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Special thanks to Willow Run Greenhouse Corp. for providing all of our plants at ZooFari.

Thanks to Bloomery Plantation for providing cocktails at the Pre-party reception.

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ZooFari VIP Experiences

Donor Table Experience

Get ready for a great new experience at ZooFari 2013! We’ve put together an exclusive experience that combines tables in an exotic setting, specialty drinks and desserts, animal encounters, and Zoo tours. This is a terrific way to enrich your ZooFari experience. You and your guests will enjoy unique entertainment and culinary treats within a comfortable rainforest-themed oasis in the heart of the ZooFari party.

We are offering the new donor table experience in two packages. Each package includes valet parking, Zoo tour options, a table in the exclusive Rainforest Oasis, a sommelier offering wine sampling, celebrity chef appearances, animal encounters, and live music! You and your guests may indulge your sweet tooth at the new action dessert station, where chefs will prepare dramatic flambé-type desserts for you, along with gourmet chocolate tastings, and a dedicated bar with specialty drinks.

Your donor table also provides the opportunity to attend our pre-ZooFari cocktail reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Representatives from the Bloomery Plantation will discuss their handcrafted, artisanal fruit liqueurs. Along with providing tastings of their homegrown cordials, like limoncello and dark chocolate raspberry, they'll also introduce guests to their unique farm-to-table approach. In addition, guests will enjoy special hors d'oeuvres from some of the area's premier restaurants and celebrity chefs!

In addition to your exclusive table experience, you will have access to the LivingSocial Lion Lounge. This party area is reserved for premium ticket holders, and offers a private bar, dessert, and entertainment for you and your guests, all while viewing our great cats.

Table packages are available at two levels:

Premier Conservationist Experience

$7,000 donation

This package includes access to the exclusive Rainforest Oasis (table area) with recognition outside the area and at your sponsored table, pre-ZooFari cocktail reception (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.), 14 ZooFari tickets, seven valet parking passes, and access to the LivingSocial Lion Lounge. Perhaps best of all, this package also includes a private animal encounter and special-access exhibit tour led by a Smithsonian's National Zoo curator, to be conducted before the pre-ZooFari cocktail reception or at a later date. As a thank you, each of your guests will receive an Earth-friendly set of bamboo eating utensils. Additionally, as the table sponsor, you will receive an autographed copy of a celebrity chef cookbook. Your group's name will also appear in the ZooFari program.

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Wildlife Patron Table Package

$4,500 donation

This package provides you with access to the exclusive Rainforest Oasis (table area) with recognition outside the area and at your sponsored table, 10 ZooFari tickets, five valet parking passes, admission to the pre-ZooFari cocktail reception (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.), and access to the LivingSocial Lion Lounge. Table guests will also be invited to return to the Zoo during May or June for an interpreter-led Zoo highlights tour. As a thank you, each of your guests will receive an Earth-friendly set of bamboo eating utensils. Additionally, as the table sponsor, you will receive an autographed copy of a celebrity chef cookbook. Your group's name will also appear in the ZooFari program.

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Please note:

You must be at least 21 years old to enjoy the wines and other alcoholic beverages. Please bring a valid ID.

Due to space limitations, strollers will not be allowed.

ZooFari is a non-smoking event.

Due to the possibility of postal delays, packages and tickets purchased online after 12 p.m. on Friday, May 13, will not be mailed. Tickets purchased online after that time may be picked up before the event at the Zoo's Visitor Center (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for the day of ZooFari, when the Zoo closes at 4 p.m.) or at the Will Call table at any of the event registration points during the event.

ZooFari is held rain or shine.