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ZOOcson: 30th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, October 6, 2023
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm

A Wild Night Benefiting Reid Park Zoo

Join Reid Park Zoo for the must-attend social event of the fall, ZOOcson. This year’s gala is a 30th Anniversary Celebration and will feature Tucson’s favorite restaurants, auctions, animal ambassador presentations, and live music! 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 Erin Christiansen. 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 area? Register for the Premium Experience ticket which includes early entry at 5 p.m., animal encounters, appetizers, beverages, and entertainment by Dos Suenos.

Join the Zoo’s Jed Dodds and Community Leader and KOLD 13’s Chief Meteorologist Erin Christiansen for a roaring, fun-filled show including:

  • Online Auction with over 300 one-of-a-kind items:
  • Exclusive Auction Experiences
  • Scrumptious food and drinks including an amazing ice bar from Arizona Ice Art: Adis Aguas, August Rhodes Bakery, Balay, Beyond Bread, Cafe Con Leche, Cakes for Causes, Canyon’s Crown, Commoner & Co, Craft Culinary Concepts, Dante’s Fire, Flora’s Market Run, Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro, Govinda’s Natural Foods,  Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery, La Posada, Locale, Monsoon’s Tap & Grill, PF Chang’s, Portillo’s, Prep & Pastry, Sauce Pizza & Wine, Teaspoon, The Dutch, Walter’s Pizzeria,  Zio Peppe. Beverage sponsors: Swire Coca Cola, Finley Distributing, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Tito’s Handmade Vodka  View Menu:
  • Entertainment by Baja Caravan, Dave Walton – Steel del Sol, visits with animal ambassadors, and Dos Suenos for the Premium Ticket hour

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 Partners.

Ticket Prices: No tickets will be emailed or mailed. Please note your name will be on a check-in list at the event.  All funds raised will benefit the Zoo’s education programs, conservation efforts, care of the animals, and improvements to the Zoo.

$175 per person Adult Ticket
$150 per Zoo Member Adult Ticket
$275 per person Premium Ticket
$250 per Zoo Member Premium Ticket

Thank You Title Sponsor

Thank You Giraffe Sponsor:

Thank You Squirrel Monkey Sponsors: Ervin & Martha Frazier


Thank You Otter Sponsors:

Thank You Table of 8 Sponsors: Jeff & Mica Bane, Robert Charles, Nate Clark & Daniel Buford,    Mary Hillmon, Cathy & Dave Hutchens, Nancy & Kristian Kluge, Law Office of Denice Shepherd,        Gail Von Pinnon


Thank You Table of 4 Sponsors: Kathy Alexander & Paul Lindsey,  Chad Driedger & Calline Sanchez, Julie T. Kasper, Richard White



For information on table sponsorships please contact 881-4753 or


Thank You Event Partners: