Mahina Perrot, wildlife journalist and founder of WSW
Mahina is a French journalist with a passion for telling stories of conservation. At age 18, she headed to New Zealand to study and she graduated with a Bachelor of Communications Studies with a major in Journalism.
She then worked for several magazines In New Zealand before returning to Tahiti where she became a news reporter. In 2011, she got the opportunity to intern as a zookeeper at a wildlife sanctuary in Florida and wrote an article about the rehabilitation of bears in Canada. This made her want to pursue her passion even more, and in July 2013, she founded Wildlife Sanctuaries Worldwide. Since then, she has travelled to various wildlife projects and sanctuaries in America, Botswana, Costa Riva, Brazil and South Africa.
"I believe ethical sanctuaries where the people and animals can live in harmony are vital. And I think the founders of these places, as well as the volunteers who are helping out everywhere, giving their time for a cause, are the key to a sustainable future. I keep hoping that someday we will go back to living in harmony with nature", Mahina Perrot, WSW Founder.
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Janaina was born in São Paulo, Brazil, on 5th January 1977. Her passion for photography started while she was studying Design college at FAAP university, at the time still using film. In 2008, she decided to move to Botswana and start a new life involving work with wildlife conservation projects and again with photography. It all came together transforming her life into a real dream. Over time the more she understands about wildlife conservation challenges, the more she wanted to capture and share with people the beauty of nature and its diversity that still exist on this planet.
"Sadly wildlife is suffering and If we don’t care and protect, in a near future, they will be all part of a big zoo and not of a natural and untouched wild environment anymore. It is important to say that for me, as a conservationist and nature and wildlife photographer, one of the most important rules while photographing in the bush is to respect the animals, their habitats and their limits. Whatever comes to me naturally and unexpectedly Im grateful to be able to photograph. I believe this is perhaps the real and truly nature and wildlife photography, the natural synchronicity between you and the wild animals. I hope my work will inspire people to look at nature and wildlife with love and care!"
Janaina and I met in the lovely town of Maun, in Botswana. She and I decided to travel together and headed to Khama Rhino Sanctuary and Mokolodi Nature Reserve. In June 2014, Janaina travelled all the way to the Arctic to take photographs of Polar Bears. She is passionate about photography and wildlife and we are proud to have her onboard as a contributing photographer.
Check out Janaina's website: http://www.janainamatarazzo.com/photography.html
Jorge Cardenas, biologist
Jorge graduated in 2007 from San Diego State University with a major in biology and minor in chemistry. He has always been passionate about animals, living on Animal Planet and National Geographic channels while growing up. In 2008 he went to South Africa where he helped radio-collar animals and worked on reserve management.
He earned his Level 1 Field Guide Association of South Africa before coming back to the States where he worked as a video technician. In 2013, he headed to the Pantanal to see and photograph Jaguars and in January 2014 he spent two months in Chile tracking and studying Pumas. He is on a mission to see and study all of the big cats of the world and plans to go to Siberia in the near future to see Siberian Tigers.
Jorge and I met in the middle of the Brazilian Jungle where he was working as a guide and researching jaguars. He agreed to join WSW's team as a photographer and he also gives us precious advice when we visit sanctuaries/projects as to whether the enclosures are big enough, the animals' diets are appropriate etc.
Lovisa Cullheim, contributing journalist
Lovisa has a bachelor degree in journalism and has worked at a local newspaper in Stockholm, at SVT as a researcher, and as a web editor and reporter for a culture show. She has also worked as a translator from English to Swedish at a firm in Stockholm, has studied some literature and co-written a play! Last year, she decided to act on a childhood dream which was to study biology. Right now, she is on a sabbatical year and she felt like traveling and "doing something good hands on and seeing a new part of the world".
Lovisa has always loved nature and finds much happiness in being outside and in the company of animals. She wanted to know more about how to combine biology/nature/journalism and do something good for the environment in some way. So she contacted WSW and we got her on board!
Lovisa spent three months at Mark Johnson's wolf sanctuary in Guffey, Colorado, and is writing articles about the place and about those mysterious, magnificent animals. As soon as the articles have been published they will also be posted on WSW's website.
Jessica Bloye, contributing photographer
Jessica is a first year veterinary student from Lancashire, England. She travels as much as possible in her spare time and documents her journeys through photography.
On her gap year she spent ten months at Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where she formed close relationships with the chacma baboons and vervet monkeys.
This awakened a deep passion for rehabilitation and after she’s finished her degree she would love to carry on volunteering in rehabilitation centres around the world.
Jessica and I met at Riverside in 2014 and I was immediately impressed with her photography skills and talent, as well as her nurturing nature, and I am happy and proud that she was generous enough to allow Africa Geographic to use some of her amazing pictures to illustrate my article on the monkeys rehabilitation center. Thank you Jessica!