Virtual Event on November 18, 2020
7:00 p.m.



Registration Opening Late September!

If you purchased tickets for the event prior to its postponement, you will be automatically registered for the virtual event. Ticket purchasers will receive an email with the option to donate the cost of your ticket or request a refund.


Featuring Conservation Leadership Award Honoree

Lisa Dabek, PhD


Celebrating Conservation Leadership

Thrive 2020 co-chairs Warren Brown, EdD, and Patti Savoy invite you to support wildlife conservation with Woodland Park Zoo.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in many ways. The planet and its people have shown great resiliency during these challenging times. As we see the positive environmental impacts of changing human behavior, we must think about how we can carry this momentum forward for the benefit of people and animals everywhere.

Restrictions on travel and social distancing protocols have forced Woodland Park Zoo’s field conservation scientists to refocus their work and think in new and creative ways to continue saving wildlife. Thrive attendees contribute critical funds needed to support the zoo’s field conservationists and save species and habitats in the Pacific Northwest, Papua New Guinea and around the world.

Thrive 2020 honors world renowned conservationist Lisa Dabek, PhD, Woodland Park Zoo Senior Conservation Scientist and Director of the Papua New Guinea Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program. In 1994, Lisa first traveled to Papua New Guinea to study the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo.

Today, the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program is a model community-based conservation initiative that created the first-ever official Conservation Area in Papua New Guinea. Covering nearly 187,000 acres, the YUS Conservation Area has brought together 50 communities and more than 14,000 rural landowners to protect their cloud forests, wildlife and even coastal coral reefs.


Honoring Conservation Leaders

We hope you will join us in recognizing the following honorees who are inspired to take extraordinary action to protect animals and the environment around them.

2020 Conservation Leadership Award Honoree Lisa Dabek, PhD
2020 Guy C. Phinney Corporate Leadership Award Sound Community Bank 
2020 Outstanding Philanthropic Leader Maggie Walker
2020 Emerging Conservationist Elisabeth Leung


Why Support Thrive?

Together, we can work toward a future of healthy forests that benefit people and animals everywhere. Join our global community of advocates saving species and inspiring everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives. All funds raised at Thrive will further the work of our conservation scientists who save species and habitats in Papua New Guinea and around the world.




Unable to attend Thrive but want to support your zoo?

Gifts of all sizes make a difference. Thank you!







YYour 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.


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 email communications and the zoo’s website
  • On-screen sponsor logo / name recognition during the live program
  • Company logo / name recognition integrated strategically in social media and advertising
  • An invite for your company’s employees to Woodland Park Zoo with a complimentary zoo membership for event sponsors and complimentary admission tickets to share with your employees or clients!


For more information regarding sponsorship, please contact:

Susan Bell, Corporate Engagement Officer, 206.548.2439 or

Thrive Sponsors