Vicki Croke

Vicki Croke

Honored with both a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and a PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors) Award, VICKI CONSTANTINE CROKE has been writing about wildlife for more than two decades—tracking polar bears, Tasmanian devils, and Madagascar’s top predator, the fossa.

Currently, she covers animal issues on air for NPR’s national newsmagazine show Here&Now, as well as online for WBUR’s The Wild Life.  She is the author of The New York Times Bestseller Elephant Company the story of J.H. Williams and the elephants he led for the Allied Forces in WWII, The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China’s Most Exotic Animal,  as well as The Modern Ark: The Story of Zoos—Past, Present and Future.

Vicki has worked on nature documentaries for Disney and for the A&E channel and anchored The Secret Life of Animals on NECN-TV. 

She wrote The Boston Globe’s “Animal Beat” column for thirteen years, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Sunday Telegraph, Time, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gourmet, National Wildlife, and Discover magazine, among others.

Cats Up Close


This charming book presents nearly 200 irresistible cats, in a variety of seasons, locales, and activities, that are certain to captivate cat lovers of all stripes.

Cats Up Close brings the feline world into beautifully sharp focus. Arranged thematically, the book begins with a chapter that shows cats playing and exploring in winter, spring, summer, and fall; subsequent chapters features kittens and cats napping; cats in action; the well-traveled cat; and the social cat (the pedigreed kitty that is able to communicate with other animals). An engaging and entertaining introduction describes the amazing activities of these beloved pets. Celebrating cats that are cuddly and adventurous, lounging on fire escapes or leaping across streams, cavorting with cows or nuzzling up to other furry friends, this appealing compendium provides a fresh, surprising portrait of cats and kittens.

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