In 2016, backed by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, forty of the world’s top fashion houses and restaurants joined forces to solve human-animal conflict and secure the future for African and Asian elephants, lions and gorillas. In partnership with Selfridges, The Animal Ball took place on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 and was Europe’s biggest conservation fundraiser which raised £1.7 million for our planet’s most magnificent and endangered animals.

In 2016, guests were dressed in masks created by the world’s top fashion houses including Burberry, Matthew Williamson, Swarovski and Chloé and 40 other global fashion houses. Our beloved V&A Museum displayed the 800 strong couture mask collection at Conservation Couture: The Animal Ball Collection from 25th October for 10 days, kindly supported by Swarovski. Inspired by American Novelist Truman Capote’s Black & White Dance of ’66 and returning to the era of formal dinners pre-ball, we worked with top restaurants, private member clubs and notable private homes, who each hosted 40 delightfully inspired dinners simultaneously across London. After dinner, everyone made their way to the Ball to celebrate nature’s greatest masterpieces.

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The Animal Ball 2016 was hosted by Elephant Family and also benefitted three other pioneering conservation organisations; The Aspinall Foundation, Space for Giants and Lion Guardians. Thank you to everyone who formed part of The Animal Ball and helped bolster the conservation sector through creative and collaborative fundraising.






Each partnership for The Animal Ball 2016 was essential to raising vital funds to save iconic spaces and species. Elephant Family would like to thank the incredible organisations listed below for being part of this event.

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