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The Wildlife Conservation Society invites you to our 26th Annual Family Benefit

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
5:00 to 8:00 PM

Central Park Zoo
Fifth Avenue at 64th Street

about the event

The Explorers’ Party is the annual family benefit of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). We welcome you and the children in your life to the Central Park Zoo for a one-of-a-kind event that lets kids (ages 2-12) discover their inner explorer and learn about the planet’s most spectacular wildlife.  

  • Enjoy exclusive access to the Central Park Zoo’s animal exhibits
  • Join a training and feeding session with our curious, intelligent sea lions
  • Explore hands-on educational crafts and activities
  • Watch interactive Wildlife Theater performances
  • Dig into a family-friendly buffet dinner
  • Listen to live music that gets kids moving

WCS stands for wildlife. Your support of the Explorers’ Party will help WCS protect vulnerable wildlife in the last wild places on earth.

The Explorers’ Party is held rain or shine. In the event of rain, all seating, food, and activities will be placed under cover. Don’t let a little rain keep you away from a fun evening at the Zoo!


Wild About the Zoo!

Did you have an unforgettable visit to the zoo as a child? Experiencing the wonder of the natural world—and realizing the strong bond we share with animals—can be life-changing.

WCS's four zoos—the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo—and our New York Aquarium comprise the world’s largest network of urban wildlife parks and connect more than 4 million guests a year to wildlife.  

With our uniquely diverse animal collection, immersive exhibits, education programs, and expert animal husbandry team, WCS promotes lifelong connections between people and nature while advancing conservation of species in the wild.

As the world’s premier wildlife conservation organization, our scientists achieve innovative, impactful results across 60 countries and our vast ocean. WCS has helped create more than 300 terrestrial and marine protected areas over the past century.

Please help carry forward this vital legacy by joining the Wildlife Conservation Society on May 15 to support our work to protect species and habitats worldwide.

Ticket Packages

Please click on each package name for a full list of benefits.
Names will be held at the door. Purchases are non-refundable.  

All gifts of $1,500 and above purchased before March 8 will be listed on the event invitation.

All gifts of $1,500 and above will include a 
one-year WCS Conservation Patron Protector Level Membership (value $1,500)

Click here for more information on Conservation Patron benefits

Brown Bear Package $25,000
($24,057 is tax-deductible)
  • One-year WCS Conservation Patron Membership
  • Verbal recognition of your family at the event
  • Early event admission
  • Recognition on signage for sponsoring two activities
  • Two reserved tables of 10 at the event
  • Twenty Explorers' Party Tickets
  • Recognition on the invitation, event signage, event webpage, and printed program
  • Two tickets to WCS's Spring Gala in June 2019
Snow Leopard Package $10,000
($9,257 is tax-deductible)
  • One-year WCS Conservation Patron Membership
  • Recognition on signage for sponsoring one activity
  • Reserved table of 10 at the event
  • Fifteen Explorers' Party Tickets
  • Recognition on the invitation, event signage and event webpage
Sea Lion Package $5,000
($4,457 is tax-deductible)
Penguin Package $2,500
($2,037 is tax-deductible)
Lemur Package $1,500
($1,117 is tax-deductible)
Family Package $500
($300 is tax-deductible)
  • Five Explorers' Party Tickets

Under federal tax rules, certain restrictions apply to the purchase of event tickets by donor advised funds and private foundations. Please contact your tax advisor or your DAF’s sponsoring organization for more details.



Explorers’ Party Co-Chairs

Alison and George Brokaw
Gillian Hearst
Sharon and Bill Jacob
Margo M. and James L. Nederlander

Explorers’ Party Committee
  • Katherine and Marco Birch
  • Kristy and Jim Clark
  • Mimi and Andy Crawford
  • Austen and Ernesto Cruz
  • Carolina and Thomas de Neufville
  • Evangeline and David Decima
  • Alexandra and Philip Edwards
  • Kathleen and David Glaymon
  • Melissa and Carney Hawks
  • Jessie and Tim Kisling
  • Susan and David Lazarus
  • Wesley and Evan LePatner
  • Lisa and Christopher Manice
  • David Maupin and Stefano Tonchi
  • Melanie and Matthew McLennan
  • Allison and Roberto Mignone
  • Emilia and Brian Pfeifler
  • Melinda and John Pyne
  • Jennifer and Joseph Reardon
  • Alexandra and Alex Robertson
  • Susannah and Brandon Rose
  • Jennifer and Christopher Tamis
  • Alisa and Alastair Wood
  • Meghan and Michael Young
Grandparents Committee
  • Susanne and Douglas Durst
  • Brad and Sunny Goldberg
  • Anne and John Manice
  • Lyn Silfen

    (list in formation)

past event photos

WCS Board of Trustees

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
Wellington J. Denahan
Katherine L. Dolan
Gordon E. Dyal
Thomas J. Edelman
Christopher J. Elliman
Bradley L. Goldberg
Paul A. Gould
Jonathan D. Green
Antonia M. Grumbach
Judith H. Hamilton

John N. Irwin III
Hamilton E. James
Julia Marton-Lefèvre
Ambrose K. Monell
Adebayo O. Ogunlesi
Alejandro Santo Domingo

Juan Manuel Santos,
Former President of Colombia and Nobel Laureate

David B. Schiff
Walter C. Sedgwick
Katherine Sherrill
Caroline N. Sidnam
Andrew H. Tisch
Roselinde Torres

Life Trustees

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

Trustee Emeriti

Eleanor Briggs
Jonathan L. Cohen
Brian J. Heidtke


For more information, please contact
Michelle Petrone at 718 741 1639 or mpetrone@wcs.org

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