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Wildlife Conservation Expo
Every year, WCN’s Wildlife Conservation Expos provide a unique opportunity to bring together wildlife’s most ardent supporters with some of the world’s leading conservationists to connect, share stories, and make life-long friendships. At Expo you can hear what it’s like to live and work in some of the most remote parts of the world and you can speak to conservationists directly to learn what you can do to help. Expos give you a chance to dive deeper into your love for wildlife, to learn what conservationists are doing to protect endangered animals, and become inspired to make a difference. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.
For more information and event updates, keep an eye on this page!
Expo Speakers and Event Details
Expo is full of interesting, inspirational presentations by conservationists from around the world. In between sessions, please walk around and talk with the conservationists and the dozens of exhibitors sharing information about their worthy wildlife-related causes. View the full Expo schedule below or click here to see all Expo details, including information about each speaker.
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Questions About Expo
In addition to our fantastic partners and guest speakers, the following organizations will be exhibiting at the Expo:
African People & Wildlife
African Wildlife Foundation
American Cetacean Society – SF Bay Chapter
American Wild Horse Campaign
Ape Action Africa
Australians for Animals Inc.
Bonobo Conservation Initiative
California Fish and Wildlife Service
California Wolf Center
Center for Biological Diversity
Defenders of Wildlife
Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee
Earth Island Institute
Feline Conservation Federation
Golden Gate Audubon Society, Inc.
Happy Hollow Foundation
International Bird Rescue
Kaminando Habitat Connectivity Initiative
Lemur Love, Inc.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Mesoamerican Rescue Center
Mountain Lion Foundation
NorCal Chapter of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Nsefu Wildlife Conservation Foundation
OliveSeed Foundation & Friends of Maasai Mara
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance
Red Panda Network
River Otter Ecology Project
Ruaha Carnivore Project
San Bruno Mountain Watch
San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research
San Francisco Zoo and Gardens
Save The Snakes
Strong Roots Congo
The Ara Project
The Carnivore Conservancy
The Marine Mammal Center
The Snares to Wares Initiative
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Wolf Refuge
Whale Sanctuary Project
Wildlife Conservation Society
Working Dogs for Conservation
World Wildlife Fund
Can I buy tickets at the door for the Expo?
Yes, unless we sell out. If we do, it will be explicitly stated on our website. We did sell out last year, so be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as they go on sale.
Is the Expo easy to find?
Is there parking at the Expo?
Yes! There are two large parking garages in the area. The Mission Bay Conference Center (Expo venue) has its own attached multilevel garage. Detailed information and parking structure maps for the Mission Bay Conference Center can be found here.
I don't see Jane Goodall on the schedule. Will she be in attendance this year?
No, Dr. Jane Goodall joins the Wildlife Conservation Expo biannually and will not be in attendance this year.
Will there be food at the Expo?
Yes, there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase all day inside Mission Bay Conference Center’s café until 4:00pm. A boxed lunch will be available for purchase for $15 at the event (vegan and vegetarian options available). Lunch will be available from 12:30-1:30pm. Please note that the café can get overwhelmed at peak meal hours.
Can I bring my kids?
Children are welcome at the Expo however the presentations are geared towards adults. Children over 8 years old may find some of the presentations interesting. Children must be supervised at all times.
What if I miss an Expo presentation?
All of the presentations will be available online here on our website after the Expo. You may see previous year’s presentations by clicking here.
Is my Expo ticket purchase a tax-deductible donation?
No, the Fair Market Value of the event is the face value of the ticket. However any donation made in excess of the ticket purchase price is fully tax-deductible. Wildlife Conservation Network is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 organization. Our tax ID number is #30-0108469.
Endangered Species Chocolate gives 10% of their net profits to current 10% GiveBack Partners, which includes WCN. Each is guaranteed a minimum annual donation of $10,000 and is free to use the funds on projects they deem most important. With over $1.3 million generated in the past three years alone, each chocolate purchase adds up to big support that helps wildlife thrive.
Gordon and Betty Moore established the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to create positive outcomes for future generations. In pursuit of that vision, we foster path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Sacramento Zoo leads with animal welfare, but their dedication doesn’t stop there. They are proud to inspire appreciation, understanding, and respect for all living things through stimulating educational opportunities, wholesome recreation, and compassionate and innovative animal care,
The Houston Zoo has over 6,000 permanent residents for whom they provide housing, meals, medical care, and even education! Each year over two million guests come to experience their incredible variety of animals and ecosystems as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Their dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the well being of residents and guests.
San Diego Zoo Global is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting their expertise in animal care and conservation science with their dedication to inspiring passion for nature.
Safari West was born in the late 1980’s when a man by the name of Peter Lang purchased 400 rolling acres in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. Relocating his small but growing collection of exotic wildlife, Peter quickly converted the former cattle ranch into a world class conservation breeding facility.
As Peter set to work establishing captive breeding programs for the varied and often critically endangered species in his collection he worked closely with local zoological facilities, including, of course, the San Francisco Zoo. It was there that he met lead curator, raptor-specialist, and his future wife, Nancy Lang. Combining their unique skill-sets, the pair set about turning this vast swath of oak woodland into the world class wildlife preserve it is today.
We are thankful for The Leiden Conservation Foundation’s continued support as a sponsor of Expo.
Disney is committed to ensuring a world where wildlife thrives and nature is treasured and protected by: Saving wildlife. Inspiring action. Protecting the planet. For more than 60 years, animals have been a part of Disney storytelling, and these stories continue today alongside immersive experiences that connect kids and families around the world with the magic of nature. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $70 million to save wildlife and protect the planet and inspired millions of people to take action for nature in their communities.