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Empire State Building aglow with Cecil the lion and more to spotlight endangered animals

Manhattan’s concrete jungle was briefly taken over by a menagerie of real wildlife on Saturday night, as giant projections of endangered animals were ceremoniously splashed across the Empire State Building.

Onlookers watched like hawks as images of Cecil the lion, tigers, leopards, snakes, birds, sea creatures, and even King Kong were beamed across 33 floors of the iconic New York City landmark, to raise awareness for the plight of endangered species.

The images were generated by 40 stacked, 20,000-lumen projectors perched on the roof of the building opposite the skyscraper, according to The New York Times.

The project, which cost more than $1 million, was part of a promotion for “Racing Extinction,” a Discovery Channel documentary about the mass extinction of wildlife.

An image of Cecil the lion is projected onto the Empire State Building as part of an endangered species projection to raise awareness, in New York August 1, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters.

An image of Cecil the lion is projected onto the Empire State Building as part of an endangered species projection to raise awareness, in New York August 1, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

An image of an animal is projected onto the Empire State Building in New York August 1, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters.

An image of an animal is projected onto the Empire State Building in New York August 1, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

An image of an animal is projected onto the Empire State Building in New York August 1, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters.

An image of an animal is projected onto the Empire State Building in New York August 1, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

People watch as an image of an animal is projected onto the Empire State Building as part of an in New York August 1, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters.

People watch as an image of an animal is projected onto the Empire State Building as part of an in New York August 1, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

People watch as an image is projected onto the Empire State Building in New York August 1, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters.

People watch as an image is projected onto the Empire State Building in New York August 1, 2015. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

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