Cooper Sallade

About Cooper Sallade

For Cooper Sallade, what began as cherished visits to the river with his father turned into a lifelong love and appreciation for the James – especially the animals and many creatures who depend on it.

Cooper, who has spent most of his life caring for snakes and other reptiles, shares how the river has influenced his life both personally and professionally. He takes us on his ever-evolving journey with the James, from riverside walks to scuba diving for ancient treasures, and reveals the important lessons the river continues to teach him.

It’s Why We’re Here

Listen to Cooper’s full interview.


Here’s a fun (and adorable) fact: Cooper is actually dating Sophie Smith, one of our other storytellers!  Enjoy our video where they share how they met over a mutual love for the James, and how that connection continues today.