Roaring into 85 Years with a Wild Affair Gala
Sacramento Zoo celebrates its 85th birthday during the 16th annual Wild Affair

What's Happening: Sacramento Zoo’s 16th annual Wild Affair gala

Celebrating the Zoo’s 85 years as the premier resource for wildlife education in the community, this exclusive, safari-style gala will include special guided behind-the-scenes tours that are only offered once a year, farm-to-fork dining prepared by Patrick Mulvaney of Culinary Specialists and Mulvaney’s Building & Loan, desserts by local chocolatier Ginger Elizabeth, a live auction and much more. During the evening, the Sacramento Zoological Society will recognize Wells Fargo for their generous contributions and ongoing support.

Where: Sacramento Zoo: Corner of West Land Park Dr. and Sutterville Rd. in William Land Park

When: 5 to 10 pm, Saturday, October 1, 2011

Why: This exclusive evening will benefit the nonprofit Sacramento Zoological Society with funds directed to improvements of the 85-year-old Sacramento Zoo

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Walk on the wild side at the 16th annual Wild Affair at the Sacramento Zoo on Saturday, October 1st, from 5 to 10 pm. Guests will enjoy regional food, silent and live auctions and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours as the Zoo begins its yearlong 85th birthday celebration. Proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit Sacramento Zoological Society and will fund Zoo improvements.

Unlike any other Sacramento gala, attendees begin their evening with the opportunity to experience chimpanzees and lemurs up close, tour where snow leopards and giant anteaters dwell, and stand eye to eye with the giraffes. Behind-the-scenes tours like these are only offered once a year during Wild Affair. Between tours there is an opportunity to participate in a silent auction and enjoy specialty cocktails and appetizers.

At dusk, guests gather under a spacious tent decorated for the evening where they will enjoy a delicious farm-to-fork dinner prepared by Patrick Mulvaney of Culinary Specialists and Mulvaney’s Building & Loan. Live auction offerings include a cocktail party with the giraffes at the Tall Wonders viewing deck; stays in South Lake Tahoe or a Strawberry Creek cabin; and a River Cats Luxury Suite. This magical evening is hosted by Dave Bender of CBS13. Throughout dinner, Sacramento Zoo staff and volunteers will give a performance that will take you through time and is sure to delight.

Tickets for Wild Affair are $150 per person and a table sponsorship for eight is $1,500. Space is limited; early reservations are recommended. Please call 916-808-8815 or visit for information and reservations.

Sacramento Zoo -- Wildly Inspiring!

Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 450 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of more than 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society. This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation. Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, general admission is $10.50; children ages 2-11 are $6.50 and one and under are admitted free. Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus #6. For information, call 916-808-5888 or visit

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