Her love of animals and close encounters with them as a child led her to become a self-righteous vegan in high school. Laura studied Ethnobiology at Connecticut College, and began to seek a more hands-on approach to what she was reading about in her anthropology classes. In her spare time, she began studying bow building, ethnobotanical plant uses, and tracking. This eventually led to her scouring the local highways for roadkill to sustainably obtain skins for hide tanning.
Jeff Zausch: Surviving 40 days naked in the wilderness
About Laura Zerra | Expert Survivalist and Adventure Traveler
Naked and Afraid XL is one of those perfectly produced reality show treasures that will hook its claws into you the moment you start watching it — even if you come to it five years late. The first season debuted all the way back in , but thanks to Hulu, I was able to watch the whole first season in a breathless binge. And what might have actually happened to Honora behind-the-scenes. The original series pairs two strangers — a man and a woman — together in a remote location to see if they have what it takes to survive in the wild for 21 days with only a two or three survival tools. The contestants are totally buck naked when they are dropped in these extreme situations.
‘Naked and Afraid XL’: 5 Years Later and Honora’s Meltdown is a Show-Defining Event
When the crew drove Zausch to the drop point — blindfolded in the back of a pickup truck — he was already nervous. They find themselves stranded in a very remote equatorial jungle of Columbia. They have no food, no water, and no clothing.
Forrest Galante born March 31, is an American outdoor adventurer, television personality, and conservationist. He is the host of the television show Extinct or Alive on Animal Planet. Shortly after his birth in California ,  Galante and his family moved to Harare, Zimbabwe , where his mother ran a safari business. In , following the political uprising in Zimbabwe, which led to the invasion and burning of the family farm, Galante was forced to return to California. Galante's interest in wildlife and conservation continued into his adulthood.