Wildtrax Explorations aims to create the empathy for wildlife and people that is essential for the successful conservation of natural and cultural resources.
We envision future generations that are familiar with the challenges and nuances of conserving natural resources and cultures. Your experiences with us will build perspectives that allow you to create interdisciplinary solutions for developing a sustainable society. Our programs will inspire you to take action in making a difference within yourself and your surroundings through learning and experiencing the complex interactions between humans and our environment.
We use experiential and active learning to train students about wildlife ecology and management. Our programs use hands-on activities that enable you to apply your classroom training in real-world situations. On our courses, you will develop a toolkit that prepares you to develop your research goals or join existing conservation initiatives. We want to produce active and innovative individuals who go on to have successful contributions to wildlife conservation.
Wildtrax Explorations was founded by Jordana Meyer, an American farm girl and conservation ecologist who wanted a way to share her passion for wildlife conservation, community upliftment, and adventure with others. Jordana was introduced to South Africa while working as a wildlife biologist, specializing in behavioral endocrinology, focusing on the reproductive success and management of African elephants and black rhino. She has spent a decade living in Southern Africa for her research and starting other programs focusing on conservation education in local schools. She is currently working on her PhD at Stanford University, to incorporate genomic methodologies into her toolkit for conservation efforts throughout Africa. Jordana has always believed that showing people what is possible through experiential learning, instead of telling, which can change lives and the health of our planet , and she was happy to start Wildtrax Explorations with Dhaval as one way to further that aim. Jordana is excited to personally design a transformative experience for you!
Dhaval and Jordana have been talking about conservation projects and laying pipe-dreams since working together in graduate school ages ago. Dhaval has now joined Jordana as a co-founder of Wildtrax Explorations and is making those dreams a reality. As a city dweller, Dhaval consumed large amounts of wildlife documentaries that developed into dedication for studying animals. A young Dhaval knew that the African continent would play a role in his adult life. He made his dream a reality when he lived in Tanzania as an undergraduate student on a study abroad program. Thereafter, he has visited Tanzania on numerous occasions that include living in the bush studying elephants. Dhaval is fluent in Kiswahili and has had several cultural experiences that changed his life. He has worn many hats since graduating with degrees in Animal Behavior, Biology, and Ecology. Zookeeper, ecologist, and biologist are roles that Dhaval has played, but his heart remains in wildlife conservation. His hair is grayer, but this city-slicker turned “bushman” still has the enthusiasm for sharing his love of wildlife with you!