Laura Zerra


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Though she had been exploring wild places since she could walk, Laura Zerra officially began her studies at Connecticut College in 2003, where  she studied ecology, zoology, botany, and ethnological uses of natural resources. Her real education was outside the classroom, where she began learning brain tanning, tracking, meat processing, and bow building under Manuel Lizarralde.

In 2005, she started teaching primitive survival skills at Great Hollow Wilderness School and began traveling around North America, practicing her skills and teaching along the way. Though focusing on primitive survival, Laura has also worked as a taxidermist, butcher, and farrier. In 2013, Laura was able to put her skills to the test, spending 21 days in full survival in Panama as a cast member of the Discovery show Naked and Afraid.

Laura currently resides in New Hampshire, and shares her love of adventure and all things outdoors guiding custom expeditions and teaching primitive survival skills through her business, Zerra Expeditions.