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Meet Brooke Bessesen

Whether eye to eye with humpback whales or surrounded by free-flying California condors, I am wild about the natural world! And I feel incredibly lucky to be able to travel and study wild animals through conservation research. I still work at the Phoenix Zoo animal hospital whenever they need me and I also work on the Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team helping animals in crisis. If you like reading animal adventures you will find gobs of essays on my blog.

"What a wonderful blog! We enjoyed your photographs & travels! Looking forward to more!"
—Maria Kantzos, teacher

Zachary Backpacks the Grand Canyon

Writing books is the other half of my job. My newest book, Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide is perfect for hikers, campers and family libraries. There is also Zachary Z. Packrat Backpacks the Grand Canyon, a sequel for the popular Zachary Z. Packrat and His Amazing Collections. Both of the Zachary books are illustrated by nationally syndicated cartoonist, Jenny Campbell. I did the artwork for Look Who Lives in the Ocean! and Look Who Lives in the Desert! and you can see how I created my fabric illustrations. In addition to picture books, I have also written some non-fiction leveled readers about Invertebrates for the educational publisher Science A-Z.

So welcome to my website! I wanted it to have pages for both book junkies and animal lovers. Young readers can check out for KIDS! with all kinds of cool stuff about wildlife. And teachers, you have a special place, too, with info on school visits plus 90+ pages of FREE curriculum. Browse around or look at photos from my travels. Whatever engages you, enjoy exploring this site. But beware... it may spark a hankering to explore the whole planet.

By the way, I am also the founder and director of Authors for Earth Day (A4ED), an international coalition of award-winning children's authors and illustrators. We build environmental awareness through special school visits that let the kids direct funding to conservation organizations. It's really awesome! And by personally donating a portion of my book royalties to wildlife conservation, I come full circle back to the animals I love.



Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide

Cheers! The Authors for Earth Day coalition has surpassed $51,000 in conservation donations!

Brooke's latest scientific article was published in the International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation.