Scientist turned educator  

Doing field work in Kenya with baboons 

Doing field work in Kenya with baboons 

 Hi! I am Lauren Saville, the owner and creator of Primate Tales.  I have always felt a strong connection with the animal world, be it cats, dogs, dolphins or primates. However, it was during my semester abroad in Tanzania, while sitting under a fig tree in the savannah, surrounded by vervet monkeys dropping figs all around me, that I had that aha! moment and realized that primates are what I most passionate about.  

“A sense of calm came over me. More and more often I found myself thinking, "This is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do.”
― Jane Goodall


I have my MA in Evolutionary Anthropology and BSc in Animal Behaviour.  I have studied baboon maternal behaviour in Kenya, vervet monkey grooming and aggressive behaviour in Tanzania and squirrel monkey cognition at Bucknell. I also have a wide variety of teaching experience. I taught undergrad students at Rutgers University during my MA.  I have also taught elementary and high school students while working for a variety of animal and science themed educational outreach companies.   

male Chimpanzee in a sanctuary in kenay


My goal with Primate Tales is to get students to see this amazing world of science, that a lot of them might not know about.  To show students science is not all about lab coats and microscopes and to connect them to their biological heritage as primates.  


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