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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

For the Birds

It was “For the Birds” at this year’s annual fundraiser, the always fun outdoor extravaganza known as Jungle Party, held last Friday. Many playful guests got into the spirit by donning feathers, while a flamingo-styled stilt walker danced through the crowds and a steel drum band called The Toucans set the mood.

Fabulous weather, delicious food, and up close encounters with the zoo’s raptors made the night memorable. But it’s the tremendous success of the evening’s auctions that made the night important—important to the animals at Woodland Park Zoo and to the wildlife of the world that will be helped by the conservation projects funded through this event.

This year, we raised $1.75 million! Of those contributions raised, $662,000 is specifically earmarked toward this year’s Fund-Our-Future: “Project Aves.” The project will bring additional birds to the zoo such as Chilean flamingos and Humboldt penguins, support the successful recovery of threatened bird species in the wild, and support our bird education programs at the zoo and across Washington state.

It’s always a blast to watch the spirited bidding wars during the live auction. The victors of these battles got to take home amazing items like tickets to Super Bowl XLIII and even a trip to El Salvador!

It takes a whole year to put on an event of this magnitude. So while we’re all happily celebrating our roaring success, we’ll go right back to work gearing up for next year!

Photos by Ryan Hawk.

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