ZOOcson 2020

Friday, October 2, 2020
6:00 pm — 7:00 pm

A Wild Night Benefiting Reid Park Zoo

ZOOcson is going virtual for its 27th annual evening of fundraising and elegant Zoo fun.  ZOOcson, presented by The Andrews Family Foundation, is inspired this year by the joyous birth of Penzi, the Zoo’s new elephant calf. This year’s virtual gala will take place on October 2nd from 6:00 – 7:00pm.  

Join co-hosts Zoo Personality Jed Dodds and Community Leader and Board Member Edmund Marquez for a roaring, fun-filled show including:

  • Online Auction with over 250 one-of-a-kind items. Start your bidding, the silent auction is open now!
  • Visits with the Zoo’s animals
  • VIP Virtual Gourmet Package which includes a pre-event virtual show with Penzi and her elephant family and invitation for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo and a delectable meal (see menu below) Limited availability – book early!
  • Premier Auction items including Happy Hour with the Giraffes, Dinner with the Elephants and a Mark Rossi bronze of the Zoo’s tamandua and baby which also includes a visit to meet Lety and Oso.
  • Exciting announcements

Chaired by Board member Courtney Johnson, ZOOcson is a collaborative effort by volunteer committee members and Zoo staff with support from Reid Park Zoo’s Board of Directors and Event Sponsors.

The Zoo needs your support now more than ever after being closed for more than 5 months and this event is a fun way to help out! You can help your community Zoo through a ticket purchase, bidding on online auction items, or making a donation. Let’s make ZOOcson 2020 our most successful virtual fundraising event ever!

Gourmet Package Menu: Created by Zoo’s own Chef Stephanie Santos of Craft Culinary Concepts. Locally sourced delectables include assorted meats and cheese, fresh bread from Barrio Bread, homemade pickled vegetables; Southwest Veggie Tamales from The Tamale Store, Green Valley Pecans, and a delicious Dulce de Leche Dessert made by Chef Stephanie. All of these products will be accompanied by a bottle of white or red wine and packaged in a Reid Park Zoo logo insulated bag. Serves two with pick-up at the Zoo day of event.

Ticket Prices:

$125 Virtual VIP Adult Ticket – includes gourmet package, pre-show virtual visit with Penzi, invitation for tour

$200 Virtual VIP Adult Couple Ticket – includes gourmet package, pre-show virtual visit with Penzi, invitation for tour

$15 off Virtual VIP Tickets for  Zoo Members ($110 VIP Adult; $185 VIP Couple)

Free Virtual Registration – We welcome all to view the show and bid on auction items


Thank You Title Sponsor

The Andrews Family Foundation


Thank You Squirrel Monkey Sponsor

,    Courtney Johnson

Thank You Table of 8 Sponsors
Dr. Jeffrey & Mica Bane, Susan Beesemyer, Cathy & Dave Hutchens, Kristian & Nancy Kluge,
Law Office of Denice Shepherd, Lisa Lovallo & Terri Kessler


Thank you Table of 4 Sponsors

Kathy Alexander & Paul Lindsey, Chad Driedger & Calline Sanchez, Julie T. Kasper

Thank You Event Partners

  • Penzi, the Star of this year's ZOOcson