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Delta Willis

Author, Travel Advisor, Conservation Communications at Pulse Africa

Pasadena, CA, United States

Professional Bio

Delta Willis searched for fossils alongside Richard Leakey for her first book, The Hominid Gang, and has written for Adventure Travel, AudubonOutside, People, Natural History, Diversion, and The New York Times.  She served as Chief Contributor to the Fodor’s Travel Guides to Kenya & Tanzania 1981-2001.

In 2013 Willis joined Hillary and Chelsea Clinton to announce the Elephant Action Network plan to stem poaching. A member of The Explorers Club, Willis is returning to freelance writing after working as a Sr. publicist on environmental issues for the National Audubon Society, Wildlife Direct and Earthwatch.    Her first career was at New York’s J. Walter Thompson Company, then the world’s largest ad agency. As Director of Programs & Press for a unit of British television, she promoted wildlife filmmakers Alan & Joan Root, Iain Douglas Hamilton’s research on elephants, and made the first of 33 journeys to Africa. 

Where I Write

Writing "My Boat in the City" memoirs. Leading a travel writing worship in Dublin Dec 10-17 Walking in the footsteps of James Joyce, alongside novelists, poets, other classes all week. info at Abroad Writers Conference dot com

Favorite Blogs

Andrew Revkin    Dot Earth   New York Times

Recent Activity

  1. Delta Willis added a comment on To Hunt or Not to Hunt, That Is the Question
    Dr. Pimm has it right when he says "It's complicated." Hunting has been banned in Kenya for decades but that doesn't stop locals from setting thousands of snares, nearly invisible wires, to cripple el…
  2. Delta Willis added a comment on Live Bear-Cam at Katmai National Park, Alaska
    Worked with Explore to promote the puffin and osprey nest cams when I was Sr Communications Manager for the National Audubon Society. Great deal of effort went into social media and keeping viewers en…
  3. Delta Willis added a comment on Killing of Cecil the Lion Sparks Debate Over Trophy Hunts
    Dr. Palmer has been nailed for also killing endangered rhino, and sexual harassment. But responding to violence with violence doesn't solve anything. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel produced a thoughtful report…
  4. Delta Willis added a comment on How Not to Be Elizabeth Gilbert
    Huge help. I thank the author for shining a light on many issues I've confronted writing my own memoirs. As a journalist I would rather delve into the world around me, and did so in The Hominid G…
  5. Delta Willis added a comment on Why the Nomadic Lifestyle Can't Last
    Back to the question at hand: Nomads Forever?  The global carbon budget, and human population, all changed dramatically when nomadic migrations ceased in favor of agriculture. You can still see r…
  6. Delta Willis added a comment on Why the Nomadic Lifestyle Can't Last
    @eurapart   When you refer to carbon footprint, you're only addressing Climate Change, which is huge problem, but not the only devastating effect of an exploding human population. Hundreds of tho…
  7. Delta Willis added a comment on Why the Nomadic Lifestyle Can't Last
    First of all, nothing is forever. Second, let's define nomadic. Tribes lived in various places but moved according to seasons, food needs, change in weather, etc. They were not constantly on the move.…
  8. Delta Willis added an article Author Robert Graves Found ‘Perfect Tranquillity’ in Majorca
  9. Delta Willis added a comment on The Battle of Barcelona: Pissed Off Residents Vs Drunk, Naked Tourists
    Wow, thanks for timely warning.  Sounds like a good summer to travel off the beaten path. I'm going north of Venice next week, to prosecco country, with no desire to visit what we've begun to cal…
  10. Delta Willis added a comment on The art of tour guiding
    Absolutely hilarious and thoughtful, too. Inspires me to write about my tour guiding days with this kind of touch. Thank you for sharing.