Female Naturalists

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Terri Irwin
(Naturalist Who is The Owner of Australia Zoo in 'Beerwah, Queensland')
Terri Irwin
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Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States

American–Australian naturalist Terri Irwin is best known as the co-host of The Crocodile Hunter, along with her husband, the late animal expert Steve Irwin. She has also been part of shows such as Croc Files and Crikey! It's the Irwins, and helped in the development of Australia Zoo.

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Joy Adamson
(Naturalist and Author of the Book 'Born Free', Which Documents Her Experience In Raising a Lion Club)
Joy Adamson
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Birthdate: January 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Opava, Czechia
Died: January 3, 1980

Best known for her iconic book Born Free, which describes her experiences of raising a lion cub named Elsa, Joy Adamson was a noted Austro-Hungarian wildlife conservationist. She excelled in music and medicine in her younger days and later settled in Kenya with her third husband, conservationist George Adamson.

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Maria Sibylla Merian
(German-Born Dutch Naturalist and Scientific Illustrator Known for Her Contribution to 'Entomology')
Maria Sibylla Merian
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Birthdate: April 2, 1647
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Free City of Frankfurt, German
Died: January 13, 1717

German-born Dutch naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian is remembered for her drawings of insects and plants. She also contributed to the development of entomology through her detailed work on insects and her documentation of a butterfly’s metamorphosis. Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium is her best-known work.

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Gene Stratton-Porter
(Author)
Gene Stratton-Porter
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Birthdate: August 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lagro, Indiana, U.S
Died: December 6, 1924
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Mary Ward
(Naturalist)
Mary Ward
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Birthdate: April 27, 1827
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ballylin, County Offaly, Ireland
Died: 1869 AD

English nun Mary Ward was one of the first to show how influential women could be in the Church. Her work led to the development of the Congregation of Jesus and Blessed Virgin Mary, or the Loreto Sisters. She traveled on foot all across Europe, establishing schools and was often criticized by traditionalists.

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Mardy Murie
(Naturalist)
Mardy Murie
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Birthdate: August 18, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: October 19, 2003
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Catharine Parr Traill
(Canadian Author and Naturalist)
Catharine Parr Traill
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Birthdate: January 9, 1802
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Southwark, England
Died: August 29, 1899

Catharine Parr Traill moved from England to Canada after her marriage and soon became one of the greatest authors of children’s and settlers’ literature of her time. Her writings reflected the charm of the Canadian countryside. Her letters to her mother in England were collated in The Backwoods of Canada.

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Susan Fenimore Cooper
(Writer)
Susan Fenimore Cooper
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Birthdate: April 17, 1813
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Scarsdale, New York, United States
Died: December 31, 1894
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Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz
(Writer)
Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz
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Birthdate: December 5, 1822
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 27, 1907
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Gabriela Zapolska
(Polish Novelist Known for Her Socio-Satirical Comedies)
Gabriela Zapolska
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Birthdate: March 30, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Podhajce, Ukraine
Died: December 21, 1921

One of the best novelists and playwrights from the Naturalist school of Poland, Gabriela Zapolska had initially had a failed acting career. Of her countless works, only a few survive, such as the farce Mrs. Dulska’s Morality. Highly influenced by naturalist author Émile Zola, she also included a journalistic tone.

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Maria Martin
(Artist)
Maria Martin
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Birthdate: July 6, 1796
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 18, 1863
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Annalea Krebs
(CEO at Social Nature)
Annalea Krebs
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Birthplace: United states