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Date and Time
Saturday, August 24 from 5:30 to 11:00 PM

Embrace the dark side of the jungle with fierce animal prints, jungle jewel tones, or covert camouflage.

Tickets go on sale March 20: $500/ticket, sponsorships available starting at $2,500

Buy Tickets

Other Ways to Support
Not able to attend? You can still support Zoofari Ball by making a donation here.

Food and Drink
Rincon Events returns to dazzle with cuisine and refreshments sure to ignite the senses.

Silent Auction
Choose from a highly curated selection of unique themed packages.

Travel Raffle
Buy a raffle ticket to win an incredible vacation. Tickets cost $100/each and only 300 will be sold. Details TBD.

Live Entertainment
DJ Zeke Entertainment spins during the silent auction and your sultry dance moves will carry the vibe late into the night with the sounds of The Collective Music Group.

Event Schedule

5:30 PM. Doors open

5:30 PM. Silent Auction begins

7:30 PM. Dinner

8:45 PM. Raffle drawing

9:00 PM. Dancing

11:00 PM. Event ends



The Crawford Family


Action Roofing
Bella Vista Designs, Inc.
Hutton Parker Foundation
Marjorie Jeter
Michael MacElhenny & David Wine
Mesa Advisors
Mimi Michaelis
Rudi Schulte Family Foundation
Nana & Bob Talevi
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
U.S. Bank
Ventura Toyota & Volkswagen


Tracy & Rich Block
Carbon California Company
City National Bank
Court Connection Legal Services, Inc.
Cox Communications
CSU Channel Islands
Frank Schipper Construction Co.
The Hurst Family
Kayne Anderson Rudnick Wealth Management
Montecito Bank & Trust


American Riviera Bank
Vince Caballero
CopperPoint Insurance Companies
Giffin & Crane General Contractors, LLC
Sarah & Hayden Gower
Patricia & Alan Griffin
Stina Hans and Joel Kreiner
Caitlin Hensel and Kat Hitchcock
Jensen-Dell Family
Katharine Mallin
David & Maureen Morehouse
Mosher Foundation
Sue & Jim Neuman
Northern Trust
Will & Pam Powers
Angela & Carlos Sanchez + Austin & Kai Lampson


Catering: Events by Rincon
Event Design:
Tyler Speier Events
Print: Boone Graphics
Robertson International Travel Consultants
Wine: The Brander Vineyard
Wine: Foxen Vineyard & Winery


Connect to wildlife conservation by sponsoring Santa Barbara’s wildest fundraiser–Zoofari Ball. Your (or your company’s) sponsorship directly supports local conservation fieldwork and the animals that call the Zoo home, like the endangered red panda and Masai giraffes.

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

See Sponsor Benefits

Zoofari Ball Committee

Rich & Tracy Block

Tyler Speier & Megan Nuss

Sarai Anderson
Marcy Bazzani
Nikki Bazzani
Elaine K. Mah Best
Danielle Bolster
Alexandra Bongiovanni
Christy Borneman
Marc Borowitz
Lauren Bryson
Deanna Buley
Vince Caballero
Wendy Campbell
Betsy Challen
Brooke Costello
Hillary Courtemanche
Colleen Dennis

Mindy Denson
Alexandria Ferris
Jessica Fisher
Sarah Berkus Gower
Heather Schuyler Gray
Patricia Griffin
Liz Hahn
Ian Harrison
Kelly Herting
Rene Hooper
Michael Hurst
Kim Kirkhart
Cathy Kling
Sophie Koh
Tracy Krainer
Desirea Lekhraj-Loftus

Carol Ann Mayner
Sue McCue
Sierra Muller
Sue Neuman
Kevin Nuss
Robyn Parker
Pam Powers
Kathleen Remy
Elissa Rubin
Shelley Schulte
Amy Shamus
Shannon Silk
Amy Sloan
Nana Talevi
Betsy Turner
Shannon Vernon

2024 Zoo Board of Directors

Derek Shue, Chair
Jim Jackson, Vice Chair
Jesse Perez, Treasurer
Crystal Wyatt, Secretary
Mitch Avila, PhD
Alexandra Bongiovanni
Vincent Caballero
Jessica L. Diaz
Eileen Dill
Ginni Dreier
Sara Berkus Gower

Brian Kerstiens
Tracy Krainer
Bob Looney
Robert M. Myman
Robyn Parker
Angela Sanchez
Dan Segna, DVM
Clark T. Stirling, Esq.
Betsy Turner
Brad Vernon
Karen Wintringham

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.

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103