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 project coordinator for Celebrating Africa’s Giants and she has written the popular picture books, The Amazing Migration of Lucky the Wildebeest, Juma the Giraffe, and Our Elephant Neighbours. She is writing a new picture book about rhinoceros, called Helping Brother 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 in the wild 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.
Chris Barela provides art, marketing and media for museums, parks, zoos and aquariums. Chris is illustrating and designing the Celebrating Africa's Giants posters and lesson plans for teachers and parents.
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, Our Elephant Neighbours, and Helping Brother Rhinoceros. Her book Mary Had a Little Lizard was 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 for primary and secondary schools and coordinates teacher training and distribution of environmental education materials in Tanzania.
James Madeli is a recent graduate in Wildlife Science and Conservation at the University of Dar es Salaam. James is research and education coordinator for the Wild Nature Institute in Tanzania. He assists Lise Levy with implementation of the Celebrating Africa's Giants environmental education program and brings the mobile "Giraffe/Elephant/Rhinoceros in a Box" project to primary and secondary schools throughout the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem.
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. Megan is also producing the Guide to Careers in the Environmental Industry for Tanzanian secondary schools.