Higher Calling Wild Wishes Expeditions

Wild Wishes® grants wildlife encounters to children with a critical illness or loss of a parent or sibling.

Part of the outreach of Chester and Lisa Moore’s nonprofit Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center® outreach, the 100th child received a life-changing wildlife encounter in Sept. 2019.

Chester and Lisa Moore in Colorado scouting for location for Higher Calling Wild Wishes Expeditions.

Higher Calling Wild Wishes Expeditions goes to a new level by taking teens from the program on expeditions to teach wildlife conservation through mentorship in wildlife photography, social media awareness raising and fundraising skills.

“We noticed that many of the young people we work with who face these great challenges are looking for a way to help and give back. We are creating these opportunities to give young people an avenue to not only understand conservation but a way to get involved,” said Chester Moore.

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Reannah fits a radio collar on a desert bighorn sheep at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area courtesy of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Two pilot projects initiated the program in 2019.

Wild Wishes girl Reannah changed her degree and school (now a Texas Tech student) to work with conservation after her wish encounter as a high school senior in 2018.

In December 2019 she got to participate in a desert bighorn sheep capture and translocation at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area courtesy of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

“It was an incredible experience!,” Reannah said.

“It give me even more inspiration to pursue a career in working in wildlife conservation.”

Wild Wishes boys Amos and Jaxon got to take part in a special catch-and-release conservation mission for Guadalupe bass in west-central Texas. The trip was featured in Texas Fish & Game magazine and the boys learned how using the photos they took on the trip could raise awareness to problems facing stream fisheries.

Jaxon was excited to catch his first-ever Guadalupe bass.

Special challenges usually disqualify young people for experiences like this. We are creating special opportunities for them only.

In 2020 we are doing our first expeditions into Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park as well as our second annual Guadalupe bass trip.

Can you help sponsor one of these trips? Any size donation is appreciated.

You can make tax-deductible donations for this program here.

For more information email chester@chestermoore.com.

About Our Founders And Their Conservation Work

Lisa taught in public schools for 19 years and worked directly with fisheries and water conservation through the high school bass fishing team she founded at Deweyville High School.

Chester has worked as a wildlife journalist since he was 19  and besides winning more than 100 awards for writing, photography and radio has also been honored for his work with conservation.

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Chester Moore releasing a banded bluewing teal while working on a story with the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 2017, he won the Mossy Oak Outdoors Legacy Award for his work through Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center® and in working with school children on wildlife issues since 1995.

Chester Moore accepting the Mossy Oak Outdoors Legacy Award at the Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association banquet in 2017.

In 2014 he won the Texas Soil & Conservation District’s “Conservationist of the Year” award. Previously he was named “Conservation Communicator of the Year” and “Youth Conservationist of the Year” by the Sportsman’s Conservationist of Texas.

He was also named a “Hero of Conservation” by Field & Stream as part of the legendary magazine’s annual honoring of those who help wildlife and fisheries conservation happen across the nation.

Wildlife conservation awareness is part of all Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center® events and encounters.

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