Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma's Journey (Paperback)
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From conservation scientist Dr. Tiffany Yap and artist Meital Smith comes a debut graphic novel sharing the intriguing story of a young puma in central California facing habitat loss, poison, dangerous roads, conflict with farm animals, and wildfire. Unique and multidimensional in its scope, Tales of the Urban Wild has much to inspire and teach us of a future of resilience, coexistence, and hope.
About the Author
Tiffany Yap, DEnv/PhD, is a conservation scientist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a bachelor's in biology from UC Berkeley as well as a master's in environmental health sciences and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA. She has researched the impacts of wildlife trade, urbanization, and climate change on wildlife and published studies in Science, EcoHealth, and other scientific journals.Meital Smith is an illustrator and artist from Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Design in 2021 and is currently pursuing an MAT at the Rhode Island School of Design. Meital's work has appeared in The Lily, and in 2021, she self-published her graphic novella Yesh Lanu Machaneh, which documents her community's experience at her beloved summer camp, Camp Miriam.