February 27, 2018 | Four Seasons Hotel Seattle | 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.



Dear Friend,

Thank you for joining me last night to honor the extraordinary leaders igniting a movement for wildlife conservation. The Drs. Karanth, Microsoft, Floyd Jones, Inger and Allan Osberg, and Roxanne Sanders each give us great hope for achieving our vision of humans and wildlife coexisting sustainably with our planet’s precious natural resources.

Your generous philanthropy at our Thrive Leadership Awards and throughout the year empowers Woodland Park Zoo and our field conservationists to:

  • Save key species and landscapes while informing critical policy changes;
  • create extraordinary experiences with animals that inspire and empower, and are accessible and relevant for everyone; and
  • advance our bold new mission of saving wildlife and inspiring everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

If you were unable to make a gift last night, there is still an opportunity to stand together for wildlife today. I invite you to do so here. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Gary Kunis, whose 21st Century Zoo Challenge is matching gifts of $1,000 and above one to one, up to $100,000!

I need our entire community behind me to realize our bold vision together. Be inspired. Be empowered to spread the word about how Woodland Park Zoo is redefining zoos for the 21st Century. Make conservation a priority in your life. And, come see me at the zoo!


Alejandro Grajal, PhD
Woodland Park Zoo President and CEO







Thrive Day 2

Woodland Park Zoo’s young professionals network, Network for Nature (NFN), is hosting Thrive Day 2 on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Hyatt Olive 8. The event includes a networking reception and a lightning talk featuring Woodland Park Zoo's 2018 Conservation Leadership Award honorees K. Ullas Karanth, PhD and Krithi K. Karanth, PhD. The lightning talk will be paired with a panel of leading experts shedding light on how technology and conservation are coming together to save species.

Find out More about Thrive Day 2


Why Attend / Support Thrive?

Thrive Leadership Awards is a key fundraiser for Woodland Park Zoo. All funds contributed at the event will support our zoo wildlife conservationists and save species in the wild.





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 1.1+ BILLION total media reach, 150,000 Facebook fans, and 29 million YouTube video views (a number that makes Woodland Park Zoo the most viewed zoo in North America). Woodland Park Zoo also has the largest membership base among Puget Sound museum and cultural attractions with more than 40,500 members. Through Thrive Leadership Awards 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 Leadership Awards.

  • 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:
Bridget Dolan, Thrive Manager     |     206.548.2422     |

Thrive Sponsors