Thrive 2015


Thrive 2016

March 8, 2016 7:30 – 9 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m.)
The Westin Hotel
1900 5th Avenue Seattle, Washington, 98101


What is Thrive?

Woodland Park Zoo’s annual spring fundraiser, Thrive, brings together over 500 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 $300,000, critical funds needed to support the zoo’s animal care and naturalistic exhibits, worldwide wildlife conservation efforts and educational programming for all ages.

Thrive 2016 is Tuesday March 8th at 7:30 a.m. at The Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.

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.

Our breakfast guests will learn how Woodland Park Zoo’s department of Animal Health is on the cutting edge of new treatments for the animals in our care. WPZ also has medical partnerships across the world, helping both humans and their environments stay healthy.

Did you know that golden retrievers get breast cancer? So do jaguars, kangaroos and beluga whales!

Our guest speaker, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her book Zoobiquity springs from a simple but revelatory fact: Animals and humans get the same diseases. Zoobiquity explores how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species.

We will discover how the health of the world’s animals, landscapes and people are all interconnected, while sharing some fascinating stories from Woodland Park Zoo’s Animal Health Department.

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What does it cost to attend Thrive?

There is no charge to attend Thrive 2016. 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.