Devra Kleiman - Brazil field notes, January 1983, November 1983

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Smithsonian’s National Zoo conservation biologist Dr. Devra Kleiman was successful in protecting Brazil's golden lion tamarin, but it was certainly not easy. Along the way, she faced many obstacles, some examples of which are listed in this notebook during her time in Brazil in 1983. In November that year, she wrote down her frustrations in trying to negotiate with representatives from the Instituto Brasileiro de Desenvolvimento Florestal about how her team needed to process the golden lion tamarins. On one page she wrote that her Brazilian colleague was playing the "classic avoidance game." On another page, Kleiman recalled how the man "backtracked" when he explained that an employee who he had asked to help was "always too busy to do the work." Assist us and a group of volunpeers in not only revealing the frustrations of the work, but also how the golden lion tamarins were processed in this successful conservation program.

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