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Friday, September 10, 2021

7 p.m. to midnight
• Ages 21+ only • Rain or shine event

The Zoo's Most Important Fundraiser of the Year

The Zoo's most anticipated fundraiser—an adults-only, creative-black-tie evening with music and unlimited food and drinks—is back! Proceeds from ZOOFARI 2021 presented by Wells Fargo support the Saint Louis Zoo and its conservation efforts here and around the world.

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Our Zoo Values Safety

To provide a safe and memorable experience for all, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols* and procedures, including:

  • Expanded, primarily outdoor event
  • Tables spaced accordingly throughout the Zoo
  • Masks/face coverings are required indoors for all guests, including those who are vaccinated
  • Guests not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks/face coverings both indoors and outdoors

*All protocols and procedures are subject to change based on recommendations and guidelines from the St. Louis City Department of Health and CDC.

Food, Drinks, Music & More


Delicious Cuisine & Adult Beverages

Roam around the Zoo and discover a variety of unlimited sweet and savory dishes at food stations around the Zoo. Catering is provided by the Zoo's executive chef and culinary team. Grab your drink of choice at one of our premium open bars serving beer, wine and specialty cocktails.

Restaurant vendors will not be at ZOOFARI this year. With the help of Wells Fargo, we will have fundraising activities at the event to help support local St. Louis restaurants and small businesses. 


  • Salmon with crawfish sauce
  • Vegan tacos
  • Beef sliders
  • Cocktail shrimp
  • Burrata and marinated tomato salad
  • Pulled pork mac 'n cheese
  • Caprese sandwiches
  • Mini bratwurst
  • Fried chicken and waffles
  • Pot stickers
  • Brisket sandwiches
  • Paw print pretzels

Special Fundraising Activities

Participate in special fundraising activities:

  • Painted Dog Wine & Spirits Pull
  • Kendra Scott Color Bar™ experience
  • St. Louis Gift Card Pull supporting past ZOOFARI restaurant participants and other local small businesses

Fabulous Entertainment

Stroll around the Zoo to the beat of live, local and socially distanced musical entertainment featuring:

  • The Fabulous Motown Revue

  • Miss Jubilee

  • Mo Egeston

  • Usual Suspects

  • Wax Museum

  • DJ Chris Brown

  • DJ Micro

Zoo Attractions

Take a spin on the Conservation Carousel, ride the Zooline Railroad or visit Dinoroarus

Zoo animals turn in earlier than party animals; therefore, animal exhibits and attractions are not open during ZOOFARI.

What to Wear

ZOOFARI is a fusion of formal and fun! Get creative with tuxedo jackets with shorts, festive dresses with bold animal prints and bright colors, and comfortable footwear.


General Admission Tickets

Ticket sales closed at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, September 9

  • $200 per person for Zoo Members

  • $250 per person for non-members

Advance tickets are required. No tickets available at the door. 

Tickets are non-refundable. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Event will be held rain or shine.

Free Parking

  • General Admission ticket holders: Park in North Lot on Government Drive or South Lot on Wells Drive
  • Leaping Lemur and Flapping Flamingo ticket holders: Park in North Lot on Government Drive 
  • Swimming Sea Lion, Jumping Jaguar and Playful Penguin ticket holders: Park in South Lot on Wells Drive

ZOOFARI 2021 Sponsors

(as of August 4, 2021) 

Leader of the PackWells Fargo 

Conservation Champion featuring the African painted dog: The Centene Charitable Foundation 

Plunging Polar BearEmerson 

Musical EntertainmentU.S. Bank 

Tip of the Iceberg: World Wide Technology 

VIP Reception: Anheuser-Busch 

Gentle Giraffe:

  • Jackie and Randy Baker
  • Bayer
  • Mid America Chevy Dealers 

Playful Penguin:

  • Alberici
  • Ameren
  • AT&T
  • Kevin Beckmann Charitable Trust
  • James Berges and Elizabeth Mannen Berges
  • The Boeing Company
  • Cequel III
  • David B. Lichtenstein Foundation
  • Edward Jones
  • First Bank
  • Graybar
  • Harbour Group
  • Lighting Associates, LLC
  • Roofers Mart
  • Sandberg Phoenix
  • Thompson Coburn LLP
  • Together Credit Union

ZOOFARI 2021 Chairs & Committee


  • Angie Schaefer, Safety National
  • Joe Ambrose, First Bank

Steering & Full Committee

Share Your Zoofari Experience!

Tag the Saint Louis Zoo (@stlzoo) on social media with your pics and videos 
#StlZoo #StlZoofari #Zoofari21

Protecting the Painted Dog

Conflict with humans, particularly with livestock farmers, is a primary reason for large predator population decline. The Zoo supports a partnering organization that uses innovative research methods to learn more about scent marking in African painted dogs. Using artificial scent marking as a deterrent to cross livestock boundaries may be key to enabling coexistence between humans and multiple predator species. We would like to thank The Centene Charitable Foundation for its support as our Conservation Champion Sponsor.