Jay Leno

Famed animal conservationist's 'Mission: Wildlife' benefit returns Sept. 8

Famed animal conservationist's 'Mission: Wildlife' benefit returns Sept. 8

When current Poway resident Julie Scardina decamped from Illinois to California when she was 8 years old, her family happened to move into a house near MoorPark College north of Thousand Oaks. As fate would have it, the school had begun offering an animal care and veterinary program just as she became of age.

“This was way back in the late ‘70s,” says Scardina, who later moved to San Diego. “From there I got a job at SeaWorld.”

In the subsequent 40 years (and periods residing in Escondido and Carmel Valley), Scardina has become one of the most well-known champions of animals in the nation. She’s Animal Ambassador and Corporate Curator for SeaWorld family of parks, a close...

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