Mongabay’s environmental education initiative aims to provide high quality, engaging, and inspirational biodiversity, conservation, and environmental science media for kids (ages 8-14) around the world.
Our mission is to inspire all kids (and their adults) to explore, celebrate, and conserve plants, animals, and ecosystems, wherever nature happens.
Use the Mongabay Kids website to:
- explore animals, plants, fungi and ecosystems that you never imagined existed
- celebrate your favorite animals and plants with art and science projects
- learn how to conserve the animals and plants you love, in your local area and in far-off places
- meet adults and kids from around the world who are caring for our environment
Meet our team!
Megan Strauss, Editor
Megan is an ecologist, illustrator, and environmental educator with a passion for conservation. Megan has a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior from the University of Minnesota for research on giraffe ecology in Tanzania. She lives in Australia, where she enjoys massive trees, noisy birds, hiking, gardening, and learning new things.
contact: megan [at] mongabay.com
David Brown, Editor
David is a biologist and environmental educator. He has researched giraffe population genetics, and along with his colleagues discovered that many of the giraffe subspecies in the wild may be distinct species. David has written for National Geographic Kids, Highlights, and Mongabay.com.
contact: david.brown [at] mongabay.com
Romi Castagnino, Host of Candid Animal Cam
Romi Castagnino is Associate Digital Editor & Host for Mongabay. Romi is a Peruvian conservation biologist and wildlife photographer based in Australia. She has conducted research in the Amazon Rainforest and tropical montane cloud forests of Peru using camera traps to study carnivore conservation. Driven by her passion for wildlife ecology, she founded Neofelis Films, a video production company focused on science communication, natural history and conservation documentaries.
María Ángeles Salazar Rustarazo, Program and Translation Specialist, Mongabay
María has a background in languages and translation. She started helping Mongabay in 2013 as a volunteer translator and joined the team officially in 2015. She has always loved art, animals and the environment. She started drawing and painting when she was a child, and animals and plants have always been present in her drawings. After a few years focused on studies and work, in 2018 she decided to start taking art courses and practice more often to make art and creativity a bigger part of her life. She now combines her regular work with some personal illustration projects and contributes to Mongabay Kids with her drawings.