Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar was honoured in Los Angeles on Saturday (16Jun12) for her charity efforts.
The animal-loving Buffy The Vampire Slayer star was presented with the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award during the Beastly Ball at the city's zoo, in recognition of celebrities who contribute to environmental causes.
Gellar, who is a patron of the zoo's Safari Club, got into the spirit of the event by holding a Boa constrictor, and she was joined by veteran actress Betty White at the bash.
The 35 year old says, "I started (charity work) because my mother taught me a long time ago that even when you have nothing, there's a way to give back and what you get in return for that is tenfold."