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Wildlife Conservation Gala

March 17 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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Standing up to Extinction

Please join the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) for an extraordinary evening as we celebrate our second annual Wildlife Conservation Gala on Saturday, March 17, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Themed “Standing up to Extinction”, the event will highlight the DZS’s role in wildlife conservation, focusing on nearly 20 years of saving amphibians around the world.

Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and an exquisite sit-down dinner in the iconic Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, as well as a brief presentation on the DZS’s longstanding work to save frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians. The evening will also feature a raffle with the chance to win “zoonique” prizes.

In the last few years alone, the DZS has led and/or supported field conservation programs on six continents – ranging from population studies of penguins in Antarctica to rescuing and rehabilitating gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A significant focus is placed on amphibians because – with more than 40 percent of all species at risk – these animals are the most threatened group in the world.

The plight of amphibians was identified more than 20 years ago.  The DZS quickly responded by developing the National Amphibian Conservation Center, the country’s largest public facility dedicated to amphibians. Staff and resources at this facility are committed to saving frogs, toads, salamanders and other endangered species.  From rearing and releasing nearly extinct toads in the U.S. to documenting the presence of the deadly chytrid fungus in the Amazon, the DZS is standing up to this extinction crisis.

This is a 21-and-older event. Attire is black-tie optional. All proceeds benefit the Detroit Zoological Society’s wildlife conservation programs.


For more information, sponsorship inquiries or to purchase a table, please contact Julie Geisinger at (248) 336-5735 or using the form below.

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  • Amphibian Conservation

    ""Amphibians are the most threatened group of animals in the world with 40 percent of all species at risk. This crisis is considered the greatest extinction in history; it’s also the Earth’s sixth mass biological extinction. While previous mass extinctions have been driven by natural planetary transformations or catastrophic asteroid strikes, the current die-off can be associated directly with human activity.

    The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is standing up to this extinction crisis. The National Amphibian Conservation Center has specially designed, bio-secure rooms behind the scenes where cooperative breeding programs – called Species Survival Plans – are underway for the Wyoming toad, Puerto Rican crested toad, Panamanian golden frog, crawfish frog and dusky gopher frog.

    Recently, 5,615 critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles bred at the Detroit Zoo were released in the El Tallonal biological reserve in Puerto Rico, joining more than 47,000 tadpoles of this species released into the wild in the past decade. Also in 2017, nearly 700 Wyoming toad tadpoles bred at the Zoo were released into a protected wetland in the Laramie Basin of Wyoming, bringing the total to more than 8,000 tadpoles, toadlets and toads released since the program began in 1995.

    Click here to learn more about the DZS’s amphibian conservation work.

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