Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.
It’s a Jungle out there…And everyday there is a fight for survival. As most of you near and dear to me know, I am a child advocate. I will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of our at risk youth,, however, this year, another species is calling and I have joined my “sisters” to answer their call. Yesterday, at the Woodland Park Zoo Thrive breakfast, the announcement was made that WPZ Board Member, Patti Savoy has joined forces with 10 of her “sisters”, Shal Foster, Stacy Lil, Stacy Jones, Fredda Goldfarb, Cindy Benezra, Deborah Adams-Anderson, Susan Johnson, Nicole Knowles, Sheila Otter, and me, Dana Frank to chair the annual summer wildly fun fling, Jungle Party at the Woodland Park Zoo!
Again, my efforts have always been directed at children, however, when I sat at the Thrive breakfast yesterday morning, and learned about deforestation, how animals such as our precious Tigers, (there are now estimated less than 2500 left in the wild), I was proud to show my stripes.
I also was educated on other at risk animals, such as one of my personal favorites the orangutan. Ever since I was a child, my visit to any zoo was not complete without seeing these exclusively Asian species of extant great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found in only the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Orangutans are among the most intelligent primates; they use a variety of sophisticated tools and construct elaborate sleeping nests each night from branches and foliage.They also take leaves and make an umbrella to cover themselves in the rain. The apes have been extensively studied for their learning abilities. There may even be distinctive cultures within populations. Both orangutan species are considered to be Endangered, with the Sumatran orangutan being Critically Endangered. Human activities have caused severe declines in the populations and ranges of both species. Threats to wild orangutan populations include poaching, habitat destruction, and the illegal pet trade. No wonder, I have always been intrigued by their likeness to us humans. Yesterday, I found out that orangutans only give birth every eight years. Hmmm, my kids are eight years apart!
My hope is that you will mark your calendars for July 10th Jungle Party and prepare to Show Your Stripes for all of our animal planet! After all… It’s a Jungle out there!
At the Thrive breakfast, we proudly unveiled our first painted Tiger for our Show Your Stripes Campaign. Soon local Seattle and East side residents will see these beautifully artistic renditions by local artist all over town.