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THE PENGUIN LADY presents compelling educational programs about penguin behavior, biology and conservation that are sure to be a hit with audiences of any age. Dyan deNapoli (AKA The Penguin Lady) worked closely with penguins at Boston's prestigious New England Aquarium and in the wild for nine years and she now brings exciting programs about penguins right to your door. She shares her extensive expertise and enthusiasm about these fascinating sea birds with children and adults in a variety of settings including grade schools, colleges, science centers, assisted living facilities, libraries and cruise ships throughout the New England region and beyond. Dyan donates a portion of the proceeds from every program to penguin rescue groups.

Dyan deNapoli's Bio

As a Senior Penguin Aquarist at the New England Aquarium, Dyan hand raised dozens of penguin chicks, presented daily programs about penguins to aquarium visitors, was a guest expert on several television and radio programs, traveled the globe to work with penguin researchers in the field and was the content reviewer for several books about penguins. Since starting her own educational company, she has authored the new penguin article for Scholastic Publishing's New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia, and she has served as the onboard penguin expert and guest lecturer on cruise ships visiting the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica. To date, Dyan has taught approximately 250,000 people in the US and abroad about penguins.

The highlight of Dyan's career was flying to South Africa as part of an international team of penguin experts to help save 40,000 penguins from an oil spill. The rehabilitation effort took three months and 556,000 hours of volunteer labor and, due to the incredible response to the penguins in crisis, 95% of the birds were saved and released back into the wild. This event was historic in its size and success rate, and it represents the largest number of animals within a species ever to be rescued and rehabilitated. Free Press (a division of Simon & Schuster) recently bought the rights to a book that Dyan is writing about this remarkable event. Dyan cites her participation in this rescue as the most challenging, yet the most rewarding, experience of her life.

Dyan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mount Ida College in 1996 and was awarded for Exceptional Achievement in the Sciences upon Graduation. In 2002, she was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Sciences. Dyan is a member of the National Marine Educators Association, the Massachusetts Marine Educators Association, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, North Shore Women in Business, the North Shore Business Forum and Mensa International. She is past President of the Home-based Businesswomen's Network.

     
     
   
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