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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Show Your Stripes Tour: Art of Conservation

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor

Conservation starts with conversation.

To save tigers, we need to get people talking about tigers.

Here at Woodland Park Zoo, we’re transforming the heart of the zoo into the new Banyan Wilds exhibit opening May 2. And now we’re bringing tiger conservation into the heart of the community too.

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

The Show Your Stripes Tour launched today at the base of the Space Needle with the unveiling of 10 tiger statues designed by local artists.

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

With fewer than 3,200 tigers left in the wild, now is the time for action. The zoo challenged each artist to select a conservation issue these endangered big cats face and bring the story to life using any media or style.

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

The results will challenge you. Inspire you. And motivate you.

Are you ready to show your stripes for tigers?

Photo by John Loughlin/Woodland Park Zoo.

Show Your Stripes

There's an art and a science to tiger conservation.

The Science
Woodland Park Zoo and Panthera, a global wild cat conservation organization, support and collaborate with local, on-the-ground tiger conservation partners in Malaysia. Together we conduct long-term tiger ecology and population research, strengthen anti-poaching activities by assisting law enforcement agencies, and build the capacity of local organizations—all aimed to conserve these critically endangered cats and the forests they need to survive. 

Every zoo visit makes this work possible, and the work must continue here in our communities to make the biggest impact.



The Art
The Show Your Stripes Tour is heading to your communities this summer. Seven of the statues will be featured in summer-long installations around Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland, while three will hit the road to show up at markets, parades and community events in your neighborhood.

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

DON’T LET THEM DISAPPEAR
by Robert MacDonald
Presented by Jungle Party Co-Chairs
Location: Space Needle/Seattle Center
Debuts: April 16, 2015

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

FROM THE ASHES
by Nathan Dean, Kent Holloway and Greg Federighi
Presented by U.S. Bank
Location: Woodland Park Zoo
Debuts: May 2, 2015

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

CAUSE AN UPROAR 
by Valerie Collymore
Presented by The Bellevue Collection
Location: Bellevue Square
Debuts: May 18, 2015

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

TRUTH IN NUMBERS
by Sherry Raisbeck
Presented by Brown Bear Car Wash
Location: Washington Convention Center
Debuts: May 11, 2015

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

A FOREST FULL
by Ryan Henry Ward
Presented by MarketPlace @ Factoria
Location: Traveling schedule

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

NOT JUST FOR RAIN
by Kelly Lyles
Presented by the Harrelson Family
Location: MOHAI
Debuts: May 13, 2015

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

KEEP THE BALANCE
by Rickie Wolfe
Presented by Morton Wealth Management of RAYMOND JAMES
Location: Traveling schedule

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

LEGENDARY
by Ian MacNeil
Presented by Kirkland Life Chiropractic
Location: Maison DeLille, Kirkland
Debuts: May 20, 2015

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

READ BETWEEN THE LINES
by Steve Jensen
Presented by Katharyn Gerlich
Location: Seattle Public Library Central Branch
Debuts: May 7, 2015

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

CONNECTED FORESTS
by Piper O’Neill
Presented by Seattle Seahawks
Location: Traveling schedule


#ihearttigers Contest

To spread the tiger love, we issue a challenge to you:

Each artist has hidden a heart on their tiger—find it, snap a photo, share using #ihearttigers and tell us why you love tigers.

Photo by Kirsten Pisto/Woodland Park Zoo.

You’ll be entered for a chance to win a private, catered breakfast with the tigers for you and four friends at Banyan Wilds. Get complete rules and prize details for the #ihearttigers contest.

Love tigers and tigers will live on.

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