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Save the Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Feast for the Beasts is one of the Alaska Zoo’s most popular parties and the Zoo’s largest fundraiser. The Feast for the Beasts is set for Thursday, June 19, 2014. Join us for an enchanting evening.
Enjoy a fabulous dinner by Bridge Catering, live music, special animal presentations, along with a live and silent auction under the canopied lawn of the Alaska Zoo. Our special guest speaker this year will be Peter Gros, Ambassador for Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Please read below to learn more about Peter Gros and his amazing conservation and education work.
Ticket sales will begin on May 1st online. We are accepting in-kind donations for our auction. Please contact our Development Department at (907) 341-6435 to donate auction items or services. Thank you for your support.
All Animals, All the Time. On Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom on Animal Planet, Peter Gros provides the link between the original series, where he served as co-host, and the new specials. This ensures that the new specials remain true to the heritage of the beloved original series. Gros was also featured in the "Cheetah: Race Against Time" Wild Kingdom special in 2005 and "Magnificent Moments" in 2007. The original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom series, a program honored with 41 major awards including four Emmy Awards and an endorsement by the National PTA for television programming recommended for family viewing, was one of the best known and longest-running series on nature and the animal world. Gros is a frequent guest on LIVE with Regis and Kelly and the CBS Early Show. In addition, he has appeared on numerous talk shows, including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Mr. Gros is also an active conservationist. On behalf of Mutual of Omaha, Peter Gros is intimately involved in a nationwide conservation education program conducted at the local community level. Gros' research expeditions have taken him to Lake Baikal in Siberia to explore the wonders of the world's largest, oldest and deepest lake, and to the Amazon Basin where he led an expedition of 39 sixth-graders from Zeeland, Michigan, to study the Peruvian rain forest. He has also studied the effects of ecotourism on wildlife in Venezuela, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands. In addition, Gros has served as the U.S. representative on the Citizen Ambassador Program's research study of tigers and rhinos in the Chitwan National Forest in Nepal. In his travels throughout the world, Gros and his animal friends help teach about the importance of caring for the world around us. Peter Gros has nearly 30 years of field experience with captive wildlife. In his former position as Director of Land Animals and vice president at Marine World/Africa USA, he established breeding programs for 377 endangered animals. He also developed a rehabilitation program for birds of prey, as well as the largest captive breeding colony of ostriches in the United States. He is a licensed Exhibition & Animal Educator for the U.S.D.A. and an active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and Zoological Association of America. Gros is also on the Board of Directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association. He is a frequent lecturer on conservation and preservation at universities, zoos and nature and science centers around the nation. Gros currently serves as president of the Green Valley Center for Wildlife Education. "We need to continue to deliver a powerful message about how each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world," Gros said. "It is possible to use our natural resources in a sustainable manner. We simply need to educate our nations youth about the importance of wildlife conservation."