October 1, 8 & 15, 2020
Noon (Pacific Standard Time)



Tune in for a three-part series when global experts join Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) staff in conversation about the intersections of animals, humans and habitats in a global pandemic.


Watch Past Episodes On Demand

Episode 3: One World

How a Human and an Animal Changed Global Health

Episode aired October 15, 2020

Panel Discussion

Darin Collins, DVM, Director of Animal Health Programs at WPZ
Erin Meyer, PhD, Director of Conservation Programs & Partnerships at Seattle Aquarium
Steven Kern, PhD, Deputy Director of Quantitative Sciences, Global Health – Integrated Development, at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Xiaoshun Zeng, PhD candidate, Department of History, China Studies Program, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Special Guests

Bob Ferguson, Washington Attorney General
Amy Dickman, PhD, Director of Ruaha Carnivore Project in Tanzania and Kaplan Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Lucas Joppa, PhD, Chief Environmental Officer at Microsoft
Kae Kawanishi, PhD, General Manager/Head of Conservation, Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers
Levi Novey, Outreach and Education Specialist at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Peter Rabinowitz MD MPH, Professor and Director at University of Washington Center for One Health Research
Kerston Swartz, Director of Government Affairs at WPZ


Episode 2: One Northwest

Species and Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

Episode aired October 8, 2020

Panel Discussion

Jay Julius, Former Chairman and Councilmember of Lummi Nation and President of the indigenous-led nonprofit Se'Si'Le
Wendy Willette, Detective with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement program
Robert Long, PhD, Senior Conservation Scientist and Director, Living Northwest Program at WPZ

Special Guests

The Honorable Sally Jewell, US Secretary of the Interior, 2013-2017
Philippe Cousteau, Founder EarthEcho International
Lisa Dabek, PhD, Senior Conservation Scientist and Director of the Papua New Guinea Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program at WPZ
Alejandro Grajal, PhD, President and CEO of WPZ
Lynda Mapes, Environment Reporter with The Seattle Times
Nora Nickum, Ocean Policy Manager at Seattle Aquarium
Modi Pontio, Associate Director, Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program – Papua New Guinea


Episode 1: One Care

Animals in Human Care and the Role of Zoos

Episode aired October 1, 2020

Panel Discussion

Bonnie Baird, PhD, Animal Welfare Scientist at WPZ
Nancy Hawkes, PhD, Director of Animal Care at WPZ
Tim Storms, DVM, Associate Veterinarian at WPZ

Special Guests

Grant Abel, Director of Life Sciences at Seattle Aquarium
Marc Ancrenaz, PhD, Scientific Director at Hutan – Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme
Dan Ashe, President and CEO of Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)
Bonnie Gunn, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health at Washington State University
Tara Harris, PhD, Director of Conservation and Science at Phoenix Zoo, Coordinator of AZA Tiger Species Survival Plan and Tiger Conservation Campaign
Wai Yee Lam, Chief Operations Officer at Rimba
Rachel Salant, Curator, Behavioral Husbandry & Ambassador Animals at WPZ
Tara Stoinski, PhD., President and CEO/Chief Scientific Officer of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund




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Resources for School and Family Learners

The connection between humans and animals has never been more timely or demonstrably impactful than now. People around the world have the shared experience of a zoonotic disease, the origins of which can be traced to wildlife and wildlife trafficking. Woodland Park Zoo will help bring these issues into focus and lead discussions about how the relationship between humans and animals is directly linked to the current state of the world. This unique online series offers perspective, education and solutions to major challenges in wildlife conservation and global health.

To continue the discussion in your school or family learning setting, use the discussion guides designed for middle and high school students to prompt reflection and sharing. The guides will be available beginning Oct. 1 here:


Conservation Action


You can support the conservation programs you’ll learn about and take action for wildlife in your own lives.


Be informed. Buy informed.

Successful conservation efforts begin with education, empathy and wise consumer choices. Many endangered species are poached and trafficked for their parts. When travelling abroad, always choose souvenirs that don’t harm animals. Avoid elephant ivory, rhino horn, turtle shell and all other trafficked wildlife.

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Preserve Habitat and Resources

When we take resources unsustainably from habitats, not only do we threaten wildlife, but we also create vulnerabilities that can be exploited by wildlife traffickers and black market traders. Choose to shop for forest-friendly products such as those that use certified sustainable palm oil or Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. Your consumer choices can create demand for ethical, transparent and sustainable markets.

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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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