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Passionate About Inspiring Others

Since she was a child, Stephanie Arne has felt a strong connection with nature. She embraces the importance of living as a part of the natural world, rather than separate from it. And she knows that sharing that connectivity is critical to protecting nature on a global scale.

She’s worked with – and learned from – biologists, conservation leaders, CEOs, farmers, and fisherman in Africa, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the United States.

As a wildlife conservation professional, she’s committed to raising awareness about the disconnect between modern society and the natural world. And she’s determined to explore and share how each of us can use our specific talents and skills to bridge that gap to make our planet a healthier place for generations to come.

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Today, Stephanie proud to be back in her home state of South Dakota and is the Director of Conservation for the Sioux Falls zoo and Aquarium, a new organization formed by the merger of the Great Plains Zoo and Butterfly House and Aquarium. She is formerly the Director of Education for Endangered Wolf Center, founded by celebrity Wild Kingdom host, Dr. Marlin Perkins and his wife Carol, she is also the former online host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom furthering her commitment to the Perkin’s work.


Steph is a respected and engaging public speaker on global efforts in community conservation and her insight has earned her a seat on the International Union of Conservation Nature’s (IUCN), Education and Communication Commission.  Stephanie has been the Wildlife and Conservation Ambassador for CuriosityStream: Deep Elite Ambassador for Scubapro; named Ambassador for the Planet by the Wyland Foundation; joined the advisory council for Alaska Sealife Center, and was the co-founder of The Creative Animal Foundation.

Stephanie has appeared on the "Drew Barrymore Show," Harry Connick Jr.’s daytime show, “Harry!” as well as The Weather Channel, and Animal Planet’s, “Animal Nation” with comedian, Anthony Anderson. Steph is passionate about ecology and wildlife, but she is also fascinated with history and sustainably living; She was featured on Nebraska Public Media as the host of “Adventures in History: Discovering Nebraska’s State Historical Parks,” as well as an episode of the HGTV series “Tiny House, Big Living.”




Media Appearances

Radio and Podcasts

Festivals | Conferences

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

  • Sharks– Bahamas Marine Sanctuary

  • Rays– Bahamas Marine Sanctuary

  • Snakes– Reptile Gardens

  • Wolves– Endangered Wolf Center




Speaker | Emcee | Workshops

Media Appearances

Nebraska Public Media

Ambassador Services



Stephanie has hosted and spoken to audiences around the world. To invite her to be part of your next conference, school event, fundraiser or gala, click the contact button check her availability. 


Or, if you are a producer looking for a presenter for your next program, awesome! Let's talk and see how we can work together. 


Past Clients

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