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Katrina Shadix, founder of Bear Warriors United

Katrina Shadix—founder and executive director of Bear Warriors United (BWU), whose stated mission is to preserve and protect bears, and all of Florida’s natural resources and wildlife, and in carrying out that mission, engages in an array of advocacy and educational efforts—recounts her lifelong love of animals, growing up in rural Florida, a second-generation Floridian. Read more…

Rebekah Keat and Siri Lindley, activists working to end horse slaughter

Rebekah Keat and Siri Lindley—highly vocal (and highly effective, as it turns out) advocates for ending horse slaughter—recall a pivotal horse, Savannah, who served as a catalyst for their advocacy. Read more…

Dr. Heather Johnston, Medical Director at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

Dr. Heather Johnston—a veterinarian who serves as the Medical Director at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, a multifaceted operation in Jupiter, Florida that, in celebration of March being Women’s History Month, is slated to present a “Women in Wildlife Panel Discussion” there on March 29 (featuring Johnston)—recalls that she wanted to be a vet since she was a young kid, and other than a fleeting flirtation with becoming a jockey, that desire never wavered. Read more…

Steven M. Wise, founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project

Steven M. Wise—founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP); an attorney, author, and legal scholar, Wise is leading NhRP’s pioneering effort to free an elephant named Happy from the Bronx Zoo through a writ of habeas corpus, aiming to change her status from “thing” to “legal person”—reviews NhRP’s legal gambit when we previously spoke in 2013, when the organization was focusing its efforts on chimpanzees. Read more…

Carol Buckley, longtime expert in the care of captive elephants

Carol Buckley—a longtime expert in the care of captive elephants, who co-founded The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, moving on to found Elephant Aid International, a nonprofit organization “that creates innovative approaches to the care and management of captive elephants”—seeks to address, 47 years into working with these animals, what exactly it is about elephants that stole her heart, and keep stealing it. Read more…