Women for Wildlife joins women explorers, enthusiasts and leaders to bring awareness to national and international wildlife projects. These journeys create a sacred space for women who deeply care about wildlife, love to adventure and really want to make a difference. Crew members have the opportunity to connect with women-led conservation initiatives world-wide and directly contribute to wildlife projects through collaborative efforts, shared knowledge, workshops (including photography/business/leadership) and education programs.
Transformative experiences, locally and globally, are one of the most effective ways to empower and ignite a new sense of purpose. Through connecting with nature and wilderness, and giving back to inspiring conservation initiatives, together we discover new ways to share our stories, shine our lights and change the world.
Stay tuned for upcoming 2019/2020 Expeditions + Workshops + Retreats
COMMUNITY | WILDLIFE | FRIENDSHIPS | ADVENTURE| INSPIRATION | CONNECTION | NATURE | ART | MINDFULNESS
Rise of the Matriarch Expedition: 50 days | 11,000km | 4 Countries in Africa
WILDLIFE CO-EXISTANCE AWARENESS | WOMEN EMPOWERMENT | YOUTH CONSERVATION EDUCATION | FUNDRAISING
Women for Wildlife united with Blue Sky Society Trust to embark on an epic all-female wildlife conservation expedition:
Journey with Purpose: Rise of the Matriarch
Our international female expedition team spent 50 days traversing 11,000km of rugged terrain across 4 countries in Africa: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The purpose of our journey was to raise awareness about the plight of wildlife and poaching across Africa. Our goal was to support and empower conservation leaders and initiatives, local communities and youth at a grassroots level.
Our efforts helped strengthen and unite women and girls in conservation and helped us better understand human-wildlife conflict and coexistence.
What did we do in Africa?
Visit with numerous conservation initiatives, anti-poaching groups, and wildlife protectors.
Support key projects paving the way to save and protect the last of these species.
Empower women and girls in conservation across Africa.
Distribute 30,000 educational booklets to schools and communities.
Share and exchange ideas about how to minimize conflict so that people and animals can live in harmony.
Capture stories, images and videos to be used for awareness projects through video, documentaries, media and online platforms.
Raise and donate funds to benefit:
Elephants Alive (South Africa)
Rare and Endangered Species Trust (Namibia)
Eco-Exist Project (Botswana)
Soft Foot Alliance Trust (Zimbabwe)
A journey of this nature and magnitude could not have happened without tremendous support and generosity.
Thank you for your kind contributions that helped us cover key expedition costs including: Logistics, flights, fuel, vehicles, gear, visas, permits, media, insurance, film production, education materials, marketing, funding support to projects and so much more.
To help us make future dreams like this come true...please donate!
Check out our journey!
Sail from Virgin Islands to Turks & Caicos 2015
PLASTIC POLLUTION AWARENESS | EDUCATION | YOUTH LEADERSHIP | MEDIA
Turks and Caicos Expedition
Youth Leader and Scientist
Educator Tonia Lovejoy
Youth Leader Olivia Ries
Youth Education Program
Scientist Bonnie Monteleone
Bucket 'o seaweed
Seaweed sample, plastic research
Media Specialist Jessica Lee
Sorting through seaweed sample
Educator Shannon Hagen
Sunset over the Caribbean
Research Assistant Tricia Monteleone
Beautiful Nation: Sail from Virgin Islands to Turks & Caicos
The Beautiful Nation Project connects classrooms around the world with educators, scientists, artists and explorers on global expeditions to help teach core science, math and social studies curriculum in a fun and meaningful way.
With the adventure sailing crew from Pangea Expeditions, the voyage traveled from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Pico Duarte in the Dominican Republic and onward to the islands of the Turks and Caicos to explore its beautiful coral reefs. Throughout the crossing, the all-woman expedition team collected plastic pollution samples and embarked upon many wildlife excursions: humpback whale watching, snorkeling coral reefs and hiking through island jungles and coasts.
Aboard the ship were scientist Bonnie Montelone of the Plastic Ocean Project, educator Tonia Lovejoy from Beautiful Nation Project, wildlife biologist Jennifer Palmer of Women for Wildlife, and youth leader Olivia Ries from One More Generation.
On each leg of the voyage, adventurers created and curated digital media stories about conservation, wildlife and education. Themes of the expedition included sustainable global tourism, global citizenship, and how educators work to cultivate curiosity, respect and empathy in the classroom using modern communication tools. The crew visited more than six local schools throughout Turks and Caicos and taught students about plastic pollution and wildlife conservation.