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.”
Anna Kretschmar graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Biology with an ecology concentration and a Spanish minor in 2018. She interned and after became a keeper at the cat sanctuary In-Sync Exotics in Wylie, Texas. Anna joined the Wild Wonders team as an intern in May 2019 and became staff in October.
Jess Sorrentino has a degree in Zoology from NC State University, a diploma in Zoo Animal Management from Sparsholt College, and a certificate in Wildlife Forensics from the University of Florida. She has worked in 4 countries in 10 different facilities with over 200 species, although her focus has been cheetahs for most of her career. She serves as a volunteer for Cheetah Conservation Fund Somaliland and enjoys spending time with her family and many pets on her property in Escondido.
Megan Wickersheim graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Organismal Biology in 2021. Throughout 2020 she volunteered in the Mammal Lab at her university and at Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach. She joined Wild Wonders as an intern in June 2021 and became staff in October.