From conservation scientist Tiffany Yap and artist Meital Smith comes a debut graphic novel sharing the intriguing story of a young puma in central California facing habitat loss, poison, dangerous roads, conflict with farm animals, and wildfire. Unique and multidimensional in its scope, Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma's Journey has much to inspire and teach us of a future of resilience, coexistence, and hope.
Tiffany Yap is a conservation scientist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering and has published studies in Science, EcoHealth, and other scientific journals. Her work has been featured in major news outlets, including The New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR.Meital Smith is an illustrator and artist from Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Design in 2021 and is currently pursuing an MAT at the Rhode Island School of Design. Meital's work has appeared in The Lily, and in 2021, she self-published her graphic novella Yesh Lanu Machaneh, which documents her community's experience at her beloved summer camp, Camp Miriam.