The Keynote Speaker at the “Wild About Conservation!” event will be Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, a world-renowned scientist, explorer and the founder of PBS’ Nature television program, winner of the 2012 Blue Planet Prize and creator of the debt-for-nature swap. Dr. Lovejoy will present The Land of Gold and Cinnamon: Odyssey of the Amazon, a talk about the 500 year history of the legendary Amazon rainforest, its place among the great forests of the Americas, the challenges facing these habitats and the solutions presented by conservation initiatives like the inspiring Children's Eternal Rainforest.
Dr. Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and a Time Magazine “Hero of the Planet”, will also provide a brief introduction for Dr. Lovejoy at the start of the presentation. Both gentlemen are on the Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest (FCER) Board of Directors.
Guests will enjoy light refreshments and cocktails beforehand, and desserts and coffee after the presentation by these two world-renowned biologists. Attendees at the “Wild About Conservation!” event can help protect this special rainforest by placing a bid on the fabulous silent auction items or by pledging financial support for the organization’s education and conservation programming.
General admission to the “Wild About Conservation!” Annual Awareness & Fundraising Forum is FREE and open to the public. VIP tickets are available for $50 each, and include a private cocktail reception with Dr. Lovejoy, FCER Executive Director Laurie Waller and Dr. Raven.