Student Blog Post: "Bittersweet"

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-1-Narasimhan.JPGThis is my last week at the sanctuary! It is extremely bittersweet. I have gotten to know some really amazing people and monkeys. My body has adjusted to living in this harsh environment. I can now hike up and down the mountain twice in one day. My first week here, I could hardly do one trip. The heat no longer feels suffocating, but the bugs are still just as annoying. I am looking forward to air conditioning and seeing my family, but I truly have enjoyed my time here.

I would love to do more field research in the future. This experience showed me that I am not only capable of doing it, but that I love it and I’m good at it. In the beginning it seemed as if I was going to fail miserably, but a short four weeks later, I am a hiking, jungle-loving machine. This experience also showed me how much I want to work with animals. I loved creating enrichment activities for them, observing their behavior and caring for them. I can’t wait for the day when I can do it every day and call it a career. I feel so blessed to have had this amazing experience. I want to thank everyone at the sanctuary, including the monkeys, who made me feel so at home and for teaching me so much.