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Thrive Leadership Awards

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


About Thrive

Featuring Guest Speakers and Conservation Leadership Award Honorees
Dr. K. Ullas Karanth and Dr. Krithi K. Karanth

Guy C. Phinney Corporate Leadership Award Honoree
Microsoft Corporation

Thrive Leadership Awards is an awards dinner and fundraiser that brings 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. During this exciting evening (February 27, 2018) at the Four Seasons Seattle, Woodland Park Zoo will honor the local and international leaders who help make our wildlife conservation mission possible. Dr. K. Ullas Karanth and Dr. Krithi K. Karanth, our keynote speakers and 2018 Conservation Leadership Award honorees, have dedicated their lives to wildlife conservation in complementary ways. Originally trained as an engineer, Dr. K. Ullas Karanth changed careers to pursue his passion for wildlife. A pioneer in rigorous ecological studies of tigers and developing camera trap surveys, Karanth has also combined his science with pragmatic conservation solutions to create more space for wild nature to thrive in crowded India. Dr. Krithi K. Karanth’s research in India encompasses the complex human dimensions of wildlife conservation, including mammal extinctions, tourism trends, human-wildlife conflicts, and resource and land use change around Indian parks. This father-daughter force is blazing a path for conservation professionals the world over.

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Sat. March 31, 2018 
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hop, skip and jump to Woodland Park Zoo for the 17th annual Bunny Bounce, featuring amazing egg hunts for children ages 1–8, crafts, bunny encounters and eggs-citing zoo programs throughout the day. Space may be limited. Each egg hunt is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Orangutans, lemurs, grizzlies, and more nibble on specially made Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats. The special treats are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals. The safe activities help encourage natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo guests.

Egg Hunts

Egg hunts for ages 3 and under at the Picnic Shelter near the North Meadow: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Egg hunts for ages 3-5 and 6-8 in the North Meadow: every 30 mins. 10:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Schedule of Events:

10:00 a.m. – Jaguar
10:00 a.m. – Lions
10:45 a.m. – Snow Leopards
11:30 a.m. – Kunekune Pigs
11:30 a.m. – River Otters
11:45 a.m. – Asian Small–clawed Otters
12:00 p.m. – Grizzlies
1:00 p.m. – Anoa
1:00 p.m. – Sloth Bears
1:00 p.m. – Ring–tailed Lemurs (weather dependent)
1:30 p.m. – Red Ruffed Lemurs (weather dependent)
1:30 p.m. – Meerkats
1:30 p.m. – Visayan Warty Pigs
2:00 p.m. – Penguins
2:30 p.m. – Wallaroos and Wallabies

Spring Safari


Sat. - Sun., April 14, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate the African Savanna and the amazing animals that live there during Spring Safari: African Wildlife Conservation Day. Attend educational keeper talks and special enrichment sessions to learn more about issues such as illegal wildlife poaching and habitat loss, and how your choices and actions can help save giraffe, lions, gorillas and other critical savanna animals.

Schedule of Events

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April 20 – October 7, 2018

Led by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the National Geographic Photo Ark project aims to document every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. Open your eyes to the beauty and wonder we can #SaveTogether as you take in 56 stunning animal portraits displayed across Woodland Park Zoo. Free with zoo admission or membership.