Q: What are you working on right now?

A: I am in the midst of a lot of projects, all for kids and young adults! A book I researched in Brazil’s Rio Negro, called AMAZON ADVENTURE, comes out next year on how little home aquarium fish might save the world’s largest rainforest. I just got back from two trips to Kenya and Tanzania this summer doing research for two books. One is on spotted hyena biologist Dr. Kay Holekamp’s nearly 30 years with this much-maligned predator; the other about traveling with Dr. Richard Estes on the wildebeest migration. I am also writing a book called HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE, which is a memoir of what 12 individual animals taught me over the course of my life so far. Coming out in 2017 is a book for young children about the true story of Inky, the octopus who escaped from his New England Aquarium exhibit down the drain and went back to his wild home. And my next research expedition, possibly as early as next spring, will take me to the cliffs of California, where I’ll be researching a book on the comeback of the mighty California condor. I’m going to have to take a climbing course for that one!