Leo Keeler was born in Bisbee, Arizona. He completed his first solo overnight backpacking trip at the age of 9 and began studying wildlife through the live capture of ground squirrels.
Dorothy Keeler was raised in San Jose, California. Her parents tolerated the assortment of pets she cared for, including alligator lizards, horned toads, show horses, frogs, cats, turtles, fish, dogs, and a pet piranha named Fang.
They met in 1988, and found their business evolved from sharing similar goals. Their mission: to provide quality, affordable images that inspire, entertain, educate and provide encouragement to conserve and protect our world and its creatures.
Their work has been featured in a national ad campaign that was published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Newsweek, Life, Sports Illustrated, Field and Stream, TV Guide, People and Alaska Magazine, as well as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
They have served as wildlife consultants for several filmmakers in Denali National Park and been featured on "Men's Journal," produced for ESPN, "Living Dangerously," produced for BBC, and "Alaska - Walk on the Wild Side," produced for the Travel Channel.
The Keelers were leaders of the private, non-profit group Friends of McNeil River for 10 years, dedicated to protecting the world famous McNeil River brown bears. They were instrumental in establishing the 160,000 acre McNeil River State Game Refuge. In 1995 the Keelers were featured on CBS News' "Eye on America" with John Blackstone twice when they led a drive to thwart a bear hunt in the refuge by encouraging people to apply for a permit and stay home if their names were drawn. It worked. Six of the eight permits were awarded to people who had applied for a hunting permit to save a bear's life. The Keelers later led the effort that closed the refuge to brown bear hunting.