Fund-Our-Future | Leaders, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Jungle Party's Fund-Our-Future will raise critical funds for Woodland Park Zoo programs that inspire more than one million visitors each year to take action in protecting animals and their habitats. Your generous support of Fund-Our-Future will enable our zoo to continue its excellence in education, conservation and animal care through 2014.
Explore ways to support this year's Fund-Our-Future needs:
By introducing children to nature at a young age, and continuing their science education in their formative years through the zoo’s conservation and animal programs, we help create leaders of the future who will continue the legacy of Woodland Park Zoo. This year we are highlighting our middle school program, ZooCrew and high school program, ZooCorps.
ZooCrew empowers middle school aged youth to become conservation leaders by providing engaging experiences that inspire them to learn, care, and act through after school and summer expanded learning opportunities. Through this program the zoo excites youth from traditionally underserved communities about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects in school, prepares them for continued involvement in Woodland Park Zoo’s youth programs, and inspires them to consider a broad range of STEM and conservation careers. ZooCorps is available to high school students who have an interest in the zoo, animals, field conservation, and sustainability concerns. They work closely with staff, keepers, volunteers and our guests all summer long to grow their experience and leadership skills. ZooCorps offers participants a unique opportunity to develop useful job skills, increase their knowledge of animals and their habitats, and to expand their conservation awareness, in a collaborative and fun learning environment at the zoo and beyond.
Please see below for specific needs and other ways your Fund Our Future support can be directed.
- $20,000 funds an outreach van for field-based programming
- $15,000 supports two ZooCorp internships for one full year
- $10,000 provides an afterschool science program for one low income middle school for 2 quarters
- $5,000 brings ten Little Critters early childhood programs to libraries in underserved areas of King County
- $3,000 supports a one credit masters level teacher professional development course for a quarter
- $1,500 provides five summer camp scholarships for low income kids
- $500 brings one classroom to the zoo for a guided school program
- $250 funds a two-hour wildlife monitoring workshop for thirty adults
Our field conservation programs create awareness and engage guests and others in real solutions for endangered species in the wild. The zoo partners with the big cat conservation organization, Panthera, for one of our cornerstone field conservation programs to save Malayan tigers in the wild. In its second year, both organizations together have pledged a 10-year, $1 million commitment to this project. There are many other field conservation projects that Woodland Park Zoo is directly involved in each year.
Please see below for specific needs and ways your Fund Our Future support can be directed.
- $50,000 for our 2014 commitment to our tiger conservation program in Malaysia
- $50,000 to support our Senior Conservation Fellow as a key component of our Living Northwest Program
- $20,000 to support the zoo's western pond turtle headstart and field conservation project in the Pacific Northwest
- $40,000 to support in-country field projects for elephant conservation in Hutan and Tarangire
- $20,000 to support an in-country snow leopard project in Kyrgyzstan
- $20,000 to support an in-country red-crowned, white-naped and hooded crane field project in Muraviovka Park
This year’s baby boom brings a new generation of animal ambassadors to our zoo and others, but to get them and future babies ready for the world it takes a team of keepers and vet staff. We hope all of our babies are healthy, but if they need a little helping hand we have a talented and experienced vet staff with numerous diagnostic tools to ensure our babies grow into strong adults. The job of the keeper is all important as they spend all day with our babies observing the smallest changes in diet, behavior, and interaction as clues to better understanding their health and well-being.
Animal care needs for babies
$100,000: Veterinary care and observation/monitoring
- Regular vet care
- Well-baby checks including blood work, sending samples to labs
- Many regular tests to ensure babies are progressing/are getting the right mix of nutrition
$100,000: Training and basic animal husbandry:
- Keeper observation
- Train to separate from mother (allows vet staff to perform well-baby checks, etc.)
- Scale training to take weight of animal
- Target training for larger animals especially cats and bears
- Specialized diets
- Crate training to ready for transport to another accredited zoo