POSTED: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 9:39pm
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Three little meerkats give a little cheer, for Zoofari 2013 is here! Help the Gladys Porter Zoo continue to inspire, educate and captivate the multitudes of children in the Rio Grande Valley by attending Zoofari ’13 on Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th. Join our mob of meerkats for a party with a bunch of party animals during this two-night affair. Proceeds will be set aside for a major renovation of the Patty Gorges Small World, children’s interactive animal encounter area and nursery. Zoofari is your chance to enjoy food, music and auctions, acquire great items and do it knowing you are helping support a worthy cause; the major renovation of the Patty Gorges Small World.
The proposed renovation will feature an enhanced, naturalistic, Meerkat Motel – with pop-up viewing tubes to bring children up-close-and-personal to our mob of meerkats. In the center of Small World a giant ceiba tree will house small monkeys with overhead runways for the monkeys to move about and possibly a new exhibit showcasing the ugly, but hypnotically fascinating, naked–tailed mole rats. This giant ant farm-like exhibit is a crowd pleaser at every zoo where these bizarre critters are displayed. These are the only colonial mammals that exhibit behaviors similar to ants and termites. There is a queen that produces all the babies, workers, soldiers and drones make up their subterranean world. Among the twisted roots of the tree, kids will have the opportunity to explore through crawl tunnels. The renovation will also have an enhanced children’s interactive animal encounter and nursery for Zoo babies.
This year Zoofari will be a wild party, starting on Friday night, with cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Civic Pavillion, during which guests can sip a cocktail and preview auction items. The Premiere Evening will continue with wine, courtesy of Jones’ Liquor, a delectable dinner catered by Wray and Company and spirited live auction bidding. The Zoo’s office will close at 4 p.m. on Friday to allow for preparations for the evening’s auction.
If you prefer a more casual setting, join us for Zoofari Evening on Saturday night. The event begins with children’s games, storytelling by author Rickey Pittman, face painting and animal revue at 5:00 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., enjoy a mouthwatering barbeque dinner catered by Taste of the Wild Culinary Creations. Then, hundreds of auction items will be up for bid in our blackboard and silent auctions. Items range from jewelry, art, home décor, furniture, tools, children’s toys, and get-a-ways. After the auction; you can dance under the stars to music by Rick’s V.J .
Premiere Evening (both Friday and Saturday) tickets are $135.00 per person and sell out fast. Tickets for Zoofari Evening (Saturday) are only are $35.00. A catered dinner is included in the admission for both nights. Don’t miss your chance to party with a bunch of party animals at Zoofari 2013.
Brew at the Zoo The Brownsville Beerfest and the Gladys Porter Zoo have joined forces to bring you Brew at the Zoo. Everyone 21 and over is invited to the wildest beer tasting in town from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th in the Zoo’s South Texas area. Visitors are invited to taste a variety of Texas craft beers. Brew at the Zoo is a Brownsville Beerfest event and proceeds from these events will benefit the Zoo as well as other non-profit organizations. Tickets for Brew at the Zoo will be available at the door for $5 for Zoo members and $15 for non-members; this includes a five sampling wristband and Zoo admission.
To preview some of the items on the auction block or for more information about Brew at the Zoo, visit ww.gpz.org or contact the Zoo at (956) 546-7187.