Chiquito has only seen Olivier six times over the past eighteen months, when Olivier comes to do his quarterly inspection as our regent biologist. Nevertheless, he's one of Chiquito's favorite people. Chiquito greets Olivier by offering him a pectoral sniff...the ultimate spider monkey embrace. Eye contact, which would be rude, is carefully avoided by both parties.
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.