Dr. Jane Goodall To Speak At 4th Annual Wildlife Conservation Expo

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Dr. Jane Goodall is the keynote speaker in a stellar line-up of entrepreneurial conservationists at the Wildlife Conservation Expo in Los Altos Hills, CA taking place Oct. 8 and 9. Isabella Rossellini, a board member of the sponsoring Wildlife Conservation Network will also be on hand.

Dr. Jane Goodall is the keynote speaker in a stellar line-up of entrepreneurial conservationists at the Wildlife Conservation Expo in Los Altos Hills, CA taking place Oct. 8 and 9.

The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is a nonprofit organization focused on funding community-based wildlife conservationists. Dr. Goodall is the original model for what one individual hero can achieve. At this year's Expo 12 of the world's leading animal conservationists will give presentations about their conservation programs in Africa, Asia and South America. All of them show the same persistent dedication as Dr. Goodall for saving endangered animals. And all of them believe the only way to create a sustainable future for wildlife is to work in cooperation with the local communities to educate, employ and inspire local people to cherish and save their animal neighbors.

WCN board member, Isabella Rossellini will be on hand to support the conservationists. WCN conservation Partners are: Greg Rasmussen of Painted Dog Conservation, Lilian Villalba of Andean Cat Alliance, Rebecca Klein of Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Laurie Marker of Cheetah Conservation Fund, Claudio Sillero of Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program, Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants, and Rodney Jackson of Snow Leopard Conservancy. Additional special guests include Dr. Gay Reinartz, principle conservationist for the Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative and Dr. Laurence Frank of the Laikipia Predator Project in Kenya.

Each of the conservationists has incredible stories of passion and heroics. People are drawn to them because of their commitment and the lingering fantasy in all of us that "...maybe I should quit my job, move to some distant land and make a real difference in this world..."

Rodney Jackson of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, for example, spent four years in a tent in Nepal studying snow leopards, three weeks walking distance from the nearest road. The sides of the canyon were so steep that he only had two or three hours of direct sunlight a day. Upon trapping the first cat he was bitten and had to make the three week trek back out. He returned shortly afterwards for the remaining years.

Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants has crashed four planes in his pursuit of saving African elephants. He is world-renowned for blowing the whistle on the ivory trade in the 70's. Iain is currently using cutting edge technology to track elephants using a combination of GPS and cell-phone networks.

Greg Rassmussen, who works with African wild dogs, crashed his plane in Zimbabwe while tracking the animals. He shattered both legs and lay for two days on the ground before being found. Within six months he was back at work - nearly two inches shorter. And now the fuel and food shortages in Zimbabwe significantly challenge efforts to monitor and save African wild dogs.

In addition to informative presentations, the Expo will feature displays from local wildlife and animal welfare organizations. Wildlife art and gifts also will be on sale. Lunch and snacks will be available.

Admission to the entire event is $50 or $30 per day. All proceeds go to support WCN conservation Partners. Expo hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days. The venue, Foothill College is located at 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, California. For advance tickets and more information please go to http://www.wildnet.org/ or call (650) 949-3533.

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