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Cecil The Lion with other Endangered Species Projected on the Empire State Building

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Last night (Aug 1), filmmakers projected images of endangered species — including Cecil The Lion — on The Empire State Building in New York City.

Cecil the lion, whose death recently sparked international outrage, was included in the display along with eagles, leopards, monkeys and manta rays lighting up the Manhattan skyline.

Director Louie Psihoyos of the Oscar-winning film The Cove, exploring dolphin hunting in Japan, conceived the endangered species project. Psihoyos’ project serves as a companion to his upcoming documentary Racing Extinction airing on The Discovery Channel in December (2015). According to NBC New York, more than 160 animals were featured on the Empire State Building.

“There’s only 3,500 wild male lions out there. The gun lobby keeps them from being on the list but they are endangered,” Psihoyos told NBC.

The projection was the first of its kind on the classic skyscraper, taking up 33 floors. Check out the photos of the beautiful exhibit on the next page.

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