Our Story...

In October 2013, friends and family, including Julie Scardina, Julie Byford, and Heather Armentrout embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Julie Scardina worked with long time friend Chris Liebenberg and the team at Piper & Heath Travel to create a custom trip to Uganda and Kenya, two of Julie’s favorite countries and also the locations of some amazing conservation work. Being a board member of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, Julie had developed relationships with the founders of many groups saving species in Africa. While in these two beautiful countries we met with several of these incredible wildlife heroes. In Uganda, we met with Uganda Conservation Foundation and in Samburu, Kenya we had the opportunity to interact with the research teams from Save the Elephants and Ewaso Lions. We learned about the critical research they are conducting with  elephants and lions, and the equally important role the local communities play in conserving these incredible species.


For some of the travelers, this was their first exposure to what conservation is and means.  For Julie, Julie, and Heather, animals and the natural world have always been a passion, having dedicated our careers to caring for a variety of animals in a zoological setting and educating guests, school children and audiences to conservation concepts. While on safari, we decided we wanted to do more to ensure all the beautiful animals we were observing would be here for future generations.


Once back in the U.S. we contacted Piper & Heath Travel: Chris and Emily Liebenberg, and Mark Forman. Piper & Heath has a long history of giving back to African communities and conservation projects, so they were eager to join forces with Julie, Julie, and Heather to create Mission:Wildlife. Soon after Mission:Wildlife was created Anthony Armentrout and Deb Sandler were brought on board to round out the team.


Virtually every traveler who went with us on that original trip, and subsequent trips, all attend or support the efforts.  Mission: Wildlife is as much about creating awareness and enthusiasm for animals and conservation as it is about raising dollars!



Mission:Wildlife and Mission Brewery have partnered to raise funds for Australia relief efforts.

Mission:Wildlife and Mission Brewery are teaming up to raise much needed funds for Australian wildfire relief.  There will be beer, food, games and a raffle so come downtown for some fun while supporting a worthy and urgent cause.

We have two great food trucks joining us for the event, Tacos la Mezcla (@tacos_la_mezcla) and Dang Brother Pizza (@dangbrotherpizza).

A portion of each beer sold and 100% of the raffle sales will go to the Australian Wildfire Fund.  For more information about the fund or to donate directly please visit https://www.aussieark.org 

Mission Brewery: 1441 L St, San Diego, CA 92101       Saturday, January 25 from 3pm to 8pm

Art created by @bepydoll



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