Shellyane Bryan is a third year student studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Staffordshire University. She has a love for small animals, especially those of the rat and hamster variety. Learn all about her rats Mouse, Slinky and Diddy, and share memories of her first rat Dumbo and her hamster Leon.
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Catya is a high school senior from Southern California. Catya is a judge with the California Hamster Association. She is also a harpist and an amateur fencer.
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Travis Livieri is executive director of Prairie Wildlife Research and holds BS and MS degrees in wildlife management. He has worked on the North American prairies for 13 years to restore the endangered black-footed ferret.
Sylvatic plague has reached the Conata Basin, an area of South Dakota that was a previous safe haven for black-footed ferrets and one of the most successful sites for reintroducing the endangered black-footed ferret into the wild. Travis Livieri is one of the people working to save the black-footed ferrets, also known as BFFs.
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Joanne Colangelo lives in New York where she shares her home with her husband and daughter. She is a teacher in Westchester County and volunteers for a number of animal rescue organizations and is a board member for the Putnam Humane Society in New York. She is currently owned by three dogs, five cats, and six guinea pigs.
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Donna Anastasi is the author of Gerbils [BowTie Press, 2005] and president of the American Gerbil Society. She raises and shows gerbils and is a certified AGS judge.
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Leah McNeil lives in North Carolina and works as a software tester for a financial institution. She is an animal lover and volunteers at a local animal shelter. She wrote the book The Adventures of Brownie Bear & Butterscotch: SCHOOL's OUT!, which features the silly antics of two previous guinea pigs that she owned. Check it out here.
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