Raising an Explorer: Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

The National Geographic Explorer, conservationist, and veterinarian gives her tips on inspiring children to explore.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FAMILY: How did you explore as a child?

GLADYS KALEMA-ZIKUSOKA: I grew up in an urban area, Kampala, so it was really about creating experiences for myself. We were living next door to the Cuban ambassador to Uganda, and he had a vervet monkey as a pet—in those days, it was acceptable. I was fascinated that the monkey's fingers looked like mine. I was playing piano one day and wanted to see what he would do. I watched and waited until he sat down at the piano. And he played one note. I was so excited! I realized that was the beginning of my studying primates.

NGF: Why do you think it's important for children to explore?

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