Hi y'all! My name is Emily, and I'm the Education Specialist here at the zoo. Before coming to ZooMontana I studied spotted hyenas for five years and worked at an outdoor nature education camp in South Carolina. While research is awesome, I love to get people excited about the natural world and all the animals that inhabit it! For example, did you know that the closest relatives to hyenas is not a cat or dog? It's actually a mongoose! When I'm not educating people on animals and natural science, you can find me forever trying to master the perfect sourdough loaf, hiking, doing yoga, or reading scientific papers (yes, it's fun, I promise)!