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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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Historic Carousel Celebrates 100th Birthday!

Thursday, June 28, 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Remarks by Linda and Tom Allen and relighting of the carousel: 6:30 p.m.

Free carousel rides: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The celebration will take place on the North Meadow and will include a short program including a relighting of the carousel, guest speakers to talk about the carousel's history, a complimentary dessert for the first 500 guests and "carouselfie" opportunities with a carousel horse. Free rides on the carousel will be offered throughout the evening starting at 6:30. Guests are encouraged to tag pics with #WPZcarousel100 and #woodlandparkzoo to share their memories and celebrate the 100th birthday of the carousel!

Free with zoo admission or membership.


Saturday & Sunday, June 30 - July 1

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

It’s an animal-style picnic as hippos, otters, grizzlies, and other Woodland Park Zoo animal residents indulge in star-shaped popsicles, watermelon, corn on the cob, and other picnic fare

The Fourth of July-themed 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.

Free with zoo admission or membership.

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. Anoa
10:00 a.m. Maned Wolves
10:00 a.m. Lions
10:30 a.m. Snow Leopards (Sunday only)
11:00 a.m. Hippos
11:00 a.m. Rhinos
11:30 a.m. Grizzlies (Saturday only)
Noon River Otters (Sunday only)
1:00 p.m. Visayan Warty Pigs (Sunday only)
1:30 p.m. Kunekune Pigs
1:30 p.m. Ambassador Animals at Alvord Broadleaf Theater
2:00 p.m. Red Ruffed Lemurs
2:00 p.m. Ring-tailed Lemurs
2:00 p.m. Wolves (Saturday only)
3:00 p.m. Meerkats



July 5, 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Woodland Park Zoo believes the zoo should be inclusive for all. To celebrate its commitment to inclusion, the zoo will host its first Zoo for All event to acknowledge and honor families and individuals from the special needs and inclusion communities.

Features of Zoo for All:

  • Additional accessible parking spaces
  • New zoo map to help identify quieter and less heavily trafficked locations
  • A reconfiguration of Zoomazium’s nature play space to make it suitable for children with autism and other sensory disorders
  • Potential opening of the long-awaited Seattle Sensory Garden, an addition to the zoo’s Rose Garden designed for those with and without disabilities to enjoy. The new garden includes a variety of elements for guests to touch and explore, including deep-toned wind chimes, temple bells, and guiros—rectangular wooden posts with slots that create noise when touched. There is also an accessible paved pathway, special sensory-friendly carpeting, and raised beds to make for easier interaction with the variety of trees, shrubs and bulbs planted throughout the garden

In addition, families will be encouraged to join in a community bring-your-own lunch celebration on the zoo’s North Meadow. Because Zoo for All falls during the zoo’s new Evening Zoo event, the zoo will be open past normal closing hours until 8:30 p.m.

Zoo for All has been made possible through guidance from nonprofit partners in the community, including the Arc of King County, Special Olympics USA Games, Northwest Center and others. These organizations will have booths at the zoo throughout the day to provide information about their services.

Zoo for All is part of Woodland Park Zoo’s greater commitment to making the zoo a place of inclusion in which people of all backgrounds and abilities feel welcome and inspired to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Free with zoo admission or membership.



Experience the wild wonders of Evening Zoo after hours until 8:30 p.m.

Dates: June 21 and 28, July 5, 19 and 26, and August 1

Enjoy the zoo and its wildlife residents on a beautiful summer evening. Take a stroll throughout the zoo and be sure to stop in at Molbak’s Butterfly Garden, Tropical Rain Forest and Willawong Station. An assortment of food and beverages will be available for purchase. Ambassador animal presentations and discovery stations with biofacts and nature-inspired activities are among the Evening Zoo offerings on the spacious North Meadow. Make it a date night or a special evening for the family!

Evening Zoo costs regular zoo admission or is free for zoo members.