My name is Valerie Abbott. I was raised and currently live in North Carolina. I have two "children," Amber and Andy, who are rescue dogs. I was educated at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Currently I volunteer at the North Carolina Zoo. I have been volunteering there since 1996. I also do some work for Polar Bears International and explore.org, including operating the Polar Bear Cam each fall and the Siku Cam and the Ilka and the Twins Cam year-round. I also volunteer to moderate the PBI group on the photo sharing site, Flickr. I am a photographer who has been lucky to get worldwide attention with my Willy the polar bear photos.
I have a true love for animals, particularly polar bears. I hope through my photography I am bringing to light these magnificent bears and the plight in which they endure.