MEET STEPH

About Stephanie

Ever since she was a child, Stephanie has felt a strong connection with nature. She embraces the importance of living as a part of the natural world, rather than separate from it. And she knows that sharing that connectivity is critical to protecting nature on a global scale.

She’s worked with – and learned from – biologists, conservation leaders, CEOs, farmers and fisherman in Africa, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the United States.

As a wildlife conservation professional, she’s committed to raising awareness about the disconnect between modern society and the natural world. And she’s determined to explore and share how each of us can use our specific talents and skills to bridge that gap and make our planet a healthier place for generations to come.

Stephanie is uniquely prepared to reach that important goal, with a resume that reads like no other:

  • She’s worked with leading U.S. zoological parks, such as the San Diego Zoological Society, SeaWorld, the Honolulu Zoo Society, and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
  • She’s immersed herself in dive-scouting for whale sharks on the Australian Ningaloo Reef, seeing firsthand what threatens our magical underwater world.
  • She’s had a hands-on impact, raising money for Africa’s Camp Ohana Foundation and the construction of the first children’s library in Kenya.

Today, she is not only the host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, but also a public speaker on global efforts in conservation and sustainability. Her insight has earned her a seat on the International Union of Conservation Nature‘s (IUCN), Education and Communication Commission Recently, Stephanie became a Deep Elite Ambassador for Scubapro; named Ambassador for the Planet by the Wyland Foundation; was profiled in Dive Alert Magazine; joined the advisory council for Ecology Project International; and became co-founder of The Creative Animal Foundation.

Stephanie has become a regular on Harry Connick Jr.’s daytime show, “Harry!” as well as Animal Planet’s, “Animal Nation” with comedian, Anthony Anderson. She’s also been featured on an episode of the HGTV series “Tiny House, Big Living”, kicking off the 2017 tiny house tour for the Creative Animal Foundation.

To learn more or book Stephanie to speak at your school, zoo, corporation, or TV program, radio, or news station, Contact Us.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

“How did you get into this career?”
“What’s your favorite animal?”
“Scariest moment while filming Wild Kingdom?”
“How do I book Stephanie for a keynote address?”

CREDITS & CONTRIBUTIONS

Wildlife Host

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

  • Coral Reef- Coral Restoration Foundation, FL
  • California Condors- Ventana Wildlife Society & LA Zoo, CA
  • Tegu- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, USGS,  & Florida of University, FL
  • American Bison- Custer State Park, SD
  • Giraffes- Dallas Zoo
  • Penguins- Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, NE
  • Elephants- Ft. Worth Zoo
  • Cheetahs- Dallas Zoo
  • Leopards- Tanganyika Wildlife Park
  • Manatees- Mote Marine Laboratory, FL
  • Sea Otters- Monterey Bay Aquarium, CA
  • Kangaroos- Tanganyika Wildlife Park, KS
  • Sharks- Bahamas Marine Sanctuary
  • Sting Rays- Bahamas Marine Sanctuary
  • Snakes- Reptile Gardens, SD
  • Wolves- Endangered Wolf Center, MO
  • Large Carnivores- The Wild Animal Sanctuary, CO
  • Polar Bears- Polar Bears International, Churchill, Canada
  • Crocodiles- XTC Dive Center & Amanda Cotton, Banco Chinchirro, Mexico
  • Kelp Ecosystem- UCSB, Channel Islands, CA

Honolulu Zoo Society

  •  Television Commercials

California Natural History Group

  •  Cities of the Sea

Conservationist

Memberships

  • IUCN, Education and Communication Commission
  • Member of AZA, ZAA, IZE, NMEA, DAN

Boards

  • Creative Animal Foundation, Founder/Board President
  • Camp Ohana Foundation, Advisory Board
  • Ecology Project International, Advisory Board

Ambassador

  • Mutual of Omaha
  • ScubaPro Deep Elite Ambassador
  • Shark Angel Ambassador

Awards

  • Australian Tourism Award
  • Ambassador for the Planet Award
  • Wyland Icon Award

Public Speaker

Animal Ambassador Shows

  • Mutual of Omaha, Nationwide- Conventions, Fairs, Schools, Hospitals
  • Honolulu Zoo, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, San Diego Zoo
  • Animal Planet, Harry!, Fox and Friends, ABC, NBC, CBS, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning

Keynote Speaker

  • Coral Restoration Foundation, FL
  • Tanganyika Wildlife Park, KS
  • Wyland Foundation, CA
  • Colorado Eagle Days, CO
  • Mid-America Cable Company, NE
  • Indiana Health & Wellness Summit, IN
  • Omaha Metro Science & Engineering Conference, NE
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), SD

Festivals

  • South Dakota Film Festival, SD
  • Orange County Water Festival, CA
  • Julian Music Festival
  • Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
  • Tiny House and Sustainable Living Festival
  • Party for the Planet, Surrey B.C.
  • Shark-Con
  • Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
Speaking Engagements

Stephanie is a story-teller at heart. Her style is dynamic, fun, and impactful. She weaves her world-wide experiences with people and animals into talks that make kids laugh and adults think twice about their daily actions.

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Wild Kingdom

Cheetahs, crocodiles, and Kangaroos! Can’t get enough Wild Kingdom? Follow Stephanie and get behind the scenes as she searches for fascinating wildlife across the globe, and meets the people working to protect them.

Explore the Wild Kingdom >

Women in the Wild

Looking for inspiration? Learn how amazing women like, Stephanie, began working in wildlife conservation, science, and film. Browse profiles and learn from unsung heroes, and up-and-coming female leaders.

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“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Eleanor Roosevelt