Nyeema Harris first went to Africa when she was a young teenager. She traveled with the Philadelphia Zoo to an animal rehabilitation center in Kenya. While she had extreme enthusiasm for animals, she wasn’t aware of her possible career options; she thought she could only choose between being a zookeeper or a veterinarian. All Nyeema had to go on was her desire to “spend as much time learning about wildlife, viewing them in the wild, and helping to make sure nature places existed for them in the future.” And her willingness to jump in and get her hands dirty.
… she thought she could only choose between being a zookeeper or a veterinarian.
During her first trip to Africa Nyeema determined it wouldn’t be her last. She set a goal to return to Africa to conduct field studies and to make sure that Africa was always a part of her life. Nyeema boasts, “