Rae Wynn-Grant
An experience with a lemur helped Rae Wynn-Grant find her confidence and her voice. (Photo: Peter Houlihan)
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A Scientist Finds Her Way in the Rainforest

Rae Wynn-Grant

Early in her career, wildlife ecologist Rae Wynn-Grant joined an expedition to Madagascar to track the elusive ring-tailed lemur. But the trip had an unexpected personal outcome: it convinced her that this was the work she was meant to do. That was a long time coming for Wynn-Grant, who’d grown up loving TV shows on nature but found herself initially hating her college ecology courses because she felt out of place as a Black woman who’d never been camping and surrounded by people with very different backgrounds. In this episode from the new podcast Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant, she shares the story of how an experience with a lemur helped her find her confidence and her voice.


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