Dave Johnson is a Zookeeper from Denver, Colorado.
He has been working with the pachyderm
collection there since 1998, but his career actually
encompasses so much more.
Dave has written three conservation books for
kids, all focusing on the protection and passion it
takes to save other species from extinction.
He leads people on treks to Nepal, climbs
mountains for rhinos, runs marathons for elephants,
and spreads his love for animals everywhere.
He has Tuesdays and Wednesdays off from the
zoo to teach others about his lifelong pursuit.
Dave is creating the next generation of
passionate people to make a difference for our
planet and the animals we share it with.
His books are focused on a little Colorado girl
named Sissy Sally Sassafras who loves animals, too.
She is bound and determined to enlighten
others about the plight of rhinos, elephants, and
the other wildlife in her region and beyond.
Dave uses Sissy Sally Sassafras as his little
animal nerd with the huge heart and even bigger
She has something to say about where we are headed,
and Dave works tirelessly to promote this shared
Dave now uses the books for schools, scouts, sports
teams and churches for their fundraising efforts and
is trying to get them sold in every state.
Now, these organizations can sell
conservation instead of cookies or preservation
instead of popcorn.
Half of the profits go directly back to these
empowered “Rhino Warriors”, an elite team that is
making a difference.
Dave loves to visit with others and bring
this new culture to animal lovers everywhere.
Have him out to speak about what we can all
do together to save our remaining ecosystems and all
of the creatures they contain.
He began a non-profit called the Katie Adamson
Conservation Fund back in 2014, in honor of one of
his zoo explorers who passed away from cancer.
With Katie’s parents support and the backing
of his Denver community they are now moving forward
as a herd of animal nerds making a stand for
wildlife around the globe.
Let Dave and Sissy Sally Sassafras be part of