There was a spark between them, but living so far apart seemed impossible, so they both continued on their separate journeys. The following January, Brian traveled to the U.S. for a Conservation Lecture Tour, speaking at many zoos including Disney’s Wild Animal Kingdom, Indianapolis Zoo, Columbus Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo. It was in Cincinnati that Brian and Amanda reconnected, and it became apparent that their passions for conservation and wildlife also included each other! Brian proposed to Amanda later that spring and they were married in July 2016.
LEFT: Brian and Amanda at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia, Africa. CCF provides care to injured, orphaned and trapped cheetahs and works to end the illegal pet trade. Many cheetahs have been successfully released back to the wild thanks to CCF.