Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications
We’re still winding down from our 34th annual Jungle Party, held last Friday on the zoo’s North Meadow with nearly a thousand zoo supporters in attendance. What a party!
Even in the heat, we enjoyed dining al fresco with up-close animal encounters and tours, while the graceful Versatile Arts aerialists entertained.
This year’s theme, “Big Claws, Big Cause,” commemorated the felines living at the zoo such as snow leopards, jaguars and Sumatran tigers. And our guests must have been inspired by the theme, because some ferocious bidding on our amazing auction items helped bring our fundraising total to $1.7 million—exceeding our goal by $300,000!
Jungle Partiers were especially moved by the animal care focus of our Fund-Our-Future effort this year, with a record-breaking $832,000 (of the $1.7 million raised) dedicated to the fund which will help us support the zoo’s exceptional animal and veterinary care and exhibit upgrades. The funds will go towards important initiatives like modernizing all animal diets, upgrading medical equipment and partnering with other communities around the world to help prevent animal-to-human emergent disease.
Big, big thanks to the community for helping to make Jungle Party such a roaring success, and to our loyal members and visitors who help support the zoo every day.
Photos by Ryan Hawk and Rachel Gray/Woodland Park Zoo.