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Extreme Mammals Gala

  • Friday, September 25, 2015
  • 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Extreme Mammals Gala

The Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences invite you to the Gala opening celebration of Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time, our upcoming special exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History. Enjoy:

  • An exclusive preview of the special exhibition.
  • Live extreme mammal encounters with a two-toed sloth, 3-banded armadillo, Egyptian fruit bat and more!
  • Open bar.
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres & dessert. The menu.
  • Dancing and live music by The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra
  • Premiere of Call of the Wild: original music composed by Senator Jaiz featuring animal vocalizations from our partners – the Conservators’ Center and Duke Lemur Center – and Elevate dancers and acrobats.
  • Interact with Museum scientists and hear about their research on coyotes, shrews and the eMammal tracking project.

Black tie optional
Complimentary valet parking

Tickets are $150. Tickets are available online or at the Museum Box Office, 919.707.9950.




Parents: enjoy your night out!

Give yourselves a night out at the Gala and your kids a chance to learn about cool topics, play games, and make recycled crafts at the Museum with our Nature Explorers’ Drop-off Program. Register now.

Proceeds from this event sustain the Friends of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to support the Museum’s educational programs, research and exhibits.


Host Committee

  • Angela Baker-James & John James
  • Barbara & Dempsey Benton
  • Vicki & Richard Conner
  • Seth Crossno
  • Julia & Frank Daniels
  • Charman Driver & Frank Thompson
  • Lekita Essa
  • Peggy & Jim Fain
  • Eugenia Leggett & Barry Frank
  • Fay Prost & Marc Hoit
  • Maryse & Emlyn Koster
  • Betsy Anne Bradshaw Lumsden
  • Charlotte Martin
  • Louise & Grier Martin
  • Anna & Phil Menzies
  • Deedra & Brian Nunnally
  • Ashley & Chad Parker
  • Janet & Carl Patterson
  • Vanessa & Keith Poston
  • MaryCraven & Dennis Poteat
  • Emily & Patrick Roberson
  • Ann & Wade Smith
  • Bonnie & Roger Smith
  • Leigh Ann & Roger Smith
  • Kimberly & Ed Summers
  • Lara Swanson-Paul & Richard Paul
  • Marla & Ed Turlington
  • Leah Goodnight Tyler & Runyon Tyler
  • Betsy & Ted Vaden
  • Anita & David Watkins
  • Beth & Julian Williamson
  • Lisa & Tom Williamson
  • Elaine & Fred Wood

For more information about the Gala, contact Andrea Jones, 919.707.9839, andrea.jones@naturalsciences.org.

Learn more about how you can support Extreme Mammals
Contact: Sarah Lowder, 919.707.9826, sarah.lowder@naturalsciences.org

In partnership with the Conservators’ Center and Duke Lemur Center.
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Conservators Center
The Conservators Center is a nonprofit wildlife conservancy that supports conservation through education and raising public awareness of rare and endangered species. Located in Burlington, NC, the Conservators Center is home to 80 exotic animals including more than 20 big cats (lions, tigers, and leopards), gray wolves, lemurs, servals, binturongs, New Guinea singing dogs, jungle cats, genets, and other species rarely seen at zoos. Visitors meet the animals on guided tours that allow views from as close as 5 feet away while they learn about the individual animals’ personalities, the species they represent, and how they came to live at the conservancy.

Duke Lemur Center logo

Duke Lemur Center
The Duke Lemur Center is the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs – Earth’s most threatened group of mammals – outside of Madagascar. The Duke Lemur Center advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research, community-based conservation and public outreach. By engaging scientists, students and the public in new discoveries and global awareness, the Center promotes a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery.



September 25, 2015
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$150 per ticket


Nature Exploration Center
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States


Andrea Jones