San Diego native Georgeanne Irvine has devoted more than three decades of her career to raising awareness about animals and wildlife conservation. By day, she is associate director of communications/development for the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, where she has worked for more than 33 years. In her spare time “George” is the author of more than 20 children’s books plus numerous magazine, newspaper, and Web articles. George’s most recent work is the coffee table book, “The Katrina Dolphins: One-Way Ticket to Paradise,” which is a true story about 8 dolphins from an oceanarium who were washed out to sea during Hurricane Katrina and dramatically rescued.
George’s passions are travel, photography, storytelling, Broadway musicals, and, of course, animals. Her worldwide adventures have taken her to some of the wildest places on Earth—from the jungles of Borneo and South America to the mountains of China as well as the savannas of Africa and the Outback of Australia.
Because of George’s dedication to conservation, she provides grants to global grassroots wildlife conservation and education programs through her nonprofit Gordy Foundation.