The Wildest Party of the Year

Guests are guar­an­teed a roar­ing good time at Zoobilee

Times of the Islands - - In The Communty - For more in­for­ma­tion visit napleszoo.org.

Each and ev­ery year, there’s a big party at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gar­dens. It’s the an­nual Zoobilee, a can’t-miss event to be held at 7 p.m. on Feb­ru­ary 8.

Nearly 1,000 guests will en­joy a mouth-wa­ter­ing ar­ray of sweet and sa­vory culi­nary de­lights, along with drinks—cour­tesy of 25 of the finest res­tau­rants and cater­ers in Southwest Florida, such as Flem­ing’s Prime Steak­house, the res­tau­rants of the Semi­nole Casino Ho­tel and Wynn’s Cater­ing. (Tick­ets start at $100. Zoo mem­bers re­ceive a dis­counted price. Must be 21 to at­tend.)

This spe­cial evening also in­cludes live mu­sic and close-up an­i­mal en­coun­ters with ev­ery­thing from birds to snakes to sloths. Plus, guests get a chance to ex­plore the Caribbean Gar­dens, botan­i­cal gar­dens with a rich

his­tory that be­gan 95 years ago.

Those who are in­ter­ested in get­ting a chance to join Naples Zoo on sa­fari can pur­chase raf­fle tick­ets. The sa­fari in­cludes a trip for two to Tan­za­nia. Only 300 raf­fle tick­ets will be sold. The win­ner need not be present at Zoobilee to win or pur­chase tick­ets. Raf­fle tick­ets start at $100 and can be pur­chased on­line. (See web­site for de­tail.)

While Zoobilee is a big party, the fun is all in sup­port of a good cause.

“All pro­ceeds from the event sup­port Naples Zoo’s op­er­a­tions, ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives lo­cally and around the world,” ex­plains Court­ney Jolly Goff, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions. The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gar­dens is a non­profit 501c (3).

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