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Missouri-based Endangered Wolf Center CEO Virginia Busch has announced the appointment of Stephanie Arne as its new Director of Education.

Arne is an accomplished wildlife conservationist and the former host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. She has worked in 20 countries and filmed stories on everything from polar bears to penguins. 

According to Busch: “Stephanie has a strong connection with nature. She embraces the importance of living as a part of the natural world, rather than separate from it. And she knows that sharing that connectivity is critical to protecting nature on a global scale.

She has worked with and learned from biologists, conservation leaders, CEOs, farmers and fishermen in Africa, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. Her impressive work experience will be invaluable to our growing program of work at the Center.”

As a wildlife conservation professional, Arne is committed to raising awareness about the disconnect between modern society and the natural world. And she’s determined to explore and share how each of us can use our specific talents and skills to bridge that gap to make our planet a healthier place for generations to come. 


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“I am incredibly excited to join such an innovative, passionate organization that will allow me to tap into my long-standing commitment to education and engagement of adults and children to understand the importance of conservation and endangered animals,” said Arne. “I first met the Center’s team while filming a story for Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom online series a few years ago. I was so inspired by their work and truly look forward to being a member of their impressive, dedicated animal care team and leading-edge canid research and fostering program.”


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In addition to her new position at the Endangered Wolf Center, she is the wildlife and conservation ambassador for CuriosityStream and a public speaker on global efforts in conservation and sustainability. Her insight has earned her a seat on the International Union of Conservation Nature’s (IUCN), Education and Communication Commission.


Recently, Arne became a Deep Elite Ambassador for Scubapro; named Ambassador for the Planet by the Wyland Foundation; was profiled in Dive Alert Magazine; joined the advisory council for the Alaska Sea Life Center, and became co-founder of The Creative Animal Foundation.

Arne has become a regular on Harry Connick Jr.’s daytime show, “Harry!” and appeared on The Weather Channel, and Animal Planet’s, “Animal Nation” with comedian, Anthony Anderson. She’s also been featured on an episode of the HGTV series “Tiny House, Big Living”, kicking off the tiny house tour for the Creative Animal Foundation.