Chris Barela provides art, marketing and media for museums, parks, zoos and aquariums. Chris is illustrating and designing the Celebrating Africa's Giants posters.
Monica Bond is a principal scientist with the Wild Nature Institute. She has been conducting research on giraffes in the Tarangire region of Tanzania since 2012. Monica is a project coordinator for Celebrating Africa’s Giants and she has written the popular picture books, The Amazing Migration of Lucky the Wildebeest and Juma the Giraffe. She is writing additional picture books about elephants and rhinoceros.
David Brown is a biologist, wildlife conservationist, and environmental educator. He has researched giraffe population genetics, and along with his colleagues discovered that many of the giraffe subspecies are likely reproductively isolated in the wild and may be distinct species. David has written for National Geographic Kids, Highlights, and Mongabay.com. For Celebrating Africa’s Giants, David authors posters and coordinates partnerships with U.S. zoos and institutions.
Kayla Harren is a children's book author and illustrator. She has worked with Highlights, Click, and Zoodinos Magazine. Her illustrations have received honors from Communications Arts, 3x3 Magazine, and the Society of Illustrators. Kayla created the illustrations for Juma the Giraffe and she is bringing the elephant and rhinoceros picture books to life. Her book Mary Had a Little Lizard will be released in the fall of 2017 by Sky Pony Press. You can view more of Kayla’s illustrations on her website (www.kaylaharren.com) and see new work and sketches on Instagram (@kaylaharren).
Lise Levy is a retired high school biology and environmental science teacher with 32 years of experience in education. She has won numerous awards for outstanding science teaching. Since 2011, Lise has contributed her skills to education in Tanzania. For Celebrating Africa’s Giants, Lise develops lesson plans and coordinates teacher training and distribution of environmental education materials in Tanzania.
Dr. Megan Strauss is a wildlife biologist and illustrator. Her PhD examined factors driving giraffe population decline in Serengeti, Tanzania. For Celebrating Africa’s Giants, she has written and illustrated the Giraffe and Friends activity book for children aged 3–8, and she is creating an additional activity book featuring all three mega-herbivores.