JULIE SCARDINA currently serves as zoological corporate curator for SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Discovery Cove. She is responsible for many zoological programs across the parks, ranging from animal training to ambassador animal outreach. She also serves as spokesperson for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, discussing all aspects of animals and wildlife issues in appearances both in and outside the parks, and monthly on NBC’s Today Show. Previously, she appeared regularly for more than 15 years on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jack Hanna’s show “Animal Adventures,” discussing wildlife and conservation. Scardina serves on the board of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and often travels to conservation and environmental projects on all seven continents. She is actively involved with several other conservation organizations, and as a board member for the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program, she mentors up-and-coming young conservationists. With Jeff Flocken, North American regional director for IFAW, Scardina coauthored the inspiring book Wildlife Heroes, which highlights threats to wildlife and wild places across the globe and focuses on 40 people who have committed their lives to preserving species and solving some of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues. She graduated from San Diego State University with honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in biology.