ZOOcson 2021

Friday, October 8, 2021
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm

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A Wild Night Benefiting Reid Park Zoo

Bring your pack to Reid Park Zoo for the must-attend social event of the fall, ZOOcson. This year’s gala is inspired by the beautiful and fierce African wild dog pack. This species, also known as painted dogs, is known for its colorful and decorative coat and incredible collaborative nature. The gala features Tucson’s favorite restaurants, auctions, animal ambassador presentations, and live music by Jovert! Enjoy a specialty cocktail as you outbid your friends for a chance to win amazing experiences during the live auction with Call to Auction and Emcee Edmund Marquez. Tickets include food at all restaurant stations and 2 drink tickets (please note this is a 21 and older event).

Want to enhance your ZOOcson experience with a special adventure in the Zoo’s South America Loop? Register for the VIP ticket which includes early entry at 5 p.m., appetizers, beverages, and entertainment.

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 300 one-of-a-kind items (Have an item you would like to donate? Email [email protected])
  • Premier Auction Experiences
  • Delectable dishes and drinks including amazing ice bar from Arizona Ice Art: Alvernon Donuts, Beyond Bread, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue, Cakes for Causes, Casino Del Sol, Craft Culinary Concepts, First Watch, Gourmet Girl’s Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro, Govinda’s Natural Foods, Mama Louisa’s Italian Restaurant & Catering, Monsoon’s Tap & Grill, Montgomery’s Grill & Saloon, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Oro Valley Country Club, Teaspoon, Texas Roadhouse
  • Live Entertainment

Chaired by Board member Nate Clark, 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.

Ticket Prices:

$130 per person Adult Ticket
$110 per Zoo Member Adult Ticket
$200 per person VIP Ticket


Thank You Title Sponsor: Anonymous

Thank You Giraffe Sponsors:


Thank You Lions, Tigers & Bears Sponsor

Thank You Squirrel Monkey Sponsors: Courtney Johnson

Thank You Table of 8 Sponsors: Jeff & Mica Bane, Susan Beesemyer, Buffalo Exchange, CBIZ, Nate Clark & Daniel Buford, Jim Click Automotive, Mary Hillmon, Cathy & Dave Hutchens, Nancy & Kristian Kluge, Law Office of Denice Shepherd, Lloyd Construction, Tucson Electric Power, VCA Valley Animal Hospital

Thank You Table of 4 Sponsors: Kathy Alexander & Paul Lindsey, Cox Communications, Julie T. Kasper, Lisa Lovallo & Terri Kessler, Shade Industries, Richard White & Barbara Harris

For information on table sponsorships please contact 881-4753 or [email protected] 

Thank You Event Partners: Arizona Jet Mail, Commotion Studios, Prudential Overall Supply