It is no surprise that Samantha has a profound connection to animals and a strong passion for conservation. It was her parents, David and Anita, that founded Zoo to You before she was born. Samantha was raised with Jasmine the tiger, Maya the spider monkey, and all of the animals that have found sanctuary at her family’s rescue zoo. At age twelve, Samantha traveled to Africa with her parents and life-long mentor Jungle Jack Hanna to assist in the preservation of the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Having been surrounded by wildlife education and conservation for her entire life, carrying on the family legacy came naturally for her. As the Director of Community Outreach Samantha works hard to connect and inspire everyone she meets to respect and conserve wildlife. She has appeared on Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, David Letterman, and many other national and local programs in a continued effort to spread the message of conservation.