Endangered Species Day Art Contest Ceremony

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The grand prize winner of the Endangered Species Day Art Contest, Carter Schroeder, and his father joined us in Washington, D.C. yesterday afternoon for a reception and award ceremony at the Rayburn House Office Building. Carter is the creator of the judges’ grand prize selection, Polar Bear and Beluga Whale.

Carter was presented with his award, crafted by Meredith Graf who also was in attendance to receive an award of her own.

ESC’s Executive Director Leda Huta addressed the hundreds in attendance about the importance of Endangered Species Day and recognized the Honorable Senator Whitehouse and his staff for their work in crafting a Senate resolution making May 21st, 2010 Endangered Species Day.

Columbus Zoo Director Emeritus Jack Hanna spoke passionately about the need to engage younger generations in taking care of our environment and the critical role zoos and aquariums play in that.

Following Jack Hannah is no easy task, but the celebrity guest animals in attendance from the Maryland Zoo stole the show.

A few of the species on hand were the kit fox, Burmese python, flamingo, Iberian lynx, American Alligator, Prehensile-tailed skink and African Bullfrog.

Our great thanks to everyone who participated in the Endangered Species Day Art Contest, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for allowing us to be part of their event and to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for partnering with us on the Endangered Species Day Art Contest.

Photo Credit: Beverly Orr/Endangered Species Coalition

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