Schafer, Susan 1949-

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Schafer, Susan 1949-


Born June 4, 1949, in Hollywood, CA; daughter of William Boulware (a doctor) and Barbara (a homemaker) Schafer; married Paul Severtson (a fund-raiser), February 15, 1988; children: Brooke Love. Education: San Diego State University, B.S. (with honors), 1974, M.S., 1982; California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, teaching credential, 1998.


Home—Santa Margarita, CA. Office—Atascadero Junior High School, 6501 Lewis Ave., Atascadero, CA 93422. E-mail—[email protected].


San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA, library intern, 1976-77, animal keeper in herpetology department, 1977-86, animal care manager, 1986-88, assistant curator, 1988-91, curator, 1992; freelance writer, 1992-94; Veterinary Medical Center, Atascadero, CA, veterinary technician, 1994-98; Atascadero Junior High School, Atascadero, science teacher, 1998—. Research assistant for a research project in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, 1976-77; Zoological Society of San Diego, scientific leader of expedition to the Galapagos Islands and Peru, 1989; Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney, Australia, exchange keeper, 1985; Victoria University of Wellington, research assistant in Tuatara Research Program, 1989-92; guest speaker on nature topics; guest on numerous media programs; consultant to National Geographic Society, Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Isles, and other institutions and organizations. San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, director emeritus, 1993—.


Professional fellow, American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria, 1990-92; citation for outstanding science trade book for children, Joint National Science Teachers Association and Children's Book Council Committee, for The Galapagos Tortoise.



The Komodo Dragon, Dillon Press (New York, NY), 1992.

The Galapagos Tortoise, Dillon Press (New York, NY), 1992.

The Vulture, Dillon Press (New York, NY), 1994.

Turtles, Benchmark Books (New York, NY), 1999.

Tigers, Benchmark Books (New York, NY), 2001.

Lions, Benchmark Books (New York, NY), 2001.

Lizards, Benchmark Books (New York, NY), 2001.

Snakes, Benchmark Books (New York, NY), 2003.

Horses, Benchmark Books (New York, NY), 2003.

Where's My Tail?, Marshall Cavendish (Tarrytown, NY), 2005.

Contributor to scientific journals, including Journal of Wilderness Medicine, Tuatara, Physician and Sports-medicine, Journal of Zoo Animal Medicine, and Herpetologica. Contributor to magazines, including Koala Club News and Zoonooz.

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