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Party Your Paws Off At Zoofari

Media Alert: Thursday, May 03, 2012


May 3, 2012

Jennifer Wilson
Communications Manager

Powell, OH – Party animals mark your calendars for the largest, loudest, and most delicious summer party at the Zoo. Zoofari, presented by Nationwide Insurance, returns to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for the 42nd consecutive year on Saturday, June 16 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for one wild night of live entertainment, food and drink.
This year’s premier, adults-only fundraiser includes samplings of cuisine and libations from nearly 100 Columbus area restaurants and bars and live entertainment from the Dueling Pianos from The Big Bang, The Hot Pink Racers, The Divide, Lt. Dan’s New Leg and the Personnel and more.
In addition to food and entertainment, the Zoo will hold a “One Wild Ride Raffle” for a 1973 Mustang Convertible. Tickets can be purchased online prior to Zoofari or during the event.
Zoofari tickets cost $95 if purchased by May 31; $135 after June 1 and $150 the day of the event. Individuals looking for V.I.P. treatment can purchase a V.I.P ticket for $250 that includes complimentary valet parking, early access to Zoofari at 6:30 p.m. and admittance to all private bar areas.
For additional information on Zoofari or to purchase tickets please visit us online at Zoofari 2012 is presented by Nationwide Insurance and proceeds benefit the Zoo’s conservation and education programs.
*Special Note: Due to Zoofari setup on Saturday, June 16, the Zoo will close at 3 p.m.
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TheColumbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 9,000 animals representing 675 species and provides more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide.  A recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium hosts more than two million visitors annually and was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating. For more information and to purchase advance Zooadmission tickets, visit