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Coffy Bennis’ interest in primates began while working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Prior to graduating, she spent 7 months in Africa enjoying some solo travel, volunteering for the Jane Goodall Institute in Uganda, and assisting author and wildlife photographer, Karl Ammann in Kenya. While in school, she also volunteered for Lowry Park Zoo, working with their primate collection. Since 2000, Coffy have been working at Busch Gardens Tampa in the Primate Department, focusing on animal husbandry and conservation education. In 2005, she developed an international education program entitled “Conservation aCross Cultures,” which links US students with African students participating in primate sanctuary education programs. Initially partnering with the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon, “Conservation aCross Cultures” focuses on environmental issues affecting Africa, and allows both groups of students the opportunity to participate in a cross-cultural exchange of information. The program has expanded to include several other PASA sanctuaries and continues to grow each year. Coffy’s passion for Africa extends beyond its flora and fauna and includes its people as well. In the future, she hopes to participate in various programs which mirror her interest in African conservation and the empowerment of its people.