| Areas of Expertise
Biology and Science Communication
San Diego, California
| Favorite Quote
“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; we will understand only what we are taught.”
– Baba Dioum
| Job Title
Creator of Ms. Mallory Adventures- a virtual, wildlife education platform that encourages curiosity, adventure, and new ways of thinking though wildlife myth busting, worldly expeditions, and conservation collaborations.
B.S. Veterinary Science
Unlike other wildlife advocates, my upbringing did not embrace the beauty or wonder of our natural world. Hollywood blockbusters, old wives’ tales, and inherited fears distorted my early perception of the outdoors. It wasn’t until my young adult life, when the only job I could find was at the local reptile shop, that I decided to change my fears into fascination. Realizing that reptilian reputations weren’t the only ones I could be wrong about, I moved out of California the day after graduation and began a journey to become a wildlife vet. After interning at various animal sanctuaries, becoming a wildlife rehabilitator, and finishing my undergrad, I realized the road to animal medicine fulfilled me intellectually, but not spiritually (if that makes and sense). As much as I loved animal medicine (and still do), I needed something different. This turn in life led me to directing a private zoo, where I fell in love with animal behavior and educational outreach.. I had found my calling: create lifelong connections between people and wildlife. After my time at the zoo, I wanted to do more. . . and on a bigger scale. Now, through Ms. Mallory Adventures, I travel the globe filming scientists through leech infested jungles as they talk about jaguar conservation, collaborating with grassroots conservation groups on developing ways to spread their message, and connecting with communities to empower people to save their wildlife and wild spaces.
| Mallory at work, passing the torch of nature appreciation on to the next generation.
| If she could be an animal, other than a human…
| Challenges Experienced
Even after all these years of traveling, tv work, volunteering, and working with many forms of wildlife, I often have bouts of ‘imposter syndrome’- a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments. In today’s society-especially under the heavy influence of social media- we only see the AWESOMENESS in someone’s life, never their struggles. . .I would like to think many people go through this feeling of self-doubt, but are often ashamed to show it. The hardest challenge for me is to remember that just because the path I decided to take is different than many conservationists in the field I work in, doesn’t make it insignificant or have any less merit. I must remind myself that paths and people must be unique in order to fill in the cracks that others may have missed.
| Emotional Story
About 5 years ago, I returned to my roots and began volunteering with various programs that connected inner city students to nature. It is because of this volunteering opportunity that I realize how important interaction and mentorship is in the conservation field. Volunteering with our youth creates a connection that ignites a spark in both student and teacher. A spark that starts a new flame for one and reignites a withering torch in another.
| Conservation Tip
Always lead by example. Pick up trash even when it isn’t yours. Be polite and understanding when talking about reducing single plastic use. And don’t shun others for not knowing; there was a time when you once did not know the very thing you are teaching.
1. Don’t worry about how many followers you have. Worry about how many leaders you make.
2. Seek first to understand, then be understood One of the best traits I have learned in my travels is to listen before I speak. No one wants to be preached to; but most are willing to hear suggestions when their own thoughts have been heard first.
3. The greatest danger to this planet is thinking that someone else will save it. No effort is too small. Even the ocean is made up of tiny droplets of water.
| If You Could Be Any Animal, What Would You Be?
I love being a human; however, if I had to pick a non-human animal, then it would be a sea turtle or dolphin. Imagine the things they see!
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