4th Philadelphia Zoo hosted its Annual Global Conservation Gala
On Thursday October 4th Philadelphia Zoo hosted its Annual Global Conservation Gala, an iconic event that honors extraordinary people doing extraordinary things for wildlife and the world. The theme of this year’s Gala, held at the Zoo, was water and the importance this critical natural element is to life in general. Honorees at the Gala included a forward-thinking environmentalist, Thomas Dolan IV, who received The Conservation Impact Award and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, an organization that has reversed the trajectory of the Rodrigues Fruit Bat, a species once close to extinction, awarded the Global Conservation Award. The honorees were celebrated their outstanding work, incredible passion, and unwavering dedication to conservation.
It was a beautiful evening despite the dreary rainy weather which has daunted our area for the past year.
Every year the Zoo’s Mary Love and her team really hit the mark when creating the decor and atmosphere of the gala
Usually the cocktail party would take place among the beautifully landscaped grounds, but because of the “on brand” rain, we all joked it was, the cocktail party was moved inside under the grand tent where dinner took place.
Since its inception in 2010, the Zoo’s Global Conservation Gala has honored individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, and achievement in the world of conservation. It has also advanced the Zoo’s mission to connect people with wildlife, create joyful discovery and inspire action for animals. This year’s Gala, co-chaired by Holly and Orlando Esposito and Patti Owens and Jeff Saltz, had more than 500 attendees and is the largest fundraising event for the Zoo.
Philadelphia Zoo Board Member Dale Presitipino and wife TraceyPresitipino.
Global Conservation Gala attendee Shaina Hamilton and husband Philadelphia Zoo Board Member Nat Hamilton
Philadelphia Zoo President & CEO, Vikram H Dewan, Philadelphia ZooBoard Member Joanna M. Lewis, Philadelphia Zoo Chairman of the Board, F. William McNabb III
Global Conservation Gala attendees Meredith and Sheri Swinney-Donley
Aicha Ly and Kernika Gupta
Jason Cevera, Rachel Cevera, Sonni Barma, Adam Kohn, Jody M. Lewis and Diana Ramsey
Philadelphia Zoo Gala Event Co-Chairs Jeff Saltz, Patti Owens, Global Conservation Awardee Vikash Tatayah, Conservation Director Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Philadelphia Zoo Gala Co-Chairs, Orlando Esposito, Holly Esposito