Introducing Jessica Mathews with Dancing Zebra Safari Co.
Dancing Zebra Safari Co.
4120 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 306-450, Granite Bay, 916-792-5934, dancingzebrasafari.com
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I started Dancing Zebra Safari Co.—an agency that plans boutique, luxury safaris in Tanzania and other parts of Eastern and Southern Africa—in 2016. A native Californian, I graduated from UC Santa Barbara and went straight to law school at the University of San Francisco. By the age of 26, I was a successful Nevada divorce attorney and running my own family law practice. Upon starting a family of my own, however, I paused my legal career and moved to Hawaii for my husband’s medical training. As our children grew, so did my perspective on life and career. Contemplating “life after children,” I boarded a plane for a wedding in Tanzania, not realizing the answer I sought would greet me on the other side. In discovering Serengeti National Park, I found my passion. With a lifelong affinity for animals and a thirst for exploration, I was deeply inspired and knew I’d spend the next season of life helping others experience the same indescribable magic. I spent the next two years researching wildlife safaris in Tanzania, hosting safari guides at my home in California, and preparing for what is now Dancing Zebra Safari Co. Today, I use the same attention to detail and business savvy used as an attorney, but instead of taking clients to trial, I take them to Tanzania.
How are you involved with the community?
My whole family volunteers at the SPCA.
What’s your favorite place to eat out locally?
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. They have unique dishes and are dog-friendly!
Where do you and your family go locally to have fun?
Miner’s Ravine Trail, Massage Envy, Beat the Room, and Studio Movie Grill.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Jumping off the deck into 10 ten feet of snow at my family's mountain house between Reno and Lake Tahoe.
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