Name: Nikki Maginness
Hometown: Blakeslee, PA
Education: AS, Zoo Animal Technology, Santa Fe College
Assignment: La Selva
On the job since: 2010
Previous experience: SeaWorld Orlando (2004–05), Lion Country Safari (2007–09)
Favorite animal to work with: Prim the black-handed spider monkey
Monkey business: Nikki’s experience as a chimpanzee keeper at Lion Country Safari fostered her fascination with primates. She has led several animal wellness projects involving the monkeys in La Selva, such as training female white-faced sakis to sit still for ultrasounds.
Nikki is actively involved in research at the Zoo. She is collaborating with Dr. Darby Proctor of Florida Tech to determine if, in the absence of females, male squirrel monkeys gain weight to prepare for mating.