At the age of 81, Dr. Jane Goodall is an enduring symbol of hope to people around the world. She travels more than 300 days a year sharing her message, and on October 10 her stop was in San Francisco for the Wildlife Conservation Expo. Dr. Goodall joined WCN Conservation Partners and conservationist guest speakers to speak to a sold-out crowd of more than 1,300 attendees about the impact that even one person can make for wildlife. Dr. Goodall was joined by conservationists who work with a wide range of species, from elephants to pangolins.
The Expo was the culmination of a week of training, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. Conservationists gathered for WCN’s Expo Week workshops to learn about topics like the development of environmental education programs and how to monitor community conservation programs. They also engaged in discussion forums on camera traps, tracking devices, and other conservation issues that they face working in the field.
Some of WCN’s biggest supporters during Expo week were the more than 100 volunteers who gave their time. They cooked meals, managed sound systems and airport pickups, and staffed tables on Expo Day.
All of us at WCN ended the week feeling inspired and filled with the belief that everyone has the power to make a difference for wild animals. If you were able to join us, we hope that you share these sentiments.
If you couldn’t be at Expo, you will soon be able to view all of the day’s presentations at www.wildnet.org/expo2015