Andrew Jones is a seasoned researcher with a long-standing involvement in Noah’s Ark studies, a journey that began in his teenage years during the early 1990s. His passion for the subject led him to his first visit to the Durupinar Noah’s Ark site in 1997 while he was still a college student. The expedition proved to be transformative, sparking a deep affection for both the region and its people. Originally hailing from California, Jones has now made Doğubayazıt, Ağrı Province, his home, further exemplifying his commitment to the study of the region. His extensive visits and immersive experiences in the area have equipped him with a rich understanding of the local culture and the Durupinar site, making him an invaluable asset to the ongoing research. His work continues to provide fresh perspectives and insights, driving the research forward in this captivating field of study.
Zafer Onay is a well-established professional based in Doğubayazıt, Ağrı Province, with an extensive history in the regional tourism industry having lived in the area for over 40+ years. His diverse experience spans various roles, including tour guide, translator, driver, and a crucial liaison to the government for the Noah’s Ark project. In addition to these roles, he is an accomplished entrepreneur, operating several successful businesses in the area. His profound understanding of the local history and customs, coupled with an extensive network of regional connections, has been instrumental in providing invaluable support to the Noah’s Ark research. His multifaceted expertise and intimate knowledge of the region have solidified his reputation as a critical asset in this intriguing field of research.