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The Art of Conservation 2008 Opening Weekend
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Ray Easton and Wife Sharon at Bronx Zoo Luncheon  
Monday, October 6, 2008
Category: Day 1 - Field Trip to the Bronx Zoo

On the first day of the three-day weekend event, approximately 60 AFC members and their guests rendezvoused at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton. From there, attendees were shuttled in a convoy of three buses to the world-renowned Zoo and headquarters of the show’s beneficiary conservation organization – the Wildlife Conservation Society. Attendees were treated to a special guided tour of main Zoo attractions, including the brand new highly anticipated Madagascar exhibit. The day was punctuated by a buffet lunch (courtesy of WCS) in which WCS senior management and key staff mingled with the artists to share more about the organization and the important conservation and research work they do around the globe.

Attendees were left the remainder of the afternoon to peruse the Zoo grounds at their leisure. The day started off rainy, but traffic was better than anticipated and we arrived a good 25 minutes before the Zoo gates were open. Although this made for a damp start, WCS received us at their Southern Boulevard entrance with a special tent where they distributed personalized name tags, courtesy entrance tickets and ponchos for those without raincoats or umbrellas. Fortunately, by late morning, the rain subsided and we were able to walk freely around the grounds. The day was a wonderful start to a jam-packed weekend.

Photo credit: Charles Alexander
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