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Danielle Kessler holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Penn State. Currently, Danielle works as a Program Officer at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), focusing on the mitigation of human-induced threats to whales, including ending commercial and “scientific” whaling. Prior to joining IFAW, Danielle spent several years working in conservation education with Walt Disney World’s Animal Programs. As an Education Coordinator at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of a dynamic team of education presenters, all of whom came from southern African countries, including Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Danielle was recently married and now resides in Rockville, Maryland with her husband, Jeff, and incredibly awesome little beagle, Chloe.