Wildlife Conservation Fall Expo 2017

Photo Attribution: Susan McConnell

WCN will be hosting our annual Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo in October!

Our Wildlife Conservation Expos are unique opportunities for wildlife lovers to come together as a community and hear first hand from field based conservation heroes, who will travel from around the world to bring you stories of saving endangered species. We hope you can join us. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Are you a business or organization interested in sponsoring the Expo? Check here for more information

Dr. Jane Goodall will not be speaking at this year's Expo. However, she will be in San Francisco speaking at the Nourse Theater on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Click here for more information

WCN Partners
The list of speakers will be finalized as we get closer to the event but these are our terrific partners and guests in attendance

Painted Dog Conservation (PDC), Peter Blinston- Painted dogs are incredibly social creatures who used to range across Africa. Today there are less than 6,600 remaining. Painted Dog Conservation is headquartered in Zimbabwe where they work closely with locals to protect the dogs from the impacts of snare poaching and habitat destruction.

Andean Cat Alliance (AGA), Rocio Palacios and Rodrigo Villalobos- Andean cats are one of the most elusive felids in the world, living high in the Andes Mountains and Patagonia Steppe. The Andean Cat Alliance operates across the cat’s range to protect an endangered species that they may never see and the place it calls home.

Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB), Rebecca Klein- Botswana is a stronghold for cheetahs and Cheetah Conservation Botswana’s main task is improving community perceptions towards cheetahs and other carnivores. CCB works to create initiatives to meet community needs and to allow cheetahs to remain as a flagship species of the country.

Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Dr. Laurie Marker- Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the first and longest-running organization dedicated to saving cheetahs. Founded by Dr. Laurie Marker and based out of Namibia, the country with the most wild cheetahs, CCF employs a holistic approach that addresses the needs of both people and wildlife.

Proyecto Titi (PT), Rosamira Guillen- Cotton-top tamarins are one of the most endangered primates in the world, found only in northwestern Colombia. Many Colombians living near their forest home don’t know that these small monkeys are endangered. Proyecto Titi aims to change this by providing information about the cotton-top and providing employment opportunities for the locals to protect the forest and the monkeys.

Save the Elephants (STE), Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton- Save the Elephants—led by Dr. Iain Douglas Hamilton—serves as a long-term protector of elephants and their advocate on an international stage. As the poaching crisis has taken hold, STE has led the charge to save Africa’s elephants both in Kenya, where they are based, and across the world.

Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program (EWCP), Dr. Claudio Sillero- With less than 500 in existence, Ethiopian wolves are one of the rarest and most endagered canids in the world. The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program has played an instrumental role in helping the people of Ethiopia learn about and protect this special animal that only lives in their country.

Grevy’s Zebra Trust (GZT), Belinda Low Mackey- Grevy’s zebras can be distinguished from other zebra species by their charming, large round ears. Although they’re well suited for a dry environment, overgrazing by local pastoralists has seen their landscape destroyed. Grevy’s Zebra Trust engages local people to protect the remaining Grevy’s zebra and their habitat.

Okapi Conservation Project (OCP), Dr. John Lukas- Okapis are the last major mammal discovered in Africa, living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country known as much for its political strife as for its remarkable biodiversity. For the past 30 years, the Okapi Conservation Project has protected the okapi from the threats of poaching and habitat loss from slash and burn agriculture and illegal mining.

Global Penguin Society (GPS), Dr. Pablo Garcia Borboroglu- Most people only think of penguins as living in a frigid environment. In reality, they're found across a variety of climates throughout the Southern Hemisphere, from freezing Arctic cold to searing desert heat to the warmth of the tropics. Global Penguin Society promotes penguin conservation worldwide, implementing a united front for the protection of this charismatic flightless bird. 

Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA), Elena Bykova- The saiga is a relic of the Ice Age, an unusual antelope that is perfectly adapted to its life in the steppe and semi-arid desert of Central Asia and Russia. Today their population faces threats like illegal poaching for their horns, and devastating disease outbreaks that have wiped out their numbers by the thousands. The Saiga Conservation Alliance works across the saiga’s range to secure its future.

MarAlliance (MAR), Dr. Rachel Graham- Despite their intimidating reputations, sharks have more to fear from us than we do of them. Both sharks and rays are vulnerable to human induced threats like pollution, climate change, overfishing, and global demand for their meat and fins, which are contributing to severe declines in their populations. MarAlliance works to conserve sharks, rays, and other marine life throughout the Americas, Micronesia, and Cabo Verde, Africa.

Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation (SWCCF), Dr. Jim Sanderson- With 36 species of wild cats in the world, few people are familiar with their 22 smaller cousins. Small cats around the world are threatened by loss of habitat, prey, indiscriminate killing, and conflict with humans. Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation is leading the way in protecting small endangered cats around the world.

Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC), Dr. Rodney Jackson- The strikingly beautiful but endangered snow leopard remains one of the world’s most mysterious cats, living high in the mountains of Central Asia over an expansive twelve-country range. As people move into the snow leopard’s traditional habitat, conflicts can arise with pastoralists protecting their livestock or seeking to make a profit from their skins. Snow Leopard Conservancy engages local people to build harmony between people and the endangered snow leopard.

Spectacled Bear Conservation (SBC), Robyn Appleton- Spectacled bears are the only bear species found in South America, named for the markings around their eyes that give them the appearance of wearing glasses. This rare charismatic bear is highly endangered due to habitat fragmentation and conflicts with the local people. Spectacled Bear Conservation involves the local people in conservation and educates them about the importance of spectacled bears to the ecosystem.

Lion Conservation Panel featuring-
Ewaso Lions (EL), Dr. Shivani Bhalla- In the wilds of northern Kenya, people must live alongside predators, the biggest of which is the lion. With only 2,000 lions left in Kenya, this region serves as an important habitat for the big cats. Ewaso Lions use community outreach and education programs to engage local people in conservation and to give back to the community.

Niassa Lion Project (NLP), Dr. Colleen Begg- Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique is one of the last great wild places on Earth, as well as an important stronghold for African lions. Niassa Lion Project combines scientific rigor with passion, empathy, and sound management practices. For them, conservation is as much about people as it is about lions. 

Special Guest Speakers
The Ara ProjectDr. Sam Williams- Founded in 2009, the Ara Project is dedicated to the conservation of the two native macaw species of Costa Rica: the critically endangered Great-Green or Buffon's Macaw and the Scarlet Macaw. The Ara Project promotes macaw conservation, contributes to the scientific community, encourages the protection of tropical forests, and educates the public to assure the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), Dr. Julian Fennessy- In the past few decades, the world’s giraffe population has dropped by almost 40 percent, leaving less than 100,000 individuals. Many of their populations are decreasing or unstable due to habitat loss, poaching, and human population growth. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is the only NGO in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa.

OceanSwellDr. Asha De Vos- from OceanSwell is a world-renowned marine biologist and a TED Fellow known for her presentation, “Why You Should Care About Whale Poo”, which exceeded 1 million views. Her work with whales is focused on the “unusual population” of Northern Indian Ocean blue whales who choose to aggregate off southern Sri Lanka throughout the year, which is a high-risk area from passing ship traffic.

More updates will be available as we get closer to the event. Stay tuned to this page!


Saturday, October 14, 2017




Mission Bay Conference Center San Francisco, CA