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.”      

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. 

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.

Stone Miller graduated from Kaplan College where she studied anatomy and pharmacology. She worked as a Seasoned Naturalist for 4 years teaching students about local wildlife, and earth science. There Stone also managed the care and presentation of the program’s animal ambassadors. Stone interned at Wild Wonders and The Living Desert before joining the staff at Wild Wonders in April of 2020.

Magic Philley went to Moorpark College where she graduated from the well respected Exotic Animal Management and Training program, which features intense study of animal husbandry, training, and behavior.
 
She has been with Wild Wonders for almost 2 years.