- Author, Sculptor, Scholar and Evolutionist-
John Wexo is best known and globally recognized for authoring and developing Zoobooks educational children’s books on wildlife and science. John had a life-long passion for educating children and answering their questions about the natural world. This passion led him to found Wildlife Education, Ltd. Publishing Company and The Knowledge Company to publish the Zoobooks. John wrote and designed sixty-two books in the Zoobooks series. Over 100 million Zoobooks have been distributed globally. The Zoobooks have been translated into all of the major languages of the world, including Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, German, Brazilian, Portuguese, and French.
In his work on the Zoobooks, John was mentored and inspired by his wife Dawn’s stepfather, Charles Robbins Schroeder, D.V.M. Dr. Schroeder was the Director Emeritus for the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park as well as the zoological consultant for all of the Zoobooks. John also admired Dawn’s father, E. Yale Dawson, Ph.D, a noted biologist, who died in 1966 while on an expedition in Egypt related to his position as curator of Cryptonic Botany at the National Museum of History, Smithsonian Institution.
Involvement in the arts began as a young man; John was the Managing Director of The Poet’s Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, where he wrote, directed, and produced many plays. During this time, John also wrote scripts for several nationally televised TV series, including the original Mission Impossible series.
John then became an experienced and sought-after marketing and advertising executive. He gained fourteen years of experience working on advertising and marketing campaigns at the national level. By the age of thirty-two, John was the National Copy Director and television advertising supervisor for George McGovern’s Presidential Campaign. He wrote copy and designed advertising for many other successful and innovative companies; Smithsonian, Time, LIFE, and Natural History Magazines, IBM, HBO, McGraw-Hill Educational Films, and CRM Textbooks for high schools and colleges.
By the time John was thirty-five years old, he had founded two national magazines – Fossil Magazine and ZooBooks. The passion for empowering the young minds with educational literature led him to found Wildlife Education, Ltd. Publishing Company and The Knowledge Company to publish books for children featuring animal education. In 2009 and 2010, John started Ancient Life Publishing and completed his final educational book for children, Where Did Dinosaurs Come From. He also completed Geological Times and the History of Life a geologic time chart for geologists and paleontologists.
John never stopped challenging, questioning, and researching. The John Bonnett Wexo Foundation has been established to honor his voice for wildlife education.
Dr. Charles R. Schroeder Director Emeritus