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Debra is New England Primate Conservancy’s founder. For 35 years, Debra developed and delivered presentations, workshops, and training seminars for professionals in multiple industries. In 2002, Debra’s passion for animal protection drew her into a life-changing plunge into the non-profit sector where she built the New England Primate Conservancy into a respected humane education center and animal protection organization. Well-versed in the plight of nonhuman primates in captivity and in the wild, Debra launched New England Primate Conservancy’s outreach programs in 2004, developed the Conservancy’s original Education Center curriculum, and has spoken at a variety of venues on behalf of the Conservancy’s mission. Debra develops some of NEPC’s web-based education programs, continues to produce its educational videos, designs educational activities, and leads the talented and diverse Education Team that carries out the Conservancy’s mission to leave a legacy of hope and tools to build a better tomorrow for all the Earth’s citizens… because education is the heart of animal protection.
Laura Lee Bahr is an author, filmmaker and performer. In addition to the eclectic “you name it, I’ve done it” artistic endeavors, she has spent years in education, teaching everything from mathematics to vocal performance. Laura is the author of NEPC’s The Case of the Disappearing Habitat: The Candy Culprit lessons and stars in the series’ videos. She is passionate about kindness and respect for all inhabitants of planet Earth. None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something You can learn more about her personal work at

Debra Curtin & Laura Bahr

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