Spider monkeys mate promiscuously, but Lolita is at least four years away from sexual maturity. Nevertheless, she has displayed a strong preference for "mature" men with facial hair. The young Ticos that speak to her and offer their hats are rebuffed. But the silver-haired Gringos with moustaches and beards? Her attraction and trust is almost instantaneous. (Their wives? Usually relegated to taking the photographs...)
Jane Goodall has always been my hero, and working with primates an aspiration. Africa wasn't in the cards the summer I turned 16, when my parents offered to send me to volunteer, and there was only one class (in physical anthro-pology) when I wanted to study primatology in college.