Since some in Palm Beach’s high society won’t go to the zoo – it is, after all, located on the, Gasp!, west side of the bridges – some of the exotic stars were brought to the island’s social jungle for the yearly Palm Beach Zoo gala.
Friday’s sold out black-tie event at The Breakers raised about $1,000,000, and allowed the 400-plus guests to mingle with some of the zoo’s friendlier creatures in the courtyard during the cocktail hour.
The animals included three parrots, two owls, an African crested porcupine, a serval, a sloth named Wilbur, several large lizards and two New Guinea singing dogs. Yep, singing dogs. Can climb up trees, too.
(PS: I was kidding on the video about guests eating the singing dogs! No animal was harmed during the event and most didn’t seem bothered by the attention!)
Among the two-legged guests in Palm Beach: billionaire corporate raider Wilbur Ross, Outback Steakhouse founder Tim Gannon, Earl and Carol Mack, and Luis and Lilian Fernandez.