Sandy Masuo is the associate editor in the Publications Division of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, a post she took in 2003. Prior to that she was a music critic and freelance journalist. Among the many publications that have featured her writing are the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Rolling Stone. She earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and later completed her master’s degree in education from Harvard. She lives in Burbank with her cats Vlad and Rudy, plus a burgeoning collection of succulents.