Zoofari Ball XXXII: TikiFari

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Zoofari Ball is sold out. If you are interested in being added to the wait list, please contact Katy Cutaran at (805) 679-8448.


5:30 – 11 PM


Paradise awaits you at this retro-inspired party straight out of the South Seas. Wear your finest Hawaiian shirt or kitschy getup to chill out under the palm trees and enjoy an icy cold cocktail–garnished with a paper umbrella, of course. Balmy ocean breezes blow as you appease the gods by bidding on exotic silent auction items, then partake of a scrumptious buffet worthy of Don the Beachcomber. Dance the night away amid your fellow revelers under a tropical moon. For guests 21+ only.

A fundraiser benefiting your Zoo and your planet.



Zoofari Ball is sold out. If you are interested in being added to the wait list, please contact Katy Cutaran at (805) 679-8448.


Food and Drink

Delicious Polynesian-inspired buffet, crafted by Rincon Events and hosted full bars featuring top-shelf spirits.

Silent Auction

Exotic delights abound at this year’s Zoofari Ball silent auction at Zoofari Ball. From a tiki playhouse for your backyard, to a private dinner created by Oprah’s own chef, to a visit to the set of NCIS: Los Angeles, this year’s auction offerings are sure to tempt you…and help the Zoo, too.

Auction Items List

Live Entertainment

Go coco-nuts dancing to the party-rockin’ sounds of The Replicas.


Enter to win an exclusive 7-night Tahiti & Society Islands cruise for two aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Discover your own island inspiration in the destination that enchanted painter Paul Gauguin, and be forever changed by its beauty. In one wonderful week, you’ll explore the best of the South Pacific, with stops in lush Huahine, beautiful Bora Bora, and postcard-perfect Moorea. Raffle tickets are $100/each and only 200 tickets are available. To purchase, please call (805) 962-5339.
Value: $10,800–$12,000


Let the allure of Pacific cultures guide you: Hawaiian shirts, kitschy tropical prints, or beach chic are all fan-tiki-tastic. Of course, traditional safari attire is always welcome at Zoofari Ball.


Union Bank


The Dreier Family

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree


Bella Vista Designs, Inc.
Belle, Daniel, Felix & Colette Cohen
The Crawford Family
Hutton Parker Foundation
Mimi Michaelis

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Sue & Terry Schwartz


Frank Schipper Construction
Joan & Bob Hollman
HUB International Insurance Services, Inc.
The Hurst Family
Montecito Bank & Trust
Pacific Compensation Insurance Company

Shelley & Paul Schulte – Rudi Schulte Family Foundation
Straus Foundation
John C. Woodward


In memory of Polly Blackburn
California State University Channel Islands
Classic Party Rentals
Cottage Children’s Medical Center
Justin D. Fareed
Patricia & Alan Griffin
Stina Hans & Joel Kreiner
Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management
The Krainer Family

Elizabeth & Joseph MacPhee
Katharine Mallin

Robert & Elizabeth Manger
Mosher Foundation/Yvette & Jeff Giller
Elissa Rubin
Salon Elite of Ventura

Jean K. Schuyler
Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC
Tri-County Produce – John Dixon
V3 Printing

Wells Fargo Private Bank
Crystal & Cliff Wyatt


Robertson International Travel Consultants & Paul Gauguin Cruises


Rincon Events


Behind the Scenes Event Design by Lisa Carter


The Brander Vineyard

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

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


Peter & Pieter
Crawford-van Meeuwen

Lauren Amundson
Marcy Bazzani
Ross Beardsley
Carol Bedford
Elaine K. Mah Best
Christy Borneman
Wendy Campbell
Leigh Cashman
Katy Cutaran

Ashleigh Davis
Colleen Dennis

Mindy Denson
Sandy DeRousse
Jessica Fisher

Stephanie Flores
Patricia Griffin

Joan Hollman
Michael Hurst

Carol Kallman
Jessica Kolbe
Tracy Krainer
Marjorie Large 
Katharine Mallin
Kirk A. Martin

Randee Martin
Sue McCue
Julia McHugh

Dean Noble
Robyn Parker
Pam Polan
Pam Powers

Kim Roberson
Elissa Rubin
Shelley Schulte
Heather Schuyler

Suzan Searcy
Amy Sloan
Betsy Turner
Shannon Vernon
Jean von Wittenburg
Barbara Zerbe


Lisa Carter, Nancy McToldridge, and Kelly Whitaker


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