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Wildlife Conservation Society Gala 2016

by Carolina Conzelman Photographed by Liam McMullan/PMC
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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Guests came together on June 9, at Central Park Zoo for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s 2016 Gala: We Stand for Wildlife. This year’s event honored Sir David Attenborough, an English naturalist and broadcaster, as well as The Walt Disney Company, for their consistent dedication to protecting wildlife.


The Walt Disney Company has collaborated with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for more than seven decades. Together, they have worked to protect the world’s most endangered species.


Attenborough has presented the television series, Zoo Quest, along with many other television shows. His intentions for these television series are to teach people to admire and respect wildlife around themselves and the rest of the world.


The event consisted of cocktails by the sea lion pool which ended in dinner and dancing. Those in attendance of the celebratory evening included WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, gala co-chairs Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Simonds, actress Lucy Liu, chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay and Disney Senior Vice President of Environment and Conservation Dr. Beth Stevens.


The proceeds of this event went to support the WCS’s work to protect wildlife worldwide. The organization is the largest conversation in the world, protecting threatened animals including: elephants, big cats, dolphins, and whales. WCS reaches out to governments and the public to encourage protection of our Earth.


Photos by Julie Larsen Maher, Patrick McMullan and Liam McMullan/PMC.




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