Delia Owens is an American author, zoologist, and conservationist. She is best known for her novel Where the Crawdads Sing. She wrote about Africa in her memoirs Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. The couple were expelled from Botswana and are wanted for questioning in Zambia in relation to a murder investigation. Ownes has also worked as a roving editor for International Wildlife, lectured throughout North America, and participated in conservation efforts for the grizzly bear throughout the United States. In 2018, Delia debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, was released. It became one of the best-selling books of all time. It was adapted into a 2022 film of the same name.

Birth Name

Delia Owens




Author, Zoologist, Conservationist



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Delia Owens was born in 1949, in southern Georgia, the United States of America.


She’s currently 74 years old.

Sun Sign







Owens attended the University of Georgia where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology. Later on, she went on to receive a Ph.D. in animal behavior from the University of California, Davis.

Family Details

  • Father – Unknown
  • Mother – Unknown
  • Siblings – Unknown

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Delia Owens has dated –


  • Mark Owens  Owens met Mark Owens in a protozoology class at the University of Georgia when they were both graduate students studying biology. In 1973, they married. But after a long time married life Delia and Mark Owens are divorced.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 6 inches
  • In centimeters – 168 cm
  • In meters – 1.68 m


  • In Kilograms – 60 kg
  • In Pounds – 132 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-28-36
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 28 inches
  • Hip – 36 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Salt and Paper

Shoe Size

She wears a size 8.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Delia became known as a creator and Zoologist. Her presentation novel Where the Crawdads Sing beat The New York Times Fiction Best Seller of 2019. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology and International Wildlife, among many others.

Professional Career

In 1974, Delia moved to Africa , travelling for some time before making camp in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana. Cry of the Kalahari was written about the couple’s experience there. After they campaigned against the local cattle industry, Botswanan government officials expelled them from the country.

In the early 1990s, The Owenses then settled in North Luangwa National Park, Zambia, and later in Mpika, Zambia. Cry of the Kalahari and her two other non-fictional bestselling books, The Eye of the Elephant and Secrets of the Savanna, all concern the couple’s research and conservation work.

Owens is the co-founder of the Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She has also worked as a roving editor for International Wildlife, lectured throughout North America and participated in conservation efforts for the grizzly bear throughout the United States.

She released her debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, in 2018, which topped The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2020 for 32 non-consecutive weeks and was on the list for 135 weeks in total. It also gave rise to a successful feature film. In 2022, Reese Witherspoon acquired movie rights for her production company to bring the novel to the screen.

Delia Owens Net worth

Delia Owens has an estimated net worth of $2 million dollars as of 2023.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Delia Owens

  • Owens was born and raised in Southern Georgia, where she spent most of her life in or near true wilderness.
  • During her childhood, her family members encouraged her to explore deep into the oak forests and spend the majority of her time near true wilderness.
  • She and her then husband, Mark, were biology students at the University of Georgia. The couple moved to Africa travelling for some time before making camp in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana.
  • After the divorce from her husband, For many years, Delia lived in Boundary County, Idaho which is twenty miles from Canada. However in 2019–2020, she moved to a former horse farm near Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Owens’ former husband, Mark, has been accused of operating a “shoot to kill” policy against poachers while the couple were living in Zambia.
  • In 1996, ABC News aired a report entitled Deadly Game: The Mark and Delia Owens Story. The report featured the killing of a poacher in Zambia, allegedly committed by Delia’s stepson, Christopher.
  • Asides from this, she was the co-founder of the Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
  • She is the recipient of Rolex Award for Enterprise for Kalahari Research Project (1981), Outstanding Alumnus Award (1993) and Ridder of the Golden Ark, Netherlands (1994).
  • Owens currently lives in Idaho, where she continues her support for the people and wildlife of Zambia. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING is her first novel.


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