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David Bonderman


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Festivities begin at 6:30 PM

Central Park Zoo
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street

We are delighted to be able to come together in celebration on September 23. Your safety is our priority. Please rest assured that WCS is carefully monitoring and following all guidelines for gathering safely. Due to the current restrictions, space is limited and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

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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.



On Thursday, September 23, 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 within a spectacular zoo setting under the stars.

Check back soon for more event updates!


David Bonderman

David Bonderman is co-founder and chairman of TPG, a leading global alternative asset firm which manages approximately $100 billion in assets.

Prior to forming TPG in 1992, Mr. Bonderman was COO of the Robert M. Bass Group, and before that a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. From 1969 to 1970, he was a Fellow in Foreign and Comparative Law in conjunction with Harvard University and prior to that Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. Mr. Bonderman serves on a number of public and private boards, some of which include: Allogene Therapeutics, Inc.; Boston Championship Basketball, LLC; Seattle Hockey Partners; The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation; and The Rise Fund.

David Bonderman is a long-time supporter of conservation causes and serves on the boards of the following entities: the American Himalayan Foundation, The Wilderness Society, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the Wyss Foundation. Mr. Bonderman also funds The Wildcat Foundation. Protecting Africa’s parks and wildlife is a particular passion, and he has long assisted Wildlife Conservation Society projects across Central and East Africa. His major support for predominantly anti-poaching and wildlife anti-trafficking efforts now extends across 22 African countries.



List in formation


Cristián Samper, PhD
President and CEO
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Hamilton E. James
Vice Chair
Gordon E. Dyal
Frederick W. Beinecke
Elected Trustees

Elizabeth Ainslie
Frederick W. Beinecke
Rosina M. Bierbaum
Duncan A. Chapman
Rudolph F. Crew
Katherine L. Dolan
Gordon E. Dyal
Thomas J. Edelman
Christopher J. Elliman
Paul A. Gould
Peter T. Grauer
Jonathan D. Green
Antonia M. Grumbach
O. Andreas Halvorsen
Judith H. Hamilton

John N. Irwin III
Hamilton E. James
Julia Marton-Lefèvre
David J. Millstone
Ambrose K. Monell
Adebayo O. Ogunlesi
Alejandro Santo Domingo
Juan Manuel Santos
David B "Scott" Schiff
Walter C. Sedgwick
Katherine Sherrill
Caroline N. Sidnam
Andrew H. Tisch
Roselinde Torres
Robert B. Zoellick

Life Trustees

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

Trustees Emeriti

Eleanor Briggs
Jonathan L. Cohen
Bradley L. Goldberg
Brian J. Heidtke


Please respond by March 12 to be listed on the invitation.
Gifts of $25,000 and above will be listed as a Vice Chair.

Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. $1,950/$195 of each Gala Table/Ticket is non-deductible.

* 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.

past gala photos



For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Benham
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
Phone: 718 741 1616

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