About us

Mongabay is a nonprofit environmental science and conservation news platform that produces original reporting in English, Indonesian, Spanish, French, Hindi, and Brazilian Portuguese.

Mongabay’s education initiative aims to provide high quality, engaging, and inspirational nature & conservation media for kids (ages 6-14) around the world.

At Mongabay Kids, our mission is to inspire all kids (and their adults) to explore, celebrate, and conserve plants, animals, and ecosystems, wherever nature happens.

On the Mongabay Kids website you can:
  • 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.

We'd like to acknowledge the following partners: