Hi, I’m Julia Salnicki – Africa & Polar Specialist, Zoologist

I'll never stop exploring! I am fortunate to have already experienced South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Morocco, Argentina, the Galapagos, the Amazon, Falkland Islands, South Georgia Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula.

Julia Salnicki

My Story

Being a Zoologist I have spent years in the bush studying the Painted Hunting Dog, Spotted Hyaena (which I did my Masters thesis on) and African Elephant so each time I travel it has to have a real behind the scenes and conservation focus. Living in Africa for more than 18 years I never tire of the excitement of going on a game drive or walk, just not knowing what is around the corner gets my heart racing. I think I went to heaven when I sailed around the Galapagos and was over excited to hike and kayak in Antarctica and see the unique wildlife the white continent is so known for.


  • Born
    Terra Australis
  • Destination Speciality
    Wherever animals are found
  • Favourite Animal
    Has to be the spotted hyaena.
  • My Greatest Travel Tip
    Always travel for longer than you think you should.
  • Favourite Places
    Hiking Chimps at Mahales Mountains, snorkelling with turtles Galapagos and sitting alone at Makwa Pan in Hwange NP, Zimbabwe
  • Year joined the Team
    Started back in 1992 but have disappeared back to work in Africa a few times.
  • I Never Travel Without
    A sense of adventure and my bird book.
  • Craziest Experience Abroad'
    Chasing an ele out of my research house garden in Hwange NP at night whilst wearing pink PJs.
  • Greatest Accomplishment
    Obtaining my Masters and hiking up to see Gorillas.

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