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Brooke Mitchell

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!
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    Affectionally named “Thor” by a fellow guest, this male polar bear roamed the willows near the Tundra Lodge during our stay in Churchill, Manitoba. Having studied large predators for years, I never thought I would have the privilege of seeing these iconic animals in person. It was a magical experience!Polar bear waiting for the ice to freeze on the shores of the Hudson Bay in Churchill, Manitoba.For one of my graduate trips, we explored the connections between Hinduism, communities, and species conservation in the Indian Western Ghats. I was there during the monsoon season, which made for very wet hikes and lots of beautiful scenery!My first wild tiger in Nagarhole National Park, India! Being a big cat conservationist, this was a highlight of my life.This picture was taken during another graduate trip – snorkeling with whale sharks and sea lions in the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Baja California, Mexico!This was my first time seeing a herd of wild African elephants! Africa has a special place in my heart and I am always daydreaming about my next trip. (Location: Etosha National Park, Namibia)I had the privilege of observing this male cheetah and two brothers before they were re-released into the wild after rehabilitation. It was a very heartwarming experience and a huge win for big cat conservation. (Location: Namibia)When I am home, I spend my weekends hiking and photographing wildlife in Colorado’s high country. Rocky Mountain National Park is by far my favorite destination!
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