AUGUST 28. 2021
5:30 – 11:00 PM


If there’s one thing the world has been for the last year, it’s wild. We’ve all been stuck in our dwellings and gained a healthy dose of wanderlust. While the Zoo was able to reopen (…twice), one distinct silhouette was missing from the Santa Barbara horizon: Zoofari Ball!

It’s back to basics for the relaunch, so grab your safari jacket, leap into your jeep, and come bop on the hilltop. Whether you’re a Savannah savant or a “big five” buff, you’ll find plenty to love on this excursion.

Rincon Events is back to serve up a spread back at camp that will be the envy of the entire pride. And of course, ample opportunity to sip a sundowner or two with friends after a year even a hyena couldn’t laugh off.

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Event Information




Khaki, safari vests, cargo shorts, animal costumes, animal prints, safari hats. Let your imagination run wild!

Food and Drink

Hosted full bars featuring top-shelf spirits and fine wines and a delicious, hand-crafted themed dinner will be provided by Rincon Events…adding an elegant touch to your safari experience.

Silent Auction

Choose from a highly curated selection of unique themed packages, including Staycation, Zoo VIP Tours, Local Dining Adventures, and much more.

Travel Raffle

Buy a raffle ticket to win a fabulous trip to Belize! Check back for more details.

Live Entertainment

The Replicas bring live music energy to the basecamp.

Safety Precautions: The Zoo will adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines for the event.

Zoofari Ball XXXV Sponsors


Thomas & Nancy Crawford
The Dreier Family
Hutton Parker Foundation
Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree
Union Bank


Bella Vista Designs, Inc.
Mimi Michaelis
The Pryor Family
Robert K. & Barbara J. Straus Family Foundation
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Ventura Toyota
John Woodward


Action Roofing and Action Energy
Arlington Financial Advisors
Jeffrey & Margo Baker Barbakow
City National Bank
The Dill Family
Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation
HUB International of California Insurance Services, Inc.
The Hurst Family
The Krainer Family
Ted & Nancy McToldridge
Montecito Bank & Trust
Mosher Foundation
Robert & Deborah Myman
Northern Trust
Rudi Schulte Family Foundation
Schipper Construction
U.S. Bank


American Riviera Bank
In loving memory of Polly Blackburn
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
CopperPoint Insurance Companies
Cottage Children’s Medical Center
CSU Channel Islands
Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morrisset
A Friend of the Zoo
Gary Frolenko Engineering & Elissa Rubin
Giffin & Crane General Contractors, LLC
Patricia & Alan Griffin
Stina Hans & Joel Kreiner
Jensen Audio & Visual
Peter & Gerd Jordano
Wendy & Philip Kistler
La Cumbre Animal Hospital
Katharine Mallin
Robert & Elizabeth Manger
David & Maureen Morehouse
Mullen & Henzell
Nye, Stirling, Hale & Miller, LLP
Will & Pam Powers
Sol Wave Water
Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC
Shannon & Bradley Vernon
Sue & Bill Wagner
White Hat Innovation
The Wyatt Family


President Erika Beck and California State University, Northridge
Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management
The Angelo Mozilo Family
Alison Overseth & Ken deRegt

Premier Catering

Rincon Events

Premier Event Design

Behind the Scenes Event Design by Lisa Carter-Alford

Premier Plush

Wildlife Tree, Inc.

Premier Raffle

Robertson International Travel Consultants





There are many opportunities for you or your business to support the Zoo by sponsoring Zoofari Ball. By becoming involved with the Zoo, you’ll join a community committed to the preservation of animals and support a beloved local institution.

Contact Sam Franz by email or phone (805) 679-8442 to become a sponsor of this year’s Zoofari Ball.

Zoofari Ball Sponsor Benefits

Zoofari Ball XXXV Committee

Nancy & Ted McToldridge

Marcy Bazzani
Ross Beardsley
Elaine K. Mah Best
Christy Borneman
Marc Borowitz
Deanna Buley
Vince Caballero
Wendy Campbell
Katy Cutaran
Ashleigh Davis
Colleen Dennis
Mindy Denson

Sandy DeRousse
Jessica Fisher
Karen Gray
Heather Schuyler Gray
Patricia Griffin
Michael Hurst
Deborah Jimenez
Kim Kirkhart
Tracy Krainer
Marjorie Large
Desirea Lekhraj-Loftus
Katherine Mallin
Kirk A. Martin

Randee Martin
Sue McCue
Kevin Nuss
Megan Nuss
Robyn Parker

Jenna Perez
Pam Polan
Pam Powers
Elissa Rubin
Amy Sloan
Betsy Turner
Shannon Vernon
Natalia Williams

Event Coordinators
Lisa Carter-Alford, Sam Franz, and Nancy McToldridge

2021 Zoo Board of Directors

George Leis, Chair
Amy Pryor, Vice Chair
Joanne Funari, Treasurer
Yvette Birch Giller, Secretary
Erika D. Beck, PhD
Vincent Caballero
Elizabeth Challen, DVM
Jessica L. Diaz
Eileen Dill
Ginni Dreier
David Graff, Esq.
Michael Hurst

Stuart Jenkins
Brian Kerstiens
Brian Kopeikin, MD
Tracy Krainer
Elizabeth MacPhee
Bob Myman
Jesse Perez
Dan Segna, DVM
Derek Shue
Clark Stirling, Esq.
Betsy Turner

Honorary Directors
William A. Brace
Arthur A. Henzell
Peter Jordano
Robert Kallman
Arthur R. Locker
Barbara Merritt

Director Emeritus
Edward R. McToldridge


  1. From U.S. 101, exit Cabrillo Boulevard
  2. Take East Cabrillo Boulevard to Niños Drive.
  3. The Zoo is on the right after 1/10 mile.
  4. The Zoo is approximately 30 minutes from Ventura, 50 minutes from the Santa Ynez Valley, and 90 minutes from Los Angeles.