Being raised by two scientists who filled “play time” with “science experiments,” it’s no wonder Amanda has a passion for research. She has a lot of experience with animal husbandry and graduate school is the next step in her lifelong goal of researching primates. She received her Associates of Science degree in Zoo Animal Technology and Associates of Arts in Zoology. She is currently working on her Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Biology and will graduate at the end of spring. She has worked with many primate species including Red Ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra), Common brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus), Mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz), Right-tail lemur (Lemur Catta), Sanford’s lemur (Eulemur sanfordi), White Handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar), Squirrel Monkey (Saimiriinae saimiri) and White-headed Capuchin (Cebus capucinus). She is planning on attending Northern Illinois University for her Masters in Science in Fall 2015. Since the first time she worked with a Red Ruffed Lemur (Varecia rubra) when she was nineteen, she has dedicated herself academically to someday working with Lemurs.