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Vladimir Dinets was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States as a young man. He has a PhD in zoology, with a focus on animal behavior. Vladimir has traveled and photographed extensively around the globe, becoming the first zoologist to find and photograph saola tracks in the wilds of Vietnam. He was also the first scientist to observe the bay cat in Borneo and woolly flying squirrel in the mountains of Pakistan.
In North America, he was the first modern-era scientist to discover the rare nocturnal mating dances of alligators in the Everglades. Vladimir has authored several field and travel guides in Russian, and two books in English: the acclaimed Dragon Songs and Peterson Field Guide to Finding Mammals in North America. He is a research assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, where he studies behavioral ecology and its applications to conservation.