The Santa Barbara Independent found itself in the Peruvian jungle recently, thanks to Montecito residents Katya Shirokow and three-time Emmy winner Rick Rosenthal, engaged couple and business partners who have traveled all over the world in the name of wildlife filmmaking. This time, the two — Shirokow is a producer and Rosenthal a filmmaker — were in Peru’s Manú National Park, filming tapirs and macaws for an upcoming television show. Their previous projects have taken them to Alaska, Costa Rica, and Hawai‘i, and they are headed to the South Pacific soon. But for all their travels, Shirokow said, nothing beats coming home to Santa Barbara. “I don’t know where else one can find more people happy and feeling lucky to live where they do,” she said.
Katya Shirokow and Rick Rosenthal