My name is Amanda. I was born in Orange Park, Florida, but moved a few times throughout my life, spending a portion of my young adult life in Chesapeake, Virginia, while my dad served in the Navy. In 2005, my father retired from the Navy (after 20 years of service) and we moved back to Florida to be closer to my family.
My passion for animals started at a young age, and I always knew I would eventually do something animal related. Throughout my college career, I’ve interned at the Central Florida Zoo and Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge where I’ve cultivated my passion to do conservation work, help animals, and educate the public. I am currently pursuing a Biology degree at the University of Central Florida where I hope to one day become a zoologist or wildlife educator.