Born on Guam in the middle of a typhoon, Brooke has had an adventurous spirit all her life. When she was 8 months old, her family moved back to the Appalachian hills of southern Ohio, and Brooke spent her childhood days exploring her forested home. When she wasn't outside, she was watching wildlife documentaries from around the world. From a young age, she knew she wanted to dedicate her life to saving big cats.
Brooke received her bachelor's degree in zoology from The Ohio State University in 2014 and her master's in conservation biology from Miami University in December 2017. Through her studies, she discovered that ecotourism is one of the best methods to save her favorite apex predators from extinction. Travels to Baja California, Mexico, Africa and India solidified her interest in conservation tourism, and she left the zoo world to pursue a career in the field, finding her calling at Natural Habitat Adventures.
Brooke now happily calls Colorado home and fills her days with hiking, wildlife photography, reading and playing the drums. Her goal is to see every big cat species in the wild at least once, and to not let one go extinct while she walks the Earth. Through Nat Hab, Brooke has checked off two major bucket list items: observing polar bears in the wild and sailing around the Galapagos Islands – a wildlife biologist’s dream!