Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Thanks to our lead sponsor:


Thanks to our generous sponsors:

94.7 Fresh

Big Bus Tours

Capital One Bank

Celebrity Cruises



Goose Island


Rosenthal Jaguar/Land Rover




Washington Post


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

Thank you to La Prima Catering for providing the staff and volunteer meals.

Smithsonian Campaign Goals

ZooFari, presented by GEICO®
Thursday, May 14, 2015
6:30 - 9:30PM


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Join us May 14 for a fundraiser you can really sink your teeth into. With more than 100 of the area's top restaurants it will be a delicious evening of gourmet food, fine wines, and celebrity chefs all in the wild setting of the National Zoo.

Members: You must first enter your FONZ Member Number in the Promo Code field to access discounted tickets. FONZ will absorb any online ticket fees for members for this year's ZooFari.

Look for this box near the bottom of the ticket sales page.

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Ticket Information

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FONZ Members: $160
Non-members: $200

Tickets are non-refundable.

FONZ members get the best price! Join today!

VIP Packages

Premier Package: $7,500

Benefits: Your table hosted by a National Zoo animal care specialist with special seating area outside the Premier Pavilion; 10 VIP tickets with 5 valet parking passes; admission to Premier Pavilion, private BTS tour at animal exhibit; admission to ZooFari VIP cocktail pre-party; access to LivingSocial Lion Lounge; listing on donor board outside Pavilion; recognition in ZooFari event program. Plus, a special surprise ZooFari gift for table buyer.

*Table hosts at this level include Brandie Smith, Senior Curator of giant pandas, Don Neiffer, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, and Steve Monfort, Director and Chief Scientist of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI).

Conservationist Package: $5,000 Early Bird,
$5,500after March 15

Benefits: 10 VIP tickets with 5 valet parking passes; admission to Premier Pavilion; private BTS tour at animal exhibit; admission to ZooFari VIP cocktail pre-party; access to LivingSocial Lion Lounge; listing on donor board outside Premier Pavilion; recognition in ZooFari event program.

Wildlife Patron package: $1,500 Early Bird,
$1,650 after March 15

Benefits: 4 VIP tickets with 2 valet parking passes; admission to Premier Pavilion; admission to ZooFari VIP cocktail pre-party; access to LivingSocial Lion Lounge.

To purchase a package please Email LaShawn Harris or call 202-633-3034.


The following restaurants will be offering complimentary tastings this year:

Pre-party Reception
District Commons
Equinox Restaurant

Main Event
1789 Restaurant
Anthem Restaurant
Armand's Pizzeria
Art and Soul
Asia Nine Bar and Lounge
B Too
Belga Cafe
Bistrot Royal
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream
BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier
Café Deluxe
Café Saint-Ex
Calvert Woodley Fine Wines
  & Spirits
Cava Mezze
Cava Grill
Cedar Restaurant
Chaplin's Restaurant
Charlie Palmer Steak
Chef Geoff's
Circle Bistro
Compass Rose Bar and Kitchen
Congressional Seafood Co.
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Cure Bar & Bistro
Del Campo
Delia's Restaurants
Dolcezza Gelato
Doi Moi
El Centro D.F.
Fourth Estate at the National
  Press Club
Georgetown Cupcake
The Grille at Morrison House
The Hamilton
Hank's Oyster Bar
Hard Times Cafe
Hello Cupcake
Hill Country Barbecue Market
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Jackson 20
Jardenea at Melrose
  Georgetown Hotel
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak &
  Stone Crab
The Lafayette
LINCOLN Restaurant
Maggiano's Chevy Chase
Masa 14
Mason Social
Ted's Bulletin
Mitsitam Café
Mon Ami Gabi
Morton's The Steakhouse
Notti Bianche
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Old Glory BBQ
Open Road Grill & Icehouse
Ovvio Pizzeria & Wine Bar
The Palm Restaurant
Paolo's Ristorante
Ping Pong Dim Sum
Plan B Burger Bar
The Queen Vic
The Ritz Carleton Tysons Corner
River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar
Rocklands Barbeque and
  Grilling Company
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Santa Lucia Estate Coffee
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
Stanton and Greene
Sugar& Ice
Sugo Osteria
SweetPots Mason Jar'd Desserts
Taco Bamba
Teddy & The Bully Bar
Tonic at Quigleys
Toro Toro
TRIO Grill
Washington Court Hotel–Bistro 525


ZooFari is the perfect opportunity to enjoy complimentary wine from local and international vineyards.

  • Barrel Oak Winery
  • Casanel Vineyards & Winery
  • Constellation Brands
  • Early Mountain Vineyards
  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • Freixenet USA
  • Kim Crawford
  • Oyster Bay Wines
  • Prestige Wine Group
  • The Seeker
  • Treasury Wine Estates

Celebrity Chefs

Top chefs like Todd Gray, Bart Vandaele, and Haidar Karoum will be joining the festivities throughout the night.

Battle of the Bartenders

Local mixologists will compete to create the best tasting original signature cocktail using a mystery ingredient from the Zoo's Animal Kitchen. Tommy McFly from 94.7 Fresh FM will serve as official emcee.

There will be two rounds of competition at 7:30pm and 8:30pm.
Competitors include:

  • Mary Kelly - Del Campo
  • Max Pike-Ludwig - Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
  • Giancarlo Cruz – Ocopa
  • Trevor Frye - Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Noah Broddaus – Bar Pilar & Café Saint-Ex
  • Jack Caminos – Compass Rose Bar and Kitchen
  • Christopher Franklin – Ardeo+Bardeo
  • Christine Kim - Tico

This competition is generously sponsored by Celebrity Cruises.


Three mega-bars located throughout the event will offer complimentary beer, soft drinks, and water.


Bid on exclusive Zoo tours, animal-themed art, one-of-a-kind gifts, memorable activities, top dining experiences, and more!


Shttle service is provided from the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro Station, courtesy of Big Bus Tours. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes throughout the night.

General Event Information

ZooFari is an adult event. Tickets are required for children ages 3 or older. Due to space limitations, no strollers are permitted. To be served alcohol, you must present a valid photo ID. Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo. ZooFari will be held rain or shine.

General questions about ZooFari?
Email us or call 202.633.3045 for more information.

Interested in sponsoring ZooFari?
Email Jackie Vinick or call 202.633.3046 for more information.

If you are a restaurant interested in participating in ZooFari please Email Pam Bucklinger for more information.

Media at ZooFari: Tickets for press must be approved in advance. Press passes are limited. Media will not receive entry without prior approval.
Contact Pam Bucklinger to request a press pass.