Dyan deNapoli's first penguin encounter occurred at the New England Aquarium when she was eight years old. Twenty-six years later she returned as an intern in the penguin department, and was soon hired as staff. In 2000, after 40,000 African penguins were threatened by an oil spill, she flew to South Africa to help supervise the rehabilitation efforts. More than 12,500 volunteers labored for three grueling months, ultimately saving 95% of the penguins in what still stands as the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken. Published by Simon & Schuster in 2010, THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE was a Silver Award Winner in the 2010 Nautilus Book Awards, was named a "Must-Read" Book in the 2010 Massachusetts Book Awards, and was listed as "One of the best sci-tech book so 2010" by Library Journal. Part of the proceeds from THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE will be donated to penguin rescue and conservation groups.
Dyan's talk about this rescue was featured on TED.com in the summer of 2011. Since 1995, Dyan has taught more than 250,000 people about penguins. As The Penguin Lady, she shares her passion for these engaging seabirds with audiences worldwide. Dyan has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including CNN's Situation Room, BBC Radio 5 Live, CBC Radio Canada, Sierra Club Radio, and ABC Radio Australia. In 2008, she authored the new penguin chapter for Scholastic Publishing's New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia. She has been the penguin expert and guest lecturer on nature cruises to Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands; she has also traveled to Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa to work with, teach about, and observe penguins in the wild. To learn more, visit www.thepenguinlady.com.