Jessica is the owner of WANT Expeditions, and has been to almost 80 countries leading expeditions all over the world. She holds
a B.S. in natural resource management from Michigan State University. Dedicated to conservation, she has worked extensively
with The Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society. In winter of 2006, she completed
a study in Antarctica on climate change and shortly thereafter, she was one of fifty women chosen from the US and Mexico
by the National Wildlife Federation to participate in the 'Women's Leadership and International Sustainable Development'
conference in Washington DC. In addition to leading expeditions, Jessica is also a travel writer, nature photographer
and holds a research position at the
National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian, she is also currently working to complete a M.S. in environmental sciences
and public policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Nature conservation expert and environmental management consultant. Ferenc has been working in
over 30 countries throughout Africa, Asia and in Eastern Europe. He led missions for the World
Wildlife Fund, coordinated national park management plans for several governments and drafter
proposals for grassroot organizations. He has special interest in freshwater river systems and
managed transboundary wetland restoration project in the Danube basin. Recently he has been
involved in local renewable energy solutions and forest carbon research. Ferenc gained
experiences in managing complex logistics in one of the most remote areas in the world: no
matter if it is about a birdwatching tour in Indonesia, horse-riding in Mongolia or a deep dive
in The Philippines, he will be confident guide as these countries were home for him over three
Kara has always had two major passions - for travel and for the biology of the natural world. While
growing up in Alaska she first became interested in wildlife when bears and moose constantly visited the
woods next to her house. With a B.S. and M.S. degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University,
Kara's research experiences range from studying whales in the Bering Sea, eiders on the Arctic coast,
river otters in central Europe, and raptors in central Alaska, to mouflon sheep in Eastern Europe. She
worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as well as the National Park Service, and some private
organizations such as the Alaska Bird Observatory. More recently she has switched her focus to the nature
travel industry, and has worked extensively in the ecotourism industry traveling to over 50 countries,
and working as expedition leader and lecturer on board passenger ships in the Arctic, Alaska, British
Columbia, Eastern Russia, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic, South America and the
South Pacific, Antarctica and even the North Pole itself. Since her first trip to Antarctica in 1994 her
focus has been primarily for the polar regions, and she enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of these
regions with others.
Sharon is undoubtedly one of the top wildlife artists today in the United States, and her work has been featured
regularly by the U.S. National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service among others.
In addition to a degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University, Sharon has a diversified
background with skills ranging from wildlife biologist, naturalist, photographer, writer,
painter and river guide. In an effort to combine her interest in art and natural science, Schafer opened
Skydance Studio in 1998. The studio is dedicated to the creation of
fine art images that promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the natural world.
Schafer is a signature member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists. Her paintings and photographs have
been displayed in museums across the country. Schafer’s sense of adventure and curiosity about the natural
world has led her to the ends of the earth, where she has worked extensively as an artist, photographer, and
videographer, including the Polar regions. With her incredible eye for art, Sharon adds a deeper context too
all tours she leads.
Over the last 20 years, Hajnalka's life and work experience was closely linked to conserving both the natural
and cultural heritage of the Middle East. In Egypt, she ran eco-resort operations for divers and marine biology
students, acted as an independent diving instructor, trained volunteers in coral reef monitoring techniques while
leading regular coral reef surveys and Crown-of-thorns monitoring programs. In Jordan, she worked as an independent
marine and communication consultant for the IUCN and for the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. In Yemen,
she acted as an expert at Socotra Conservation and Development Project, Yemen responsible for scuba dive training
of the project's Marine Team and the protected areas' staff, she was a member of the marine monitoring team visiting
the Abdel Kuri, Semha and Dersa islands. Since she is fluent in Arabic, Hajnalka is leading the majority of the
Middle East destinations at WANT Expeditions. She knows and understands not only the natural beauties and wildlife
of these countries, but their culture and their complex traditions, so you can be sure that under her leadership,
you will get the best out of the Middle East.
Living in the Pacific northwest of British Columbia, Canada, Jill has grown up with nature and adventure in her
backyard. While completing an undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Victoria (UVic), Jill worked
as a marine guide with resident Orca populations in the coastal waters of southern Vancouver Island. Drawn by the
poles, she spent 5 years after her first degree leading and lecturing on expedition trips in the Antarctic Peninsula
region and in the Arctic. She returned to university in 2009 to complete a MSc in Geography at UVic. This research
focused on studying glacial expansion and climate change in the central Coast Mountains of BC. Addicted to backcountry
field research and education Jill is now pursuing a PhD in wildfire science. Keystones in her character, Jill thrives
on adventure, passion and education. It is her privilege to remain involved and engaged in the industry of wildlife
and nature travel. Jill brings great leadership and project management skills to the position of tour leader alongside
an attitude of passion, adventure and fun!
Shortly after completed M.S. degree in economical and agricultural sciences, Rita decided to let her love of nature
and travelling rule her life. Combining passions, she has visited some of the most undeveloped and remote parts of
the world. Over the years she has been an eco-lodge manager and nature guide in the rainforests of Costa Rica, managed
safari camps in Kenya and Kwando camps in Botswana, and a beach resort in Fiji Islands. For several years, Rita also
directed the Hotel Department on an 1A Category ice-breaker cruising from Antarctica to the Arctic. After taking
some time out from work to raise a family in Hungary, she has now decided to venture back into the work force and
share her vast experience with others wants to enjoy adventure and wildlife and we’re excited to have her part of
Steni is a veteran of the travel industry and has been enjoying leading guests around the world since 1972. More than just a 'guide,'
Steni possesses an amazing world history knowledge and traveling with him is like having your own personal talking Encyclopedia Britannica.
He is fluent in English, Spanish, German, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic and has a working knowledge of Italian and Portuguese. Over the years
he has lived and worked in various countries such as China, Bolivia, Brasil, Argentina, Spain, Italy, the Balkans, most West European countries,
Guinea-Bissau, and Greenland. Steni possess a M.A. degree in international politics from Univeristy of Salforf, UK and a Candidatus magisterii
from Univ. of Oslo, Norway. In addition, Steni also holds a teaching degree from University of Iceland, and you can imagine from his oral
ability to bring history to life, his classes were guaranteed to be packed with students every semester!
To say that Eryka lives and breathes adventure would be an understatement of infinite proportions.
As a NOLS graduate, she has spent almost three months in the wilds of Alaska honing her expedition skills.
Her experience is vast, and she has guided over 60 expeditions on Mt Rainer, and has led numerous trips
mountaineering in the Cascades on Mt Hood, Rainier, Baker and Schuksan. Most excitingly, Eryka was the
expedition safety and travel leader for the Greenland "Meltzone 2011" project. Eryka has also completed
a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician course, and holds a current EMT Basic certification.