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WATCH: Images of endangered species light up the Empire State Building

WATCH ABOVE: Giant images of endangered animals projected Empire State building

TORONTO – Images of endangered species – including Cecil the lion – illuminated the Empire State Building Saturday, highlighting the problem of mass extinction.

Images of tigers, whales and eagles were among the roughly 160 species featured on the south side of the iconic landmark.

The three-hour exhibition was created by filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, director of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, as part of a promotion for his upcoming documentary Racing Extinction, according to the film’s Facebook page.

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The looping images of a snow leopard, a golden lion tamarin and manta rays were projected onto a space that covered 33 floors of the Empire State Building.

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Among the featured animals was an image of Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, who officials say was killed illegally by an American dentist on July. The death of the 13-year-old lion sparked international outcry and Zimbabwean authorities, who have said they will seek the extradition of Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer.

On Sunday, it was reported that gynecological oncologist Jan Casimir Seski from Pennsylvania is being accused of illegally killing a lion in April.

Below are images of the art installation that graced the Empire State Building.

Large images of endangered species are projected on the south facade of The EmpireState Building, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Large images of endangered species are projected on the south facade of The EmpireState Building, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Large images of endangered species are projected on the south facade of The EmpireState Building, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Large images of endangered species are projected on the south facade of The Empire State Building, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. The large scale projections are in part inspired by and produced by the filmmakers of an upcoming documentary called “Racing Extinction.”. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Large images of endangered species are projected on the south facade of The EmpireState Building, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Large images of endangered species are projected on the south facade of The EmpireState Building, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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