Raw Wildlife's small-group, Signature Encounter tours are lead by qualified wildlife professionals who will take you along roads less well-travelled and deliver you a truly incredible learning experience centred on the unique wildlife.
Raw Wildlife Encounters (RAW) founder and CEO, Jessica McKelson developed her leading edge eco-tourism model from spending six months in Sumatra, Indonesia after becoming the youngest Australian to be awarded the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) Fellowship in 2006, awarded by the Pratt Foundation. During these six month, Jessica was able to study and evaluate conservation programs, as well as work closely with leading conservationists.
Carly has over 15 years experience working with animals. From beginning as a vet nurse then working as Lead Senior Keeper of Primates at Auckland Zoo. Carly is hugely passionate about the welfare and conservation of all species and has worked the last 8 years with both zoo-born orangutans, rescued orangutans in Sumatra and is now heavily involved with conservation efforts.
Christie has been in the animal industry for 15 years, starting with small companion animals at the Lost Dogs Home in Victoria and then her own pet care services business. Christie opens her heart to help any stray that comes her way. A life-changing trip to North Sumatra to see orangutans now fuels her determination to help protect them and their habitat and see them return to the wild.
Jenna Hollamby has been working within Adelaide zoo with native and exotic birds, reptiles, invertebrate and mammals for the last 7 years, as well as a year working on Hamilton Island working with native fauna.
Jenna has travelled to Indonesia twice in the last two years to volunteer within an orangutan Quarantine Station with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). Having a big interest in primates, Jenna first volunteer trip to Sumatra in 2015 was life changing and since then she has been involved in the Earth 4 Orangutan volunteer group..
Lucy Catt is a Zoo Keeper at Adelaide Zoo working predominantly with bears and primates. Lucy has been working in the zoo industry for the past 8 years and has a background in ecology and evolutionary biology. She has a passion for travel and adventure, and a love of Asian culture, food, and wildlife.
Paul enjoys adventure travel and loves the more challenging treks! Working for Zoos South Australia highlighted the devastation of South East Asian habitat. This has led Paul to become active in various environmental organisations and advocate positive actions to prevent further damage. He is also a life member of Free the Bears and RSPCA, amongst others.
Looking after Sumatran Tigers within New Zealand zoos, inspired Vanessa to learn more about Sumatra and all the animals that live there. With over 12 years experience working with exotic cats, she now wants to take you to Sumatra to experience the rainforest home of these amazing animals!