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Sheep Imposters Populate the Wildlife in San Diego Zoo's Light Hearted PSA

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‘Imposters’ star in new campaign for San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Sheep Imposters Populate the Wildlife in San Diego Zoo's Light Hearted PSA

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) today introduced a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign, titled “You Can’t Replace Wildlife Once It’s Gone.” Created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners (GS&P), this campaign puts a light hearted spin on a serious conservation issue—the loss of wildlife and biodiversity.

The fully integrated campaign across television, radio, print and outdoor advertising features a cast of sheep demonstrating the potential reality of a world without wildlife. The debut film depicts endangered wildlife across several locations. The twist? The endangered lions, giraffes, rhinos and penguins are actually sheep imposters. The closing message of the ad is that 'you can’t replace wildlife once it’s gone.' Viewers are invited to participate in protecting the future of wildlife by joining San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance or by visiting the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

“By projecting conservation optimism in this new PSA campaign—encouraging people to join existing conservation efforts already underway—it makes what can often be an overwhelming concept become more accessible to our audiences,” said David Miller, chief marketing officer at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. “We are working toward meeting the urgent needs of wildlife today and are thrilled to introduce this campaign—and to invite allies from anywhere in the world to join us in our conservation mission.” 

This campaign highlights the international conservation efforts of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, which works to save, protect and care for wildlife around the world. SDZWA, which has 'two front doors' at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, leverages its 105 years of wildlife conservation and care expertise alongside its collaborative partnerships to advance community-led conservation efforts worldwide.

While working with San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance to create this PSA campaign, the team saw first hand how they leverage hope, connection and inspiration to connect with millions of wildlife allies, who visit their wildlife parks in Southern California and through various digital properties,” said Jeff Goodby, GS&P co-chairman. “As such, we wanted to delight viewers and inspire them to help San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance with their important mission of creating a world where all life thrives.”

The sheep imposters star in the out-of-home advertising running in Southern California. Classic nature documentary-style narration describes a world where sheep are the only animals left, while radio spots put a fresh take on the famous lyrics of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” 

The goal of the campaign, which is expected to air in 20 of the top 25 DMAs nationwide—including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco—in the next year, is to turn audience members into SDZWA allies for wildlife, helping support solutions to the greatest conservation challenges of our lifetime. Help save the world’s wildlife and join San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance by becoming a member, by donating to support the mission at, or by visiting world-famous San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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CEO: Paul Baribault

COO: Shawn Dixon

CMO: David Miller

Marketing Director: Debra Erickson

Associate Director, Marketing: Damien Lasater

Video Production / Post-Production Supervisor: Dustin Trayer


Chief Creative Officer: Margaret Johnson

Creative Director: Caroline Cappelli

Creative Director: Ryan Tovani

Art Director: Thomas Gledhill

Copywriter: Lennie Galloway


Account Director: Cassi Norman

Account Manager: Casey O’Brien

Account Manager: Nikki Dietrich

Assistant Account Manager: Elizabeth Markovic


Co-director of Production: Leila Gage and Margaret Brett-Kearns

Senior Broadcast Producer: Alexei van Mourik

Business Affairs

Director of Business Affairs: Judy Ybarra

Senior Business Affairs Manager: Anna Lorrie Diokno

Production Company

Company Name: GS&P Films

Director: Michael Miller

Director of Photography: Ernie Kovacs

Photographer: Quinn Gravier

Executive Producer: Danielle Riccardi

Line Producer: Genevieve McCarty


Company Name: Elevel

Director of Post Production: Michael Damiani

Editor: Graham Willcox

Assistant Editor: Liz Norris

Sound Design: Nic Dematteo


Company Name: Lime Studios

Audio Mixer: Joel Waters

Audio Assistant: Collin Thomas

Executive Producer: Susie Boyajan


Company Name: The Mill

Colorist: Fergus McCall


Company Name: The Mill

Executive Producer: Hillary Thomas

Senior Producer: Alex Bader

Production Coordinator: Tarik Thompson

Creative Director: John Leonti

2D Lead Artist: Gareth Parr

2D Artist: Yukiko Ishiwata, Roxy Zuckerman, Brad Scott, Toby Brockhurst, Dilipan J, Arunraj, T. Asaithambi, Tarun Kemtur

3D Artist: Michael Lori

Matte Painting: Itai Muller

Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Wed, 03 Nov 2021 15:08:56 GMT