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Big cats prowl a Museum District home for endangered species gala: Bringing the fight home for wildlife supporters

Big cats prowl endangered species gala: Bringing the fight home

23 Sam Frapart, from left, David Cygialman and Everett Grossman at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Sam Frapart, from left, David Cygialman and Everett Grossman with cheetahs at play in the background. Photo by Peter Kelly
17 Nick and Katie Johnson at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Event hosts Nick and Katie Johnson. Photo by Peter Kelly
30 Stephanie Brown, left, with Heidi and Greg Armstrong at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Stephanie Brown, from left, with Heidi and Greg Armstrong. Photo by Peter Kelly
24 Sid and Phyllis Bresler at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Sid and Phyllis Bresler. Photo by Peter Kelly
28 Stef and Jay Levy, from left, Sellars Levy and Caroline Johnson at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Stef and Jay Levy, from left, Sellars Levy and Caroline Johnson. Photo by Peter Kelly
1 Adrienne Carter, left, and Caryn Papantonakis at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Adrienne Carter, left, and Caryn Papantonakis. Photo by Peter Kelly
20 Rick Barongi, from left, Diane Ledder and Anne and Stephen Kaufmann at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Rick Barongi, from left, Diane Ledder and Ann and Stephen Kaufman. Photo by Peter Kelly
18 Nick Bergman, from left, Richard Kimbrough, Kate Kimbrough, Kathy Kimbrough and Laurie Marker. at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Nick Bergman, from left, Richard Kimbrough, Kate Kimbrough, Kathy Kimbrough and Laurie Marker. Photo by Peter Kelly
16 Martha Parker, from left, Deborah Cannon, Kat Gallagher and Suzanne Nimocks at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Martha Parker, from left, Deborah Cannon, Kat Gallagher and Suzanne Nimocks. Photo by Peter Kelly
13 Kaylyn Johnson and Carter Rowland at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015.
Kaylyn Johnson and Carter Rowland. Photo by Peter Kelly
12 Katie Johnson, left, and Caroline Johnson at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Katie Johnson, left, and Caroline Johnson. Photo by Peter Kelly
7 Stef and Jay Levy, from left, Katie and Nick Johnson and Laura and David Favaloro at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Stef and Jay Levy, from left, Katie and Nick Johnson and Laura and David Favaloro. Photo by Peter Kelly
6 Everett Grossman, left, and Sam Frapart at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Everett Grossman, left, and Sam Frapart. Photo by Peter Kelly
5 Elizabeth Copeland, left, and Katie Johnson at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Elizabeth Copeland, left, and Katie Johnson. Photo by Peter Kelly
2 Aimee Robert and Jeff Manly at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
Aimee Robert and Jeff Manly. Photo by Peter Kelly
2 Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
A close-up of one of the animals at the event. Photo by Peter Kelly
23 Sam Frapart, from left, David Cygialman and Everett Grossman at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
17 Nick and Katie Johnson at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
30 Stephanie Brown, left, with Heidi and Greg Armstrong at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
24 Sid and Phyllis Bresler at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
28 Stef and Jay Levy, from left, Sellars Levy and Caroline Johnson at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
1 Adrienne Carter, left, and Caryn Papantonakis at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
20 Rick Barongi, from left, Diane Ledder and Anne and Stephen Kaufmann at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
18 Nick Bergman, from left, Richard Kimbrough, Kate Kimbrough, Kathy Kimbrough and Laurie Marker. at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
16 Martha Parker, from left, Deborah Cannon, Kat Gallagher and Suzanne Nimocks at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
13 Kaylyn Johnson and Carter Rowland at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015.
12 Katie Johnson, left, and Caroline Johnson at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
7 Stef and Jay Levy, from left, Katie and Nick Johnson and Laura and David Favaloro at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
6 Everett Grossman, left, and Sam Frapart at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
5 Elizabeth Copeland, left, and Katie Johnson at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
2 Aimee Robert and Jeff Manly at Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015
2 Cheetah Conservation and The Houston Zoo Event March 2015

What: An afternoon in support of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Where: The Museum District home of Katie and Nick Johnson.

The 411: Two of the beautiful big cats, on leashes with trainers, from Houston Zoo provided just the right imagery for the 120 guests who had gathered to learn about the endangered species. The afternoon event was co-hosted by the Cheetah Conservation Fund and Houston Zoo with support of EJF Philanthropies.

Laurie Marker, founder and executive director of the Namibia-based conservation effort, and Houston Zoo director Rick Barongi discussed the plight of the cheetah and the risk of extinction including the present dangers that cheetahs face in the wild. Marker was in from fund offices in Alexandria, Va.

Who: Houston Zoo director Deborah Cannon, Ann and Stephen Kaufman, Heidi and Greg Armstrong, Stef and Jay Levy, Phyllis and Sid Bresler, Laura and David Favaloro, Aimee Robert and Jeff Manly.