Amy Hanes is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at Brandeis University. She studies care between species—namely humans and orphaned chimpanzees—in primate sanctuaries in Cameroon. Touch, race, morality, and postcolonial theory are central themes in her work. Her research in Cameroon was funded by a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. Hanes is a 2018 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow. Follow her on Twitter @AmyHanes7.
An anthropologist spent two years studying care at chimpanzee sanctuaries in Cameroon. She left with a deeper appreciation of how human contact, though necessary to rehabilitate and heal rescued wildlife, can also leave lasting scars.