path, I made it through high school easily taking my science and animal science courses in preparation for college. High school, was easy. College, not so much. It wasn’t until I started pursuing my minor that courses became interesting. Animal behavior was wonderful. I had always known that I loved just watching animals, but the fact that there was a career for this, awesome! For the minor, I took a course focused on primates. During this course, my focus became changed again. Primates are so fascinating, and they offer so much insight into our own history. They are perhaps some of the most important animals in conservation. I soon found myself researching primates every chance I got outside of my course load. I familiarized myself with the research of “Leaky’s angels”, the three women chosen by Dr. Louis Leaky to study the great apes in their natural habitats (Jane Goodall, Diane Fossey, and Birute Galdikas). I made it through college, albeit with some setbacks, and was ready to take on the primate world.
This is what I can do at work every day. And now, with this blog, I hope to reach out to people who only see the horror in animal testing, and prove that we have come a long way since those awful black and white videos so many people have etched in their minds. I also hope to shed light on some animals that are met with only fear, including rodents. It is my mission now, with this blog, to help you become as caring and passionate as I am to the humane treatment of all animals. Thank you for reading.