Lora Beth James was born in Nashville, TN but spent the majority of her childhood in Fort Worth, TX where she developed a love of studying and caring for animals. At the age of 20, Lora Beth transferred from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN to the University of West Florida in Pensacola where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology. While in Florida, she has participated in numerous field collections for the university. Lora Beth intends to take her education further into graduate studies hoping to achieve a doctorate in aquatic veterinary medicine and hopes of also participating in global field research for conservation.
Outside of the classroom, Lora Beth enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, trail running, surfing, and fishing. She has also spent several summers as a Camp Counselor at Lylewood Christian Camp in western Tennessee. Lora Beth is thrilled to join the Animal Tales team so that she can pursue her passion of educating and inspiring others about the uniqueness, importance, and conservation of all animals.