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Midwest Museum in Sycamore offers ‘monkey business’ Nov. 16

November 13, 2013

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SYCAMORE, Ill. — Join in some “monkey business” at the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, Ill., from 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, as the museum presents a lecture by Professor Leila Porter and monkey-themed activities for children.

Dr. Porter is a professor in Northern Illinois University’s Anthropology Department. Her presentation is titled “Fungi, Fruit, and Mental Maps: Investigating the Ranging Behavior of South American Monkeys.” It focuses on her work with monkeys in the Bolivian rainforest.

Bolivia has an enormous diversity of habitats, from the highlands of the Andes to the lowland rainforests in the Amazon basin,” Porter said.

Her work throughout the area has focused heavily on conservation efforts concerning threatened monkey species, particularly the rare Goeldi’s monkey.

Children ages 4 and older can enjoy an hour of monkey-themed games and activities with a museum educator while adults attend the lecture.

The lecture and children’s activities will be held Nov. 16. Both are free with museum admission ($5 children/seniors and $6 adults). No registration is required.

The Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St., Sycamore, is a nonprofit organization. Learn more at or call (815) 895-9777.

Posted Nov. 13, 2013

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