It looks like Slash's experience in the jungle that was Guns N' Roses has made him a lover of animals. The guitarist will be honored with the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) at the 41st annual Beastly Ball on June 18.

"Slash is a great example of our mission of nurturing wildlife and enriching the human experience," says Zoo Director John Lewis. "He is a champion for wildlife and conservation and has introduced our mission, his passion, to millions of his fans."

According to a press release, the award goes to "members of the entertainment community who have excelled in establishing meaningful and lasting programs that contribute to the welfare of the world's natural and civic environment." It's named after late GLAZA chairman Mankiewicz, who also was a successful TV writer/director.

"The biggest compliment for me is that it's Tom's award," remarks Slash. "I really adored that man. I miss him very much, and that aspect is very special and resonates deeply. Additionally, I profoundly appreciate the implications of the award itself. It's a fantastic honor."

Slash will be honored during the Beastly Ball, which takes place June 18 at the Los Angeles Zoo and serves as a fund-raiser for GLAZA.

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