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.
Pascal and Sabine’s family values education, philanthropy, and preserving threatened wildlife and habitat for future generations. One of Pascal’s favorite zoo animals is the Matschie’s tree kangaroo, found only in Papua New Guinea. WPZ’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) works to protect this endangered species.
Hatching a plan to help preserve habitat for the tree kangaroo, Pascal, his sister and their friends decided to form a club – the Order of Wallatreeroos. Door to door they went, asking neighbors and friends to help TKCP establish a Conservation Area in Papua New Guinea. A successful lemonade stand on a hot day in Volunteer Park helped, too. All together, they raised more than their collective yearly allowances!
Dr. Lisa Dabek, Director of TKCP, was very impressed with the Wallatreeroo’s efforts. She recognized the siblings and their friends, Maia and Alex, at a TKCP dinner event (see photo). Guests enjoyed learning of the young philanthropists’ work and all shared passionate stories about making a difference.
Thank you to the Blumenthal-Edsforth family and the Wallatreeroos for your generous support and infectious enthusiasm to help communities take action on behalf of wildlife!
For more on the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program and their ongoing effort to match a $1 million Challenge Grant from Conservation International, see: www.zoo.org/treekangaroo/give.
Blumenthal-Edsforth family with WPZ's Senior Conservation Scientist, Dr. Lisa Dabek.