The Team

Roberta Kravette

Head of Right-Brain Department

Roberta curates the site content. She does a significant portion of the research and writing, and is the liaison for our wildlife and destination experts. And Roberta makes sure there are lots of responsible experience opportunities for the more … er… cautious among us. 

Facts About Me

1. I believe in the butterfly wing effect: make a tiny wave in one place – and save the planet.
2. I love experiencing nature – however I also love indoor plumbing. 
3. Before I met my husband, my idea of “outdoor gear” was a pair of sneakers.
4. What I learned living abroad for nine years: Understanding is not mandatory - respect is. 
5. Favorite things: Books, art, nature, the sunrise, & my husband - don't ask me in what order. 
6. I am a vegan – because my husband is. 

Les Medley

Head of Left-Brain Department

Les is in charge of all things technical, whether it is the correct equipment for a Himalayan trek or fixing a glitch in the website. He is also Calendar Tsar. When a deadline is met it is because Les is aware of the time (and day and week).  He is constantly on the lookout for the next truly wild (responsible) wildlife adventure.

Facts About Me

1. I have never seen a tool or piece of outdoor equipment that I didn't need.
2. I spent almost two decades in special operations with the U.S. Army.
3. Grandpa taught me that God lives in the tall timber, cold streams, & clear lakes.
4. It has been said that left to my own devices, I would be a hermit.
5. The amount of useless history & science trivia I know is frightening.
6. The #1 wildlife encounter on my bucket list is to swim with beluga whales in Hudson Bay.
7. I am a vegan because my wife is.

Eric Petersen 

Wildlife Research 

Erik is passionate about wildlife. In his quest to help us understand a species and its situation he packs his articles with details and facts, checking and double-checking for correctness. And he is committed to exposing tourism experiences proven to harm or diminish an animal’s life. Erik’s goal is to inspire us to appreciate nature.

Facts About Me

1. My two greatest interests are animals and the environment.
2. I have been a docent at the Statin Island Zoo since 2009.
3. I present & explain about birds, small mammals, lizards, turtles, tortoises, various non–lethal arthropods, and non–venomous snakes.
4. I am working on my bachelor’s degree in Biology with the goal to be a zookeeper
5. I am a strong advocate for the environment and animal rights. When events are in my area, I will be there.
6. I enjoy educating people about animal behaviors, their life cycle, and their environmental needs.
7. I am a vegan

Joe Gliozzo

Contributor, Wildlife Photographer 

I am 56 years old, and I work on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a sales trader with Cuttone and Company. I have been doing this since I was 21 years old and have enjoyed my career on Wall Street but now it's time for me to chase my passion for photography. I enjoy not only taking my camera on trips with my family, but also photographing wildlife in my area and anyplace reachable by car for a day or an extended trip.  

Facts About Me

1. I started my photography career at age 15 taking pictures of Rock and Roll bands touring in New York City. 
2. I have been a sales trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for the past 35 years.
3. I have the best wife and children anyone could dream of having.
4. I used to have a one tracked mind, and that was for golf.
5. I still have a one tracked mind, but now it's tuned to photographing wildlife.
6. Being out in the wild with people as passionate as me is what I enjoy in my spare time.
7. The sales trading chapter of my life is just about ending so stay tuned...

Robert Wallace

Contributor, Wildlife Photographer  

I’m crazy about the outdoors. Whether it’s hiking through a forest, kayaking rivers, and lakes or cruising the oceans, they are equally special to me. I was fortunate to have been brought up with love and appreciation for nature and wildlife from day one. I studied photography at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and the School for Visual Arts in New York City. About six years ago I decided to go into photography full-time with most of my focus on all things of our natural wild world (okay, so far only the USA ).

Facts about me:

1.   I spent 15 years working at Moffitt Cancer Center.
2.  I miss the patients and staff. They were like a second family to me.
3.  My first photography subjects were the American Alligators.
4.  I’ve been told I look like George Straight, Garth Brooks, and former President Bush.
5.   I have a beautiful wife, an amazing family on my mom’s side, step-dads side, dad’s side & my wife’s side.
6.   My two mini Schnauzers think I’m the next best thing to sliced bread. Not my words… I can see it in their eyes