Tickets are on sale now for the wildest party of the season – Zoofari! One Wild Night 2018, presented by Brown-Forman. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to enjoy signature cocktails and cuisine, while mingling with hundreds of your closest friends, and getting nose-to-nose with Zoo animals, all for a great cause.

For the 38th consecutive year, the Friends of the Louisville Zoo will host their annual Zoofari! fundraising event on Saturday, June 9 at the Louisville Zoo. This year, the event will feature the Polar Bear as the signature animal. The entire evening will take on a Glacier Glamour theme, with attire and décor featuring icy blues, whites and pastels, transporting guests to the arctic tundra.

Each year, this event benefitting the Louisville Zoo combines elements of a traditional fundraiser with the exotic nature of the Zoo. Guests at this year’s event will enjoy arctic-inspired cuisine, signature cocktails, live music, dancing, silent and live auctions, and nose-to-nose animal encounters, in an adventurous atmosphere.

The attire for Zoofari! is as creative as the event itself. Guests are encouraged to dress in creative cocktail attire, with the theme in mind. Cocktail dresses and suits should feature icy blues, whites and pastels. Polar Bear prints and other glacier-inspired clothing is highly encouraged.

New in recent years, multiple event ticket levels are available for Zoofari! attendees. All guests will enjoy access to the Oasis Field Tent, complete with small bites, a silent auction, live music entertainment, cocktails, dancing and more.

Table sponsorships are available at varying levels, and individual dinner tickets can be purchased for $300 each. These ticket options are perfect for couples and small groups. Sponsor and dinner guests will enjoy a private cocktail hour with exclusive animal encounters, a formal plated dinner and live auction, before joining all guests inside the Oasis Field Tent for a wild party. Zoofari! will begin at 6 p.m. for sponsor and dinner guests, and the entire event ends at 11 p.m.

During the live auction, guests can “adopt” select Zoo animals for the year. The winning bidders will enjoy a special one-on-one bonding breakfast with their adopted animal and the animal’s keeper staff. Available “adoptable” animals for the Zoofari! One Wild Night 2018 live auction include Tigers, Gorillas, Giraffes, Elephants, Grizzly Bears, Pinnipeds, Orangutans, and of course the coveted signature animal, the Polar Bear.

A “Mix & Mingle” ticket option is also available for just $75, perfect for young professionals and those new to the event. Mix & Mingle attendees will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and animal encounters before joining all guests inside the Oasis Field Tent. This is a great way to experience Zoofari for the first time or with a large group of friends. This ticket level was designed to make Zoofari! accessible to more Zoo patrons. Mix & Mingle at Zoofari! will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will last until the event ends.

All guests will have the chance to engage with Zoo keepers and enjoy animal encounters, which is a unique experience that is exclusive to Zoofari! The Mix & Mingle cocktail hour will take place in Glacier Run, where guests will have access to see the Polar Bear, Seals, Sea Lions and Grizzly Bears at the Louisville Zoo.

The Zoofari! silent auction will run throughout the evening in the Oasis Field Tent. Silent auction items include everything from Zoo merchandise, to wine and spirits, one-of-a-kind experiences and more. A few of the featured items up for bid in this year’s silent auction are behind-the-scenes Zoo tours, a VIP parking spot at the Zoo for a year, rare Bourbons and many more.

Proceeds from Zoofari! directly support the Louisville Zoo’s mission of “bettering the bond between people and our planet” through awarding winning exhibitions and education programs. Event proceeds will support exhibit projects, animal welfare and enrichment, species conservation, and science education for people of all ages.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 9 at the Louisville Zoo, located at 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213. For sponsor and dinner guests, the event will begin at 6 p.m. Mix & Mingle guests are welcome to arrive beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event ends at 11 p.m. for all guests. Complimentary valet parking will be available. Friends of the Louisville Zoo ask that all guests enjoy Zoofari! responsibly, and take taxis or use ride share services, if they choose to consume alcohol at the event.

This event is for those ages 21+ only. No children or infants will be permitted to attend, under any circumstances.

To learn more about Zoofari! or to purchase tickets, visit

To stay up-to-date with all Zoofari! happenings, be sure to follow the event on Facebook at

General questions about this event can be directed to the Friends of the Louisville Zoo at [email protected].

The Friends of the Louisville Zoo is looking forward to Zoofari! One Wild Night 2018 and hope to see you there! Thank you for supporting the Louisville Zoo!

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The Friends of the Louisville Zoo is proud to host their 38th annual Zoofari! event on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Louisville Zoo. As the largest annual fund-raising event benefiting the Zoo, guests can again expect the opportunity to be up close and personal with the Zoo’s animals while also enjoying hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet sit-down dinner, themed cocktails, a silent auction, the opportunity to adopt an animal during the live auction, music entertainment and the company of friends and colleagues from around the community.


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