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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Reception 6:30 PM
Dinner and Dancing 8:00 PM

Central Park Zoo
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street

The Gala takes place outdoors within the spectacular zoo setting

Cocktail Attire

WCS: WE STAND FOR WILDLIFE

WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. We envision a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.

We stand for wildlife. Join us.

ABOUT THE EVENT

On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will host its annual Gala at the Central Park Zoo. The evening will celebrate WCS’s impact on the planet’s most ecologically important wild places and the extraordinary species that call them home. Unlike any other event in New York City, the Gala takes place outdoors within a spectacular zoo setting under the stars.

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Advancing Nature-Based Climate Solutions
Forests are massive carbon sinks for the planet, keeping billions of tons of C02 out of the atmosphere. Saving forests can provide nearly one-third of the action we need by 2030 to maintain the fight against climate change. WCS is working to stop the loss of intact forests, including by accelerating and scaling up protections in the world’s most important intact forests in the Amazon Basin, Congo Basin, North American Boreal, North Eurasian Boreal, and Southeast Asian Archipelago.
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One World, One Health
Human, animal, and environmental health are intrinsically connected and profoundly influenced by human activities, as the Covid-19 pandemic made us all acutely aware. With the largest international team dedicated to disease surveillance, rapid response, local training, and wildlife health of any conservation organization, WCS is hard at work responding to this global crisis and helping reduce the risk of future disease outbreaks.
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Protecting Nature’s Strongholds
Defending nature’s strongholds—the world’s remaining areas of protected wilderness is our best hope for ensuring the survival of wildlife and ecosystems. Over the past 125 years, WCS has helped create hundreds of protected areas across land and sea, and we are scaling up efforts to make sure Earth’s most important strongholds for biodiversity are equipped to withstand escalating pressures.
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Safeguarding Our Ocean
The ocean provides half of our atmosphere’s oxygen, feeds over a billion people, and facilitates 90 percent of global trade. But today, overfishing and the loss of top ocean predators threaten local communities, global economies, and human survival. WCS’s marine program covers the waters of 23 countries, and is designed to safeguard global coral species, reverse the decline of sharks and rays, and steward the recovery of marine mammals.
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Saving At-Risk Species
As the world’s premier wildlife conservation organization, WCS has 125 years of experience in successfully saving endangered species. Stable and recovering animal populations, reductions in poaching, and stronger international wildlife protections all prove that our efforts are working.
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A Legacy of Successful Conservation
As the first zoological organization in the world to promote wildlife conservation, WCS’s Bronx Zoo helped save bison from extinction more than a century ago. Today, we are working to restore free-ranging bison populations across their historic North American range through partnerships with Indigenous Peoples, accredited zoos, and others.
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Connecting People to Wildlife
WCS’s New York City wildlife parks promote lifelong connections between people and nature while advancing conservation of species in the wild. Our four zoos—the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo—and our New York Aquarium comprise the world’s largest network of urban wildlife parks and welcome more than 3 million guests a year.
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Advancing Indigenous-led Conservation
Across the Amazon-Andes region, WCS is supporting Indigenous Peoples such as these fishers in Bolivia who are building a canoe for the traditional and sustainable practices that maintain their food security.
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Conserving Congo’s Wildlife and Carbon-Rich Forests
The Congo Basin is Earth’s largest tropical net carbon sink and Africa’s most biodiverse region. That is why WCS is winning stronger protections for its highly intact forests and iconic species such as the mountain gorilla, forest elephant, and okapi. The Ndoki-Likouala Stronghold, shown here, is one of the rare places Africa where elephant and ape populations have stabilized or risen in the past 15 years.
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Leadership

Co-Chairs

Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie
Laura and Peter Grauer
Diane and Andreas Halvorsen
John and Jeanet Irwin
Alejandro and Charlotte Santo Domingo
Kitty and Stephen Sherrill
Loretta and Chris Stadler
Ann and Andrew Tisch
Priscilla and Ward Woods 
Don and Barbara Zucker

WCS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Robert G. Menzi
Interim President and CEO

Alejandro Santo Domingo
Chair

Thomas J. Edelman
Treasurer

Hamilton E. James
Vice Chair

Elizabeth Ainslie
Secretary

Elected Trustees

Elizabeth Ainslie
Frederick W. Beinecke
Rosina M. Bierbaum
Duncan A. Chapman
Katherine L. Dolan
Thomas J. Edelman
Christopher J. Elliman
Paul A. Gould
Peter T. Grauer
Jonathan D. Green
Antonia M. Grumbach
O. Andreas Halvorsen
Judith H. Hamilton
Jan Hatzius
John N. Irwin III
Hamilton E. James

Julia Marton-Lefèvre
Ambrose K. Monell
Adebayo O. Ogunlesi
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Juan Manuel Santos
David B “Scott” Schiff
Walter C. Sedgwick
Katherine Sherrill
Caroline N. Sidnam
Loretta M. Stadler
Andrew H. Tisch
Roselinde Torres
Marcel van Poecke
Akiko Yamazaki
Robert B. Zoellick

Life Trustees

C. Diane Christensen
Howard Phipps, Jr., Chair Emeritus
David T Schiff, Chair Emeritus
Mrs. Leonard N. Stern
Ward W. Woods, Chair Emeritus
Barbara Hrbek Zucker

Trustees Emeriti

Eleanor Briggs
Jonathan L. Cohen
Gordon E. Dyal
Bradley L. Goldberg
Brian J. Heidtke

Tables

Please respond by March 15 to be listed on the invitation.

Tables

$1,950 of each Gala Table at the $10,000 level and above is non-deductible.
$195 of each seat at a $5,000 Guardian Gala Table is non-deductible.

Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law.

* Under federal tax rules, certain restrictions apply to the purchase of gala tickets and tables by donor-advised funds (DAFs) and private foundations.
Please contact your tax advisor or your DAF’s sponsoring organization for more details.

COVID-19 Warning: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By visiting WCS’s facilities, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. If you are sick, or have possible symptoms, please stay home and take time to recover.

Contact

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Benham
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
Phone: 718 741 1616
gala@wcs.org

Learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Society

Mission
WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

Vision
WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.

Photo Credits: Plains zebra © Anup Shah/naturepl.com; © Frank af Petersens; © Paul Hilton for WCS; © WCS Mozambique; Julie Larsen Maher © WCS; Kalyan Varma; ©Rob Wallace/WCS; ©Scott Ramsay/WCS; © BFA; Patrick McMullan/PMc.©Patrick McMullan; © Jillian Nelson/AnnieWatt.com; © InFocusNYC

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