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Ben with the white-faced sakis

Ben with the white-faced sakis.

Name: Ben Ouellette

Hometown: Columbia, CT

Education: BS, Zoology, University of New Hampshire; MA, Biology, Miami University

Assignment: La Selva

On the job since: 2016

Previous experience: York’s Wild Kingdom (2008–12), Franklin Park Zoo (2012–16)

Favorite animal to work with: Chuckie the white-faced saki

Branching out: The rainforest is an ever-changing ecosystem, and Ben aims to bring that dynamism to the habitats in La Selva. “I like rearranging perches, hiding food and introducing enrichment items to make new environments for the animals every day,” he says.