AUGUST 27, 2022
5:30 – 11:00 PM


Once upon a time in Santa Barbara there was a magical place called the Zoo. All in the land were invited to Zoofari Ball XXXVI: Enchanted Forest, a ball that promised to be more than your average stroll through the mythical woods. Intrigue awaits you around every bend, where fantastic creatures frolic and supernatural flora carpet the earth. As twilight settles over the forest, creatures great and small emerge to make merry with dancing and delight.

We bid charming princes, elves, witches, and all fairy tale creatures to attend this enchanted affair. Don your magical wings, robes, or tunics and peruse artifacts and treasures from across the land. Careful not to wander too far from the path after darkness falls, lest the magic in the air cloud your vision.

 Spirits will be high among the collected company as the clock strikes midnight and our tale comes to an end. And everyone lived happily ever after.

Zoofari Ball is sold out! Please contact the Zoo to inquire about the waitlist, as a limited number of seats may be available.

Event Information


Early Bird price is $350/person (through July 31)
Regular Price is $400/person (starting August 1)

Zoofari Ball is sold out! Please contact the Zoo to inquire about the waitlist, as a limited number of seats may be available.

Food and Drink

Events by Rincon provides a feast and libations fit for the king and queen.


Fantasy formal, enchanting gowns, tunics, robes, wizard hats…let your imagination run wild!

Silent Auction

Choose from a highly curated selection of unique themed packages.

Travel Raffle

Buy a raffle ticket to win a polar bear expedition for two in Canada! See below for more details.

Live Entertainment

The enchanted forest will come alive to the tunes of Zoofari favorite, The Replicas.

Safety Precautions: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. The Zoo will follow all current local public health recommendations for this event. Sanitizing stations will be present at the event and disposable masks will be available. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or have tested positive for COVID-19 recently, please do not attend this event.

Raffle: Polar Bear Expedition

Seven-Day Dream Vacation For Two

Enter to win this seven-day dream vacation for two exploring the frosty north, on the world’s most coveted small-group polar bear expedition, and see the King of the Arctic in the Polar Bear Capital of the World!

Natural Habitat Adventures seven-day Classic Polar Bear Adventure for two includes:

  • Accommodations and meals
  • Dog sledding excursion
  • Cold-weather gear, including parkas and boots, for use during the trip
  • Natural Habitat professional expedition leaders
  • All activities/entrance fees
  • Evening wildlife and cultural presentations
  • Internal flights (r/t Winnipeg-Churchill) – donated by Robertson International Travel

Estimated package value: $17,980. Only 300 tickets will be sold.

Raffle Order Form

Drawing will take place at Zoofari Ball on August 27, 2022; need not be present to win. Must be 18 years old or older to enter. Current Robertson International Travel Consultants and Santa Barbara Zoo employees are not eligible to enter. This raffle is registered with the State of California Department of Justice and as such, is subject to official State of California raffle regulations. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Zoofari Ball XXXVI Sponsors


Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree


The Crawford Family
The Dreier Family
Hutton Parker Foundation


Bella Vista Designs, Inc.
Fantasy Settings LLC
Kielle Campbell Horton Family
Nathan & Courtney Matthews
Mimi Michaelis
Montecito Bank & Trust
Robert & Deborah Myman
Rusty’s Pizza
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Union Bank
U.S. Bank
Ventura Toyota & Ventura Volkswagen
John C. Woodward


Arlington Financial Advisors
City National Bank
Ken deRegt & Alison Overseth
The Dill Family
Handtmann & Evans Family
Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation
HUB International of California Insurance Services, Inc.
The Hurst Family
Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management
The Krainer Family
Ted & Nancy McToldridge
Mosher Foundation
Northern Trust
Robert K. & Barbara J. Straus Family Foundation
Rudi Schulte Family Foundation
Schipper Construction
Sinclair Realty Group


Allen & Kimbell, LLP
American Riviera Bank
Marcy & Matt Bazzani
In memory of Polly Blackburn
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
CSU Channel Islands
Carbon California Company
Tom & Karen Carey
CopperPoint Insurance Companies
Cottage Children’s Medical Center
Court Connection Legal Services, Inc.
Friends of the Zoo
Gary Frolenko Engineering & Elissa Rubin
Giffin & Crane General Contractors, LLC
Patricia Griffin, Village Properties
Jim & Chana Jackson
Raymond James, Alan Griffin
Jensen Audio & Visual
Carol Kallman & Don Barthelmess
La Cumbre Animal Hospital
The Macks Family & The Alex Family
Manger Scout Family Fund
Dr. & Mrs. Glenn Miller
David & Maureen Morehouse
Sue & Jim Neuman
Nye, Stirling, Hale & Miller, LLP
Will & Pam Powers
The Pryor Family
The Scribner Family
Sol Wave Water
Tolman & Wiker Insurance
Bradley & Shannon Vernon
The Wyatt Family

Fairy Dust

Stina Hans & Joel Kreiner


Catering: Rincon Events
Event Design: Behind the Scenes Event Design by Lisa Carter-Alford
Raffle: Robertson International Travel Consultants
Wine: The Brander Vineyard


Print: Boone Graphics


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 XXXVI Committee

Robyn & Jess Parker

Lisa Carter-Alford & Sam Franz

Nancy McToldridge

Sarai Anderson
Marcy Bazzani
Nikki Bazzani

Ross Beardsley
Elaine K. Mah Best
Alexandra Bongiovanni
Christy Borneman
Marc Borowitz
Deanna Buley

Vince Caballero
Wendy Campbell
Aly Cokeley
Ashleigh Davis

Colleen Dennis
Mindy Denson

Alexandria Ferris
Jessica Fisher
Heather Schuyler Gray
Patricia Griffin
Michael Hurst
Kim Kirkhart
Cathy Kling

Sophie Koh
Tracy Krainer
Desirea Lekhraj-Loftus
Carol Ann Mayner

Sue McCue
Sue Neuman
Kevin Nuss
Megan Nuss
Pam Powers
Elissa Rubin
Shelley Schulte
Amy Sloan
Brittany Steele
Alison Sydney 

Betsy Turner
Shannon Vernon
Melissa Walker

2022 Zoo Board of Directors

Amy Pryor, Chair
Derek Shue, Vice Chair
Joanne Funari, Treasurer
Clark T. Stirling, Secretary
Alexandra Bongiovanni
Vincent Caballero
Elizabeth Challen, DVM
Jessica L. Diaz
Eileen Dill
Ginni Dreier
David Graff, Esq.

Michael Hurst
Jim Jackson
Stuart Jenkins
Brian Kerstiens
Tracy Krainer
George Leis
Bob Myman
Jesse Perez
Dan Segna, DVM
Betsy Turner
Crystal Wyatt

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.