Brooke Bessesen has worked with wildlife for over thirty years. She's been eye-to-eye with humpback whales and surrounded by free-flying California condors. She has hand-raised a baby wallaby, rehabbed a rattlesnake, trained a tiger, and photo-identified dozens of wild bottlenose dolphins. As a research fellow, Brooke's marine studies in Costa Rica led to the naming of a new sea snake.
Her book "Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez," was called a “passionate… heartfelt and alarming tale” by Publishers Weekly, attempts to untangle the drama behind the looming extinction of the world’s smallest porpoise. In addition to "Vaquita," Brooke authored the popular "Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide," as well as five children’s books, including "Look Who Lives in the Ocean." She's also the director of Authors for Earth Day, an international coalition of award-winning authors who mentor young readers through special conservation-focused school visits.