David’s passion for wildlife and desire to educate and inspire conservation worldwide is what lead him to establish Conservation Ambassadors 25 years ago. His passion started in high school with jobs in animal care and training dogs and parrots. His unique experiences inspired him to pursue a career in the animal care field. David worked in the zoological medicine department at UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital where his dedication and interest in wildlife and wild places lead him to attend Moorepark college an AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums)-certified facility in California where he graduated with a degree in exotic animal training and zoological management. David has traveled around the world to assist with wildlife conservation efforts. Over his career, he has received numerous awards for animal welfare, zoo management, education and training but he will say his greatest accomplishment are his two children Samantha and Christopher who have the same love for animals and passion for conservation.
Often referred to as “Kangaroo Lanie,” Melanie began her career working for Los Angeles Unified School District in Special Education with a background in Environmental Biology from California State University, Northridge. She went on to America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College and earned degrees in Animal Behavior, Wildlife Education, and Exotic Animal Training and Management.
Her first encounter with Conservation Ambassadors was in 2000 during the filming of the Animal Planet series “Moorpark 24/7.” Shortly thereafter she began managing the Los Angeles-based chapter of the company, known as “Wildlife on Wheels.” Upon consolidation of the “Zoo to You” and “Wildlife on Wheels” outreach programs, Lanie relocated to the beautiful Conservation Ambassadors sanctuary in Paso Robles, California.
Kangaroo Lanie has been highlighted on the television program Career Day and on Pets.TV as a professional wildlife educator. Through school assembly programs and personal encounters she is working to educate, inspire, and empower a generation to protect and conserve our wild planet.
“If I can make a difference in the life of another, human or animal, I have succeeded.” -Kangaroo Lanie
To schedule a program, private event, or for general questions please email Melanie@zootoyou.org.