Writer: Lana Beissel

Lana’s love for animals has led to some unique experiences, from being courted by a curious manatee to having a black-footed ferret asleep in her lap and a porcupine getting a little frisky with her leg. After working as an EMT, Lana shifted her focus to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, contributing fieldwork as a citizen scientist studying endangered species such as black-footed ferrets, desert tortoises, jaguars, and ocelots. When not filming or digging up new stories, Lana can be found freediving in search of octopus or exploring the Colorado Front Range with her husband.