Friday, June 16, 2023
7 p.m. to midnight
Rain or shine

The Zoo's Most Important Fundraiser of the Year

Anyone who has attended ZOOFARI at the Saint Louis Zoo will agree that it is the best party in St. Louis. This biennial black-tie gala is a party with a purpose! Funds raised from ZOOFARI help support the Zoo's highest-priority operational and animal care needs, creating memorable experiences for families now, and for generations to come. 

Sip & Savor

Your favorite local restaurants are coming back to ZOOFARI! Enjoy specialty food from St. Louis' finest restaurants and caterers. Tastes of elegant desserts, delectable appetizers and savory main dishes will be served at animal-themed booths. Grab your drink of choice at one of our premium open bars serving beer, wine and specialty cocktails. 

Entertainment

Enjoy live, musical entertainment on the main stage and throughout the Zoo.

Zoo-themed Special Activities

There are many fun ways to enjoy the Zoo throughout the night. Go for a ride on the Conservation Carousel or Zooline Railroad. The event will feature a wine pull, jewelry station, animal-themed photo opportunities and a gift card wall supporting ZOOFARI restaurant vendors.

What to Wear

Guests are encouraged to wear fun, animal-inspired, creative black-tie attire and comfortable shoes while grazing on great food and drinks around the Zoo.

General Admission Tickets

General Admission tickets will go on sale in spring 2023.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Event will be held rain or shine. Proceeds from this biennial fundraiser benefit the Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species at home and around the world.

Sponsorship Tickets

Upgrade to one of our premier sponsorship levels and you'll receive table accommodations, early admission and recognition at the event.

Sponsorship Brochure

  • Swimming Sea Lion — $1,000 (6 p.m. to midnight)
    • 2 tickets, access to VIP Reception, table accommodations with guests at this sponsor level and a program listing
  • Leaping Lemur — $3,500 (6:30 p.m. to midnight)
    • 10 tickets, early admission, reserved table and a program listing
  • Flapping Flamingo — $5,000 (6:30 p.m. to midnight)
    • 14 tickets, early admission, reserved table and a program listing
  • Jumping Jaguar — $7,500 (6 p.m. to midnight)
    • 20 tickets, access to VIP Reception, reserved tables and a program listing
  • Playful Penguin — $10,000 (6 p.m. to midnight)
    • 20 tickets, access to VIP Reception, reserved tables, program listing and additional company recognition prior to and at the event
  • Gentle Giraffe — $20,000 (6 p.m. to midnight)
    • 26 tickets, access to VIP Reception, reserved tables, program listing and additional company recognition prior to and at the event

For additional information about sponsorship opportunities or to secure your participation, please contact Amy Zentgraf, Director of Corporate and Board Relations, at azentgraf@stlzoo.org or 314-646-4569.

Sponsorship Pledge form

Want to be a Restaurant Vendor at ZOOFARI?

There is no charge for restaurants to participate in ZOOFARI. We ask that each vendor provides appetizing bites of food/beverage to feed our party guests. In return for your participation, each restaurant receives two (2) complimentary tickets to the event, as well as name recognition in the event program and on the Zoo's website.

To become a ZOOFARI restaurant vendor, please contact specialevents@stlzoo.org.