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Woodland Park Zoo has provided a haven for more than five generations of families to discover the wonders of nature. With each visit, a new story of the beauty and impact that our animals, exhibits and conservation unfolds to a child, parent, teacher or student.


A Passion for Conservation and Tree Kangaroos

The Blumenthal-Edsforth Family and Pascal Blumenthal

Woodland Park Zoo is fortunate to count the Blumenthal-Edsforth family – Jabe, Julie, their 12-year-old son Pascal and nine-year-old daughter Sabine – among our generous friends and supporters.

Jabe is active in local conservation and climate-change issues, was formerly in the software industry, and recently taught mathematics and physics at Lakeside High School, his alma mater. Julie also worked in high-tech, previously co-founded nonprofit Powerful Voices, and now runs her own successful business to non-profits.


Blumenthal-Edsforth family with WPZ's Senior Conservation Scientist, Dr. Lisa Dabek.

A Clarion Call for Conservation

Ben and Julie Wolff

Strong leadership, access to large, diverse audiences and compelling messages are essential to effective conservation efforts. It is because Woodland Park Zoo has all three that Ben and Julie Wolff feel so passionate about helping the zoo increase its impacts as an education and conservation leader.

Ben, a recent WPZ Board member, and his wife, Julie, are sounding a clarion call for the conservation of endangered Asian tigers and bears. As co-chairs of the $21 million Asian Tropical Forest initiative, the Wolff's are challenging the zoo and the entire community to transform the 60-year-old Asian tiger and bear exhibits. And we are thrilled with their vision.

Inspiring Youths about their Future

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has been a vital source of support for Woodland Park Zoo, and instrumental in the success of our innovative education programs on grounds and in the community. With a generous grant, the foundation is helping the zoo to expand its outreach to more middle school youth from diverse communities.

Early adolescence is a rich stage of identity development when youth begin to define the causes they care about.

Strong Communities: The Impact of Legacy Gifts

Joy Spurr

At Woodland Park Zoo, the impact of legacy gifts can be seen all over the zoo. While most bequest or legacy gifts are placed in our endowment so that they support our animals, exhibits, educational programs, and conservation outreach programs for years and years to come, some donors indicate that they would like to see their gift used in building an exhibit. When you visit the Tropical Rain Forest, you are seeing an exhibit made possible through the estate of former Board member, Rick Buckley.

A Passion for Animals, People and Conservation

Bob Plotnick and Gay Jensen

Bob Plotnick and Gay Jensen are truly an example of a couple who have a real passion for animals and conservation – whether here in the Northwest, or in far-away Papua New Guinea. Bob has been a professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs at University of Washington for 25 years. Gay is an award-winning weaver, quilter and textile artist. Bob and Gay recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary, and are avid birders (bird watchers). They also love turtles and kangaroos – specifically tree kangaroos.

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