One girl's extraordinarily wild world

Over two decades, a mother photographs her daughter with a parade of exquisite animals

Amelia and the Animals
(Image credit: (Robin Schwartz))

Amelia Paul Forman was 3 years old when she first befriended a chimp. "You two fell off the chair hugging," Amelia's mom, photographer Robin Schwartz, recalls of her daughter.

Amelia, now 14 years old, is actually named after a capuchin monkey. And her interest in, if not love of, animals is inherited from her parents who have long lived with not just dogs and cats, but also primates, lemurs, and other species more readily found in petting zoos than homes.

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