Save the date for Jungle Party 2022

Friday, July 8, 2022

Woodland Park Zoo’s North Meadow

2021 Fund-Our-Future

Thank you for your support of Jungle Party 2021!
Check back to learn about the 2022 Jungle Party Fund-Our-Future focus in early 2022!


2022 Fund-Our-Future to be announced in early 2022


Rick and Nancy make Alvord Broadleaf Theater a Reality

If you regularly attend Jungle Party, or enjoyed roaming the zoo and admiring your surroundings, the name "Alvord" might ring a bell.

For decades, Rick and Nancy Alvord and their family have been intertwined with our zoo family, not only giving to make our zoo stronger for everyone in our community to enjoy, but also of their time and leadership to help us grow as a conservation and education institution. In fact, it is thanks to Rick Alvord and other great friends of the zoo that our Woodland Park Zoo endowment exists today!

The Alvord Broadleaf Theater, another of Rick and Nancy's lasting impacts at Woodland Park Zoo, is enjoyed by kids of every age. Twice a day, the zoo's Ambassador Animals like Skyanna the porcupine and Lucy the raccoon bring the theater to life, delighting zoo guests and helping children develop empathy for animals. When not on stage at the Alvord Broadleaf Theater, our Ambassador Animals also visit schools, community centers and libraries throughout our region in our Mobile Zoo, providing zoo experiences for kids who may not otherwise visit the zoo.

Rick and Nancy’s support of our zoo and our Ambassador Animal program demonstrates their belief in the power of our mission to delight, empower and bring people and families together. Thank you, Rick and Nancy, for making our family part of yours, and for inspiring all of us with your philanthropy.


Family Traditions and Woodland Park Zoo

Like many of our Jungle Party family members, Howard Behar grew up visiting Woodland Park Zoo.

"My father owned a market on 45th Street in Wallingford. He worked long hours, seven days a week, so our family never had the opportunity to take vacations. To young me, a trip to the zoo felt like a vacation! I remember as a child collecting bananas from my Dad's grocery store, visiting the zoo and throwing the bananas to the inhabitants of Monkey Island (which is now called Lemur Island and banana throwing isn't allowed). The zoo had an indelible impact on me as a child. Now that I have grandchildren, I love to witness the wonder of the zoo through their eyes and inspire them to protect our planet to share it with people and animals."

Howard and his spouse, Lynn, began their support of the zoo through membership purchases dating back to the beginning of sales. Since then, they have been loyal supporters of the zoo, contributing to the funding of early learning programs, exhibits and the Ambassador Animal program.

When asked why he continues to support the zoo, Howard says "I want this place to be here for my grandchildren and their grandchildren. I aspire to teach them to develop character by doing acts of kindness. I want everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives and save this beautiful planet of ours for generations to come".


The Power of Community

Because of the support and generosity of nearly 16,000 individuals, in 2013 Woodland Park Zoo exceeded its $80 million More Wonder More Wild campaign goal by raising more than $83.5 million!

During the eight-year campaign, our community experienced the deepest recession since the Great Depression. But world events continued to illustrate the urgent need to save our planet’s wildlife and habitats, to create a future in which animals and people can co-exist and thrive together. So, with passion and commitment, Woodland Park Zoo continued to tell our story. Our animals continued to provide the wonder and joy that we all experience when we visit the zoo. And our community continued to show their generous support!

This campaign helped build wonderful new exhibit experiences: Zoomazium; the Historic Carousel; flamingos and meerkats; the award-winning Humboldt penguin exhibit and West Entrance; and the Asian Tropical Forest Initiative featuring the Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit.

The power of community was demonstrated then and continues to be shown now. The Woodland Park Zoo community continues to ensure that the zoo remains a cornerstone of the Pacific Northwest for generations to come.



Founded more than a century ago, Woodland Park Zoo has long been a cornerstone for the Seattle community. Generation after generation can recall fond memories of time spent with their family and friends, wandering along the zoo’s many paths and iconic animal exhibits.

Building Community from the Beginning

Since the City of Seattle’s purchase of the small menagerie on Guy Phinney’s sprawling Woodland Park estate in 1899, community support has enabled Woodland Park Zoo to evolve and thrive for over a century.

Among the first notable fundraising efforts in support of Woodland Park Zoo were penny drives in the 1920's and 1930's. Children from throughout the community came together to donate thousands of dollars in support of the animals at the zoo, providing funding for the food and care.

From the penny drives to the formation of the Woodland Park Zoological Society, community support continued to propel Woodland Park Zoo forward. Since the Society’s founding in 1965, millions of dollars of private support have been raised to form the zoo as we know it today.

Exhibits like The Living Northwest Trail, Trail of Vines, Jaguar Cove, Humbolt Penguins and Banyan Wilds have all been funded by private support over the last several decades. Children and adults alike enjoy these captivating and inspiring exhibits, the historic carousel and Zoomazium due to the impact of private funding from generations past, present and future.

Woodland Park Zoo Today

2020 was devastating for too many — people and wildlife alike. But this zoo, and our community, did more than just hold on. Forced to close our doors during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we maintained world-class care for our animals, putting their health and happiness before anything else, thanks to the commitment of our donors. With the commitment and dedication of our staff, we found safe ways to offer a green haven for our community, and a source of beauty and healing, in a year of turmoil.

As Woodland Park Zoo rebuilds, we are thinking with equal care about what animals and people most need. Washington’s communities and families have shown immense resilience during the past year. The zoo should be a place of healing and hope, a respite and a source of inspiration. Washington relies on Woodland Park Zoo as a place where residents can find joy and expand their capacity for care.

You Are the Future

Woodland Park Zoo sparks delight, discovery and unforgettable memories for generations of Northwest families. People who experience the wonders of the natural world are inspired to protect it. That's why every year we lead more than one million people on a journey that inspires a lifelong love of animals, makes science come alive, and gives people the tools to take conservation action.

Your gifts ensure that the zoo will remain an accessible community cornerstone for generations to come while promoting and furthering conservation work around the world and inspiring everyone who visits the zoo to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Thank You

Your Fund Our Future investment will help ensure Woodland Park Zoo’s continuity as an icon of caring for our community and ability to provide lifelong memories for generations.

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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