I began working for Hogle Zoo in 1989 and spent ten years designing, constructing and repairing animal exhibits. The administration and staff of Hogle Zoo supported me in my first trip to Africa and in my first African volunteer projects. To this day, they continue to support the work that has been developed in great part due to their support and encouragement. Members of the staff are not only supportive through their donations of time and funds, but they are also some of my best friends.
ACK would like to thank Erica Hermsen for her time and patience in data entry and completion of the 2007 – 2011 (through June 2011) conflict reports. Other volunteers and students have assisted us in entering the forms, but some questions were left blank by our scouts. Erica grilled the scouts for the information that was missing to determine where the questions were not applicable and where the owner/herder refused to answer questions. The scouts enjoyed telling Erica the stories about the farmers and their issues with the predators.
I am so grateful for the assistance of friends and family, especially as I travel across the country to network and fund-raise. This fundraising trip has also been the chance to catch up with many people that I have not seen in several years. Wendy and Guy Debbas graciously hosted my family, while we spent several days in central California. It was such a joy to spend time with my niece Brenda, great-niece Kenzie and Kenzie’s friend Allie “A”. Our visit with Dale and the staff/volunteers at Cat Haven was a highlight for my family after assisting with the fundraising in the previous week.