Elise Montanino

Elise Montanino

Elephant Project Coordinator

 Elise has been passionate about animals and conservation since she was a child. Growing up in Northern California, she recited animal facts to her family ad nauseam, and eventually turned her enthusiasm for animals into a career.

Elise earned her B.A. in wildlife management and environmental conservation from Cornell University in 2011. A semester abroad in Kenya and Tanzania introduced Elise to community-based conservation efforts, and inspired her to pursue a career advocating for locally-driven wildlife conservation. Subsequently, Elise worked as a zookeeper at multiple facilities and currently cares for tigers, lions, okapi, ocelots, and dholes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. In addition to her role as a zookeeper, Elise writes blogs and magazine articles to encourage children to participate in conservation.

 Elise is thrilled to be part of Global Conservation Force. When she’s not reciting elephant facts to anyone who will listen, Elise loves to read, cook, and practice yoga.