About Jennifer Skiff

Director of International Programs
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Perth, Australia and Mount Desert, Maine

Jennifer Skiff brings to Animal Wellness Action a lifelong focus on, and passion for, environmental issues.  She crisscrossed the globe as an investigative correspondent for CNN for more than a decade, receiving several honors including the prized Environmental Media Award.  Her independently produced programs about animals have aired on The Discovery Channel and other networks globally.  As a bestselling author, Jennifer’s inspirational books, The Divinity of Dogs and God Stories have been published in seven languages. Her latest book, Rescuing Ladybugs: Inspirational Encounters with Animals That Changed the World has received three 1st place literary prizes.

Jennifer has more than 25 years of experience leading animal welfare organizations and she leads by example.  After witnessing the torture of Asiatic bears in 1998, she initiated and led the successful campaign to build the first bear sanctuary in the country of Laos.  Today that sanctuary is home to 22 bears. While on vacation in Indonesia, she witnessed extreme neglect of animals at a hotel zoo. She negotiated with management, facilitating the release of twelve chained monkeys into their natural habitat. Her intervention was credited for shuttering the zoo six months later. Jennifer is currently a trustee of the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Australia and an advisor to Animal Aid USA and the Institute for Humane Education.

In her aforementioned book, Rescuing Ladybugs, Jennifer coined the phrase “The Compassion Movement.” She defines it as “the collective quest to alleviate suffering for all forms of life.” Teachers around the world are using the book to inspire students to create lasting change.