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  • Duck et moi (oui, mon drone a un nom) ❤️
  • Duck et moi (oui, mon drone a un nom) ❤️
  •  18  5  11 minutes ago

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  • This picture was taken just before I started my masters degree in primate conservation and I dreamed of going to Borneo and working with orangutans. Obviously, that’s not how life worked out.

I was always a ‘great ape person’ and I returned to Sierra Leone as a ‘great ape person’ hoping to focus my research largely around chimpanzees, but something happened. (Actually I know exactly what happened, two little monkeys came in and turned my life upside-down) I realized suddenly, that in Sierra Leone, the only wildlife people think is worth protecting are chimpanzees.

Chimps are worth protecting, but so are the 15 other primate species in the country, so are the last few elephants, so are the pangolins, the hornbills, and the possibility of lions.

So, since this image was taken almost five years ago I went from an ‘orangutan person’ to a ‘chimp person’ to an ‘everything else person’. I’ve grown a lot in a lot of ways, and the growing didn’t always happen in ways I could have predicted. But, that’s life for ya.

Wait, I’m not alone right? Anyone else grappling with changes like this in their academic career?

Photo by @carolyn_mara for her Women + Masks series
  • This picture was taken just before I started my masters degree in primate conservation and I dreamed of going to Borneo and working with orangutans. Obviously, that’s not how life worked out.

    I was always a ‘great ape person’ and I returned to Sierra Leone as a ‘great ape person’ hoping to focus my research largely around chimpanzees, but something happened. (Actually I know exactly what happened, two little monkeys came in and turned my life upside-down) I realized suddenly, that in Sierra Leone, the only wildlife people think is worth protecting are chimpanzees.

    Chimps are worth protecting, but so are the 15 other primate species in the country, so are the last few elephants, so are the pangolins, the hornbills, and the possibility of lions.

    So, since this image was taken almost five years ago I went from an ‘orangutan person’ to a ‘chimp person’ to an ‘everything else person’. I’ve grown a lot in a lot of ways, and the growing didn’t always happen in ways I could have predicted. But, that’s life for ya.

    Wait, I’m not alone right? Anyone else grappling with changes like this in their academic career?

    Photo by @carolyn_mara for her Women + Masks series
  •  23  6  1 hour ago

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