Thrive 2015


Thrive 2015

February 24, 2015 · 7:30 – 9 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m.)
Seattle Sheraton Hotel at 1400 6th Avenue

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What is Thrive?

Woodland Park Zoo’s annual spring fundraiser, Thrive, brings together over 700 Puget Sound Region business and community leaders, giving them an “inside glimpse” of what makes our institution a world-class zoo. Thrive also raises over $400,000, critical funds needed to support the zoo’s animal care and naturalistic exhibits, worldwide wildlife conservation efforts and educational programming for all ages.

Thrive 2015 is Tuesday February 24th at 7:30 a.m. at Seattle’s Downtown Sheraton Hotel.

Why attend / support Thrive?

Business leaders, philanthropists, and community members attend Thrive because it is a wonderful opportunity to support an important community treasure, Woodland Park Zoo.

For 115 years, Woodland Park Zoo has sparked delight, discovery and unforgettable memories while teaching people to understand and protect wildlife. Where else can millions of people go eye-to-eye with magnificent creatures, learn about the critical landscapes that sustain them – and our – existence, and engage with communities around the globe working to protect them? People who experience the wonders of the natural world are inspired to protect it.

Guests to this breakfast event will learn how Woodland Park Zoo works with conservationists and researchers alike to protect wild habitats and endangered species around the world. Our contributions to animal research and conservation education are key in helping partners like Dr. Cheryl Knott build their programs and succeed in saving endangered species – even in the deepest jungles of Borneo.

Guest speaker, Dr. Cheryl Knott is the director and co-founder of the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program, a Woodland Park Zoo Partner for Wildlife. Knott and her team use cutting-edge scientific techniques to investigate all aspects of orangutan life in order to better understand how to preserve this endangered species in the wild.

Joining Cheryl is Dr. Tim Laman, her husband and a National Geographic photographer for more than 18 years. Tim’s pioneering research in the rain forest canopies of Borneo have led to some of the most striking pictures of the most challenging and endangered creatures.

Join us at Thrive to hear their fascinating talk, Adventures Among Orangutans: Saving the Red Apes of Borneo.

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What does it cost to attend Thrive?

There is no charge to attend Thrive 2015. We do ask guests to consider a minimum donation of $150. Guests who make a gift of $500 or more will be automatically enrolled in our Wild at Heart donor pack.

How can I support Thrive?

You can support Thrive by attending or even building a table of ten: invite your friends to learn more about Woodland Park Zoo! Or help us underwrite the event cost by considering an event sponsorship or general donation.


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