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GINA SEQUEIRA is a writer and artist focused on wildlife conservation and helping to end animal cruelty. After earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from U.C. Berkeley, and a master's from San Francisco State University in wildlife behavior, she worked as an academic researcher and writer in ecology and public policy for nearly five years in Hong Kong. She then lived in the Madagascar bush to study the feeding behavior of wild lemurs (ring-tailed lemurs and Verreaux's sifakas) for Ph.D research in behavioral ecology. Her journey there and to central Africa was a pivotal turning point in discovering the sentient souls of wild animals and learning how to respect them. Joli Wali Goes to the Sea (2010), illustrated with her paintings, is her first children's picture book to inspire youngsters to think about communication among the natural world with implications for real conservation. A revised edition is upcoming (issuu.com/ginaart/docs/joli_wali_book_preview). Gina enjoys music, swimming, tennis, yoga, and daily nature walks with her dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives most of her life.