Jackie Navarro – Executive Director/Compound Manager
Jackie Navarro is a veteran of the wild animal world. Her personal safari began in 1989 taking her from California Polytechnic University into various roles such as: zookeeper, zoo educator, trainer, behavioral consultant, presenter, and show producer and consultant. Jackie has been affiliated with several zoos including: Columbus, Charles Paddock, Santa Ana, and the San Diego Safari Park, where she performed in front of thousands. These experiences combined with a need for grassroots wildlife education programs in southern California eventually led her to the formation of her own wildlife education organization, Wild Wonders, Inc. in 1991. Currently, Jackie travels throughout the United States with her animal ambassadors charming children and adults alike through personal appearances, performances, media opportunities, and other related interactions. Jackie’s drive and determination, along with her contacts in the animal world are only a few of her great assets that have helped Wild Wonders to grow into one of the foremost wildlife education organizations in the west. She has a genuine love of animals, children and a desire to educate people about the natural world.
Jackie is an Institutional Member of American Association of Zookeepers, Member of American Zoological Association, Professional Member of Zoological Association of America, President of the Association of Professional Wildlife Educators, and Member of California Association for the Gifted, California Kindergarten Association, and International Zoo Educators.
Jackie Navarro of Wild Wonders has a unique ability to communicate and inspire those who take part in her programs. The work Jackie does with young people will result in future generations caring about wildlife and interested in conservation.” – Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Kimberly Wright – Managing Director/Programs Manager
Kimberly Wright is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and marine sciences. She has a varied background of animal handling experience, working both in zoological parks and marine aquariums. Her experience includes many aspects of animal training, veterinary procedures, behavioral enrichment, husbandry, and educational presentations. As part of her dedication to wildlife conservation and education, she actively participates in biological research, both domestic and international.
“Working for Wild Wonders gives me a unique opportunity to share my knowledge and passion for the natural world by exposing and educating others about the extraordinary animals we share this world with.”
Candice Dymek Candice has been involved with marine animals and wildlife for 8 years. Most recently, she held a Senior Keeper position at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS, and was there for over 5 years. Candice graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and has been with Wild Wonders since February 2017.
Tegan Vaerewyck joined Wild Wonders in January 2019. She has a Bachelors in Biology from Western Michigan University, and has been working as a Zookeeper in multiple facilities for 5-1/2 years.
Toriana Green has a degree is in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a minor in biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Tori volunteered at the Reno zoo for a year, and interned at Sierra Nevada Journeys, the Living Coast Discovery Center, and Wild Wonders. Tori joined the staff at Wild Wonders in October 2018.
Courtney Watson graduated from Humboldt state University in Arcata, CA with a degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation in May 2018. She was an intern and a volunteer at the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center for 2 years helping to rehabilitate wildlife, and has been at Wild Wonders since September 2018.