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Empire State Building Lights Up With Images Of Endangered Animals

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Morenike Adebayo

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clockAug 3 2015, 22:40 UTC
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A whale projected onto the Empire State Building. Extinction_OPS/Twitter

You wouldn’t expect to see lions, tigers and eagles (oh, my!) in the middle of Manhattan.

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For one night only, stunning displays of these threatened species and more were beamed onto the Empire State Building between 9 p.m. ET and midnight on Saturday as part of the Discovery Channel’s new documentary Racing Extinction

“We lit up the Empire State Building with the world’s most beautiful – and threatened – species to show the world what’s at stake,” the filmmakers said on their website.

About 160 different endangered animals were projected onto the 381-meter-tall (1,250-foot-tall) skyscraper, including the now-famous Cecil the Lion.

Visitors to the 86-year-old building were encouraged to share their photos of the spectacle on social media using the hashtag #RacingExtinction.

Artists and activists will feature in the documentary by award-winning director Louie Psihoyos, creatively displaying previously unseen footage of animals under threat.

The worldwide premiere of Racing Extinction will be on December 2 on the Discovery Channel.

[H/T: BBC]


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