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Thrive 2015



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

6:00 p.m.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Featuring Guest Speaker and Conservation Leadership Award Honoree
Dr. Rodrigo Medellín
“The Bat Man of Mexico” 


Thrive Leadership Awards is an awards dinner and fundraiser that bring together close to 300 Puget Sound region business and community leaders, as well as conservation leaders and local philanthropists, giving them an “inside glimpse” in to what makes Woodland Park Zoo a valued community asset. This event raises over $300,000, critical funds needed to support the zoo’s exemplary animal care program, wildlife conservation projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, hands-on environmental learning for all ages, and action-centered programs that engage communities in protecting wildlife and living landscapes. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, February 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Seattle.

Guest speaker and inaugural Conservation Leadership Award honoree, Dr. Rodrigo Medellín, has dedicated his life to the study and conservation of bats and other mammals. Rodrigo is a celebrated Senior Professor at the National University of Mexico’s Institute of Ecology, has produced over 200 publications, and works with projects and students in 16 countries on all five continents. Rodrigo’s research seeks to inform and orient policy and decision-making in conservation. In 2014, the BBC produced a multi-awarded film chronicling his life and conservation work, entitled “The Bat Man of Mexico.”

During this exciting evening Woodland Park Zoo will honor three more individuals and/or organizations within our zoo community who, by seeing animals up close in award-winning, naturalistic settings, and learning about the zoo’s numerous conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, have been inspired to protect animals and the environment around them. These individuals and organizations have taken extraordinary action to help further Woodland Park Zoo’s mission of conservation.

Tickets to this event start at $250.


Why Attend / Support Thrive?

For 117 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, and zoos help drive people’s emotions to care about animals and be moved to conservation action.

Thrive Leadership Awards is a key fundraiser for Woodland Park Zoo. All funds raised at this event are used to support the daily work of the zoo and its programs, which include:

  • Maintaining excellence in animal care and cutting-edge animal health

  • Naturalistic exhibit design which enhance experiences for both animals AND guests

  • All-ages environmental education programs that engage members of the community in conservation and science-learning

  • Partnerships with field conservation programs locally and around the world, aimed at saving endangered species and their habitats


For more information or to RSVP, please contact:

Bridget Dolan, Thrive Manager