February 27, 2019 | Fremont Studios | 6:00 p.m.

Featuring Conservation Leadership Award Honoree

Chris Morgan






Stand Together for Wildlife

Thrive brings together 400 Puget Sound region business, community and conservation leaders, and local philanthropists to celebrate the mission of Woodland Park Zoo and action to save wildlife and their wild places. We need nature and nature needs us. Discover the innovations behind saving species, ignite your passions and act with us toward renewal.

At this keystone Woodland Park Zoo fundraising event, meet the field conservation scientists who are saving species and applaud people and corporations who are investing in sustainability and conservation locally and around the world. Thrive attendees contribute more than $300,000 in the critical funds needed to support the zoo’s field conservationists and save species in the wild.



Celebrating Conservation Leadership

Thrive 2019 will honor the work of adventurer and ecologist Chris Morgan. Over the last 20+ years Chris has worked as a wildlife researcher, wilderness guide, and environmental educator on every continent where bears exist. Western Wildlife Outreach (WWO) Founder and Senior Advisor Chris Morgan has partnered with Woodland Park Zoo to impart accurate information about imperiled species and the recovery process in a non-advocacy environment. WWO’s work dispels misperceptions to change attitudes and behavior in ways that enhance coexistence with these remarkable animals. Chris debuted his book and accompanying PBS special "Bears of the Last Frontier" chronicling his journey by motorcycle across more than 4,000 miles of Alaskan territory documenting North America’s brown (grizzly) bears, black bears and polar bears. Each year WWO and WPZ team up to offer Bear Affair: Living Northwest Conservation Day, an annual event at Woodland Park Zoo that shares information about several wildlife species in the Northwest and emphasizes safety in bear country.


Honoring Conservation Leaders

2019 Conservation Leadership Award Honoree Chris Morgan
2019 Guy C. Phinney Corporate Leadership Award Honoree BECU
2019 Outstanding Philanthropic Leader Honoree Rose Orr
2019 Youth Conservation Award Honoree Nazma Noray


These honorees are inspired to take extraordinary action to protect animals and the environment around them because of their relationship with Woodland Park Zoo, sustainability priorities and knowledge of our worldwide conservation efforts.



Photos by: Chris Morgan and Brenda Phillips





Unable to attend Thrive but want to support your zoo?

Gifts of all sizes make a difference!

Research reveals that people are healthier, happier, and perhaps even smarter and more creative when they are connected to nature. Simply put, nature makes us more human.

Woodland Park Zoo offers 92 lush green acres, buzzing with the energy of more than 300 animal species from around the planet, right here in the heart of our booming city.

As Seattle evolves as a dynamic urban center, we need your help to ensure our zoo remains an oasis for nature play and rediscovering our humanity by connecting with animals that share our planet. Your support enables Woodland Park Zoo to lead more than 1.3 million visitors each year on a journey that inspires a lifelong love of animals, makes science come alive and helps people take conservation action.

Thank you!



Your support enables Woodland Park Zoo to lead more than 1.3 million visitors each year on a journey that inspires a lifelong love of animals, makes science come alive and helps people take conservation action. As part of your sponsorship, you can bring your brand to the zoo’s combined reach of more than 30 million impressions annually. Woodland Park Zoo’s social media includes 150,000 Facebook followers, 36,000 Instagram followers, 29,000 Twitter followers more than 30 million YouTube video views and LinkedIn advertising. Woodland Park Zoo also has the largest membership base among Puget Sound museum and cultural attractions with more than 40,500 members.


Sponsorship Benefits

Through Thrive sponsorship, your company can align its corporate social responsibility goals and receive many other benefits such as:

  • Your company logo / name included on event collateral, including save-the-date and invitation mailing sent to over 3,000 community and philanthropic leaders in the Puget Sound region.
  • Sponsor logo / name recognition integrated into signage and video screens at Thrive
  • Sponsor company logos / names included in event advertisements, including two in MyZoo quarterly membership magazine (40,000 print readership).
  • Company logo / name recognition integrated strategically in social media event promotion, earned media materials and e-newsletters to our membership base.
  • Company invitation to join us for the big event, which is attended by close to 300 regional business leaders, philanthropists and community movers-and-shakers. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with some of our region’s most influential community members.
  • An invite for your company’s employees to Woodland Park Zoo with a complimentary zoo membership for event sponsors, special invites to Wild at Heart donor events, and complimentary admission tickets to share with your employees or clients!
  • Tickets to the hottest summer concert series in town, ZooTunes.
  • Several sponsorship levels include VIP animal encounters which bring you eye-to-eye with the zoo’s most iconic residents.



See list of traditional Thrive sponsorship benefits

For more information regarding sponsorship, please contact:
Susan Bell, Corporate Engagement Officer     |     206.548.2439     |

Thrive Sponsors