Letitia Farris Toussaint


Letitia Farris Toussaint is the author of books on natural history and conservation, including Gorillas: the Gentle Giants featuring the outstanding photography of Martin Harvey, selected as partner book to UNESCO's Year of the Gorilla in 2009. She grew up Tish Farris, racing newts and catching record Green Sunfish in San Diego. At 22, she followed an experimental film-maker and soon to be husband home to Paris, where she subsequently studied primate behavior under the lemur research pioneer Jean-Jacques Petter. Her early missions focused on research and conservation, including running a sea turtle conservation campaign in the Amerindian village of Yalimapo in French Guiana for the French Chapter of the WWF under renowned sea turtle specialist Jacques Fretey. Over the course of several years her activities turned increasingly to popular science, from a stint at the French Science & Nature magazine and as celebrity explorer scout for the Jules Verne Film Festival, to blindly embarking on one of France's first comprehensive nature and natural lifestyle websites in the run-up to the dot-com bubble burst.

From 2002 to 2007 she consulted exclusively for an international relations/​communications firm that works with CEOs and Executive management of France-based multinationals on issues of climate change, sustainable development and energy, giving her an inside view of corporate environmental efforts. In the fall of 2007 she left to develop Nature Communication, her own editorial and communication consultancy aimed at helping French organizations communicate more effectively outside France (working, for instance, with the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle for whom she translates major exhibitions), and to pursue historical research on the subject of her next book, this time a work of narrative non-fiction about a bird painter during the French Revolution...

Selected Works

Natural History, Conservation
“A stunning hard-back book, with amazing photography and fascinating text.”
–UN Year of the Gorilla website
An attractive boxed book featuring the world’s top 25 biodiversity conservation priorities. French only.
Natural History, Travel
“The best general field guides to the primates are On the Trail of Monkeys and Apes and... ”
–Audubon Magazine