A intense lifelong interest in animals and nature led Rob Laidlaw to a career helping animals and the environment. Since 1984, as Executive Director of Zoocheck, a national wildlife protection charity he founded, Rob has been involved in a broad range of animal issues. His work has taken him from Canada’s north to tropical Asia and has included many successful campaigns to change wildlife protection policies and laws in a variety of jurisdictions.
Rob is a Chartered Biologist, a former humane society inspector, and a past Project Manager and Technical Advisor for the World Society for the Protection of Animals. He is also the author of four children’s books.
Rob’s first book, Wild Animals in Captivity, released in 2008, was a nominee for the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Silver Birch Award. On Parade, The Hidden World of Animals in Entertainment followed in 2010 and then No Shelter Here, Making the World A Kinder Place for Dogs, which was also nominated for a Silver Birch Award. His latest book, Saving Lives and Changing Hearts, Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers was released in 2013.
Rob’s recreational pursuits include cycling and other outdoor activities, both below, above and on the ground.