Erna Walraven was born in the Netherlands and moved to Australia via Spain, (where she stayed long enough to develop an appreciation of tapas and good red wine). She’s been a translator, kennel-maid, zookeeper, petrol pump attendant, waitress, aged care worker, farmhand, conveyancing clerk, debt collector and a dog washer. After many different jobs she actually finished university, settled for zoology to become the Senior Curator at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, for two decades.
Erna’s last book, Wild Leadership – what wild animals teach us about leadership, was published by New Holland in 2019, then published by LangenMüller in Germany in 2020 and Delachaux et Niestlé in France in 2021. Her latest manuscript, titled Wild Fathers – what wild animals teach us about fatherhood, is due out for Father’s Day 2021.
After travelling to Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America and the Arctic, her life goal is to see all the penguin species of the world just so she’s likely to make it to Antarctica some time. When she’s not travelling or writing you can find her doing laps in the public pool or admiring her home grown vegetables.