Devra Kleiman - Brazil field notes, February - March 1986

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Conservation biology isn’t all just notetaking and animal snuggles. Sometimes, there is risk involved. In February 1986, conservation biologist Devra G. Kleiman described an interaction with a particularly aggressive golden lion tamarin, which had been released to the wild in Brazil. Rita, who had recently given birth to two infants, had bitten at least two humans involved in the study. When Kleiman attempted to approach Rita, she was met with aggressive sounds, and in her field notes, she wrote her strategy in case of an attack. She decided to speak in a normal tone, not to retreat, and to scream at Rita, using noise instead of force, if she continued to approach. Join a group of #volunpeers in transcribing Kleiman’s notes to better understand the risks and rewards of her work.

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