In 2012 Chester and Lisa Moore founded the Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center® with the mission of bringing the redeeming love of Christ to hurting children through wildlife encounters.
With more than 50 species of animals they work exclusively with children dealing with abuse, neglect, abandonment, depression and critical illness. The facility is not open to the public as the full focus is on these hurting children. No one is paid a salary and this 501 c3 is ran totally on donations. You can make tax deductible donations here.
Through this ministry in 2014 they created the Wild Wishes® program that grants wildlife encounters for children with critical illness or loss of parent or sibling. As of 2019 they have granted 100 wishes.
With hearts for wildlife conservation they began to see some of the older kids wanted to learn how to help wildlife. So they started mentoring some of them in how to use social media, photography, broadcasting and fundraising for wildlife conservation.
Now, they are taking it to a new level.
Higher Calling Wild Wishes® Expeditions will bring young people from the Wild Wishes® and Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center® programs on special wildlife conservation field trips with a focus on mountain wildlife and native stream fisheries.
The first trip in June 2019 was a catch-and-release trip for the elusive Guadalupe bass only found in a handful of rivers in Texas with two boys from Wild Wishes®. They got to catch their dream fish and were part of releasing a story on the fish and stream health via social media and several print and Internet outlets.
Slated trips for 2020 include the following:
*Second Annual Guadalupe Bass Expedition (Texas Hill Country)
*Alpine Sheep and Goat Expedition (Estes Park, Co.)
*Journey Into Yellowstone (Bozeman, Mont.)