Welcome Party


October 9

6–7:30pm PDT

To kick off our biggest Expo to date, we are celebrating our esteemed heroes from the frontlines of saving endangered species. We’ll start by hearing a few words of welcome, followed by insider updates on what’s new at WCN. Then, we are bringing the conservationists right to your home this year with some unique and engaging greetings from all around the world! You’ll have a chance for conservationists, supporters, and WCN staff to mix and mingle, and you’ll have the opportunity to connect directly with the wildlife experts of your choice by stopping by their virtual booths.


The Welcome Party is usually reserved for our most generous supporters. This year we are making it available for those who wish to participate by making a $1,000 donation to saving wildlife and wild places. Welcome Party registration includes access to the Expo. Details for accessing the event will be sent upon registration. If you would like to RSVP to join us at the Welcome Party, please email Sophie Croen.

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Screening of "Birth of a Pride" by Dereck and Beverly Joubert


October 14

10am–12pm PDT

Encore: 6–8pm PDT

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to attend a special screening of a new film highlighting the story of an incredible pride of lions. This award winning documentary is from acclaimed filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, and wildlife conservationists, Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Please join us for a behind-the-scenes look, followed by an opportunity to connect with the filmmakers through a question and answer session!


Admission to the screening is included with your Expo ticket.

Watch the trailer here.


About the Filmmakers

Dereck and Beverly Joubert are award-winning filmmakers, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence and wildlife conservationists, who have been filming, researching and exploring in Africa for over 30 years. 


Their mission is the conservation and understanding of the large predators and other key wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa. They are the founders of the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, which currently funds 149 grants in 27 countries for the conservation of big cats.