Taking a walk on the wild side at Wildlife Conservation Society’s annual gala

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Cocktails around the Sea Lion pool at the Central Park Zoo for last year's Wildlife Conservation Society's annual gala dinner.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Take a walk on the wild side tomorrow, June 14th, when the Wildlife Conservation Society hosts its annual gala at the city’s hallowed wilderness grounds — the Central Park Zoo. The party is held under the stars, beside the pools, ponds and islands that make The Central Park Zoo one of the most beloved attractions in town; providing entertainment and education for over a million people a year (for children of all ages)!



The Wildlife Conservation Society began in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, one of the first conservation organizations in the United States. Its mandate — to advance wildlife conservation, promote the study of zoology, and create a first-class zoological park — has been realized.  WCS has had a significant impact around the world with insightful in-depth scientific research as it advocates science, conservation action, and education — all while inspiring people to value nature.


Bison being crated at Bronx Zoo for transport to Wichita, OK. ©Wildlife Conservation Society.


Serenading for supper at the Central Park Zoo.
Wildlife decor patrolling the sea lions.

The Wildlife Conservation Society showcases the vast reach of the organization from the local, Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, and the Queens Zoo to a staggering array of international projects that the organization has spearheaded.





For what to wear to this roaring revelry we took our cue from nature and discovered a den of designs to delight. Animal prints are a wonderful wardrobe investment, their appeal never goes out of style. Whatever season or reason, these prints answer back with fervor.


Dresses:  Reiss Rosie Midi  $320  /  Tocin Gabby Snake  Puff Sleeve  $149  /  Rixo Karen Leopard Medi  $144  /  Carolina Herrera Halter Corset  $950  /  Joie Arioste Silk  $348  /  Kobi Halperin Whistler Midi   $233  /  Carolina Herrera Fitted Bodice  $950   Top: Michael Michael Kors Off The Shoulder Top  $35   Accessories:  Saint Laurent Cat Eye4 Sunglasses  $460  / Staud Beaded Bean Bag  $175  /  Saint Laurent Leopard Silk Scarf  $595  Shoes:  Larroude Disco Gloria Wrap Sandals  $315  /  Santoni Calf hair Sandals $665


Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos were honored at last year’s WCS Gala.


Or if you want to change your spots, we suggest an elegant ensemble from this shimmering collection …


Dresses:  Camilla Balloon Sleeve Mini  $799  /  Farm Rio Leopard Forest Tassel  $225  /  Sandro Long Leopard  $370  /  Camilla sleeveless Maxi  $749   /  L’Agence Jyoti Split Ankle Pants  $133  /  Ungaro Catori Mini Dress  $695  /  Michael Michael Kors Eyelet Zebra Mini Dress  $395    Accessories: Staud Tommy Leopard Beaded  Bag  $206   Shoes: Bettina Vermillon Wedge Sandals  $174  /  L’ Agence Elysee Suede Espadrilles Wedges  $149


Hilary adds her flair for dressing: “Along with the animal prints, you can’t go wrong with tropical or floral prints. A nod to the hot nights in the jungle … of NYC. Bright colors will stand out under the stars and make a splash by the sea lions and turn the heads of a penguin or two.”


Dresses: Zimmermann Raie Floral Frill Shoulder  $1450  /  Borgo de Nor Lenny Sleeveless draped  $1053  /  Farm Rio Heliconia TRed Cut Out Puff  $245  /  Borgo de Nor Juliet Off The Shoulder  $1012   Accessories: Oscar De La Renta daisy Clip On Earrings  $290  /  Kenneth Jay Lane Gold Fan Drop Earrings  $100   Shoes: Rene Caovilla Metallic Stiletto Sandals  $1092  /  Jimmy Choo Saeda Satin Crystal Ankle Strap Sandals  $657








Here a preview of what’s in store …



“The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.” — Teddy Roosevelt, 1907


Photos compliments of the Wildlife Conservation Society

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