Wildlife expo showcases leading conservationists

Wildlife Conservation Network makes its public debut Oct. 26 with its Wildlife Conservation Expo at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. The expo offers an unprecedented opportunity for the public to meet many of the world's leading conservationists.

Peter Matthiessen, noted author-naturalist and winner of the National Book Award, will be the keynote speaker. He will be introduced by actress and conservation advocate Isabella Rossellini.

WCN is the first conservation organization to focus on funding, supporting and developing the next generation of "conservation entrepreneurs" - independent, innovative conservationists who are creating and implementing new strategies for saving endangered wildlife and habitats.

The organization was founded earlier this year by Los Altos Hills resident Charles Knowles and Akiko Yamazaki. Knowles is a philanthropist with years of experience supporting and growing new conservation organizations. Yamazaki and her husband, Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang, are active supporters of a wide range of Bay Area educational and arts organizations.

For more information about the schedule of events, admission prices and directions to the Wildlife Conservation Expo, call (408) 354-4035 or logon to

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