‘I love working in Africa,” Tara Harris said. “It’s an amazing place. You’d have at least one species of monkey in your front yard, and another in the back. In the morning you’d hear this 75-decibel ‘WHA! WHA!’ like a motorcycle engine revving, and they’d wake you up. But I’m so in love with them. They make me happy.”
She wasn’t working in Africa this week, but for the first time in her job as a conservation biologist at the Minnesota Zoo, the 32-year-old scientist at least has a reasonable replica: the “Faces of the African Forest” exhibit opening today, which features the charismatic black-and-white colobus monkey she studied in the African tropics.
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