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June 9, 2017

Make a Reservation for Conservation! Tickets are now available online.

Join us for Rendez-zoo! Henry Vilas Zoo's annual "zoo chic" event (21+) to enhance the community-supported zoo and its future exhibits. Guests will be taken “Out of Africa”, visiting the animals, savoring tastes and spirits and enjoying entertainment from Africa and beyond. Plus, participate in an exclusive silent auction featuring unique items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences!

Tickets (Live Now!)
•    VIP: $250/person - features an exclusive encounter with one of the zoo's beloved African animals (stay tuned for additional details!) VIP guests will also enjoy early admittance & auction bidding, a VIP lounge with exclusive apps & drinks, entertainment, and a complimentary entrance to our "After Hours" party at HotelRED.
•    General Admission: $100/person - enjoy over 20 local restaurants' finest bite-sized fare, craft cocktails, live entertainment, a one-of-a-kind silent auction, zookeeper chats and animal experiences, and discounted admission to our "After Hours" party at HotelRED.


Presenting Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsor:

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

Bergstrom Chevrolet & Bergstrom Cadillac of Madison
The Burish Group of UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Buye Law Office
Coyle Carpet One
The Droster Team at RBC Wealth Management


ANiU Salon & Spa
Certco Inc.
The Finley Hird Group at Morgan Stanley
H&R Carpets

Beverage Sponsors:

Frank Liquor

Culinary Creations Provided By:

  • A Pig In A Fur Coat
  • Barriques
  • Batch Bakehouse
  • BelAir Cantina
  • Brasserie V
  • Brocach
  • Chocolate Shoppe
  • The Coopers Tavern
  • Everly
  • Fresh Madison Market
  • Gates & Brovi
  • Glacier Grille
  • Graft
  • HotelRED (After Hours festivities)
  • Lao Laan-Xang
  • Lilana's
  • Mustard Girl Mustards
  • PF Changs
  • Roman Candle
  • The Edgewater

Schedule of Events:

4pm: Zoo closes early to the public
5pm: Complimentary valet for all guests at our "main" gate (Drake & Randall)
5-9:30pm: Sample from over 20 local Madison restaurants, enjoy crafted cocktails by the Barmadillo and local brews from Ale Asylum
5-9pm: Silent Auction
5-9pm: Raffle from William Thomas Jewelers
5-9pm: Punch Wall & "Wino" Toss
5:15-6:15pm: VIP meet and greet with Harmon, our new white rhino
5:15-5:45pm: Performance by Limanya Drum & Dance Ensemble
5:30-7pm: Keeper talks and animal encounters
6pm: General Admission begins
6-9:30pm: Performances by Immigre, Forward! Marching Band & Hirt Alpert
6:50pm: Surprise Animal Encounter
7:00pm: Giraffe Feeding Winner Announced
7:05pm: Live Auction led by Eric Franke
9pm-12am: After Party at HotelRED
9:15pm: Shuttle to After Party at HotelRED
9:15pm: Silent Auction Check-Out
10pm: Evening at the Zoo commences
12am: After Party commences