In October, Rebecca was busy fundraising in the USA once again. The trip started off with a visit to Safari West in Northern California, here CCB gave a talk to Spring Creek Elementary School who are busy raising funds for cheetah conservation through their Coins for Cats Initiative. Then it was off the annual Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) Expo. As a WCN partner, this event is key to CCB’s fundraising success every year. WCN does a wonderful job of bringing effective conservationists from around the world together and giving them the opportunity to showcase their work to an interested donor community. The week incorporates workshops for the conservationists and an exciting schedule of events including a public Expo at Mission Bay conference centre in San Francisco, dinners, cocktail and garden parties, all designed to give potential supporters the opportunity to learn more about the work of conservation. The events were supported by conservationist and celebrity Edward Norton, who is now the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity. Overall, it was a successful Expo week thanks to the wonderful WCN staff, volunteers and all the supporters. Rebecca then attended an event at the Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery, in La Jolla, Southern California, kindly organised by Jackie Navarro and her wonderful team from Zoofari Inc. The following day was off to San Diego Zoo for meetings and a great tour of their facilities. Lastly a visit to Cathryn Hilker and her great cheetah team at Cincinnati Zoo was a perfect place to finish off another successful visit to the USA to raise funds for cheetahs. Thankyou to everyone who made the visit such a great success!
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