MARC VAN ROOSMALEN: A Rain-Forest Odyssey


Three years ago, an Indian from the Amazonian backwaters arrived at the house in Manaus, Brazil, of biologist Marc van Roosmalen holding a tin can with a little monkey shivering inside. "'Oh, no. Not another one,' I thought," recalls the Dutchman. He didn't need another monkey. Already he and his wife Betty, an artist, were caring for 50 orphaned monkeys, who swung in and out of mischief in the garden. Gingerly, Van Roosmalen poked a finger at the small ball of copper-colored fur. It squeaked fearfully.

Van Roosmalen, 53, nearly squeaked back, with amazement. An expert primatologist, he was staring at...

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