Deirdre graduated from Boston University in 2011 with degrees in both Biology and Religion. Her passion for animals started early on thanks to her zoo keeper mother (and no thanks to her city boy father). A special interest in primates arose over the years, and was only strengthened when she was bit by a macaque while studying abroad in India, and then again while volunteering with the gorilla keepers at the Franklin Park Zoo. After spending a summer with Primates Peru, she worked for 2 years at a small animal clinic in Boston, MA and is now a first year at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She hopes to earn her DVM in wildlife or exotic medicine and be actively involved in research projects like Primates Peru for years to come. In her spare time she loves to rock climb, dance, eat cheese, then run it off.