Sunset Safari, an exclusive after-hours party hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) for SAFARI SOCIETY donors took place September 20th during after-hours at the L.A. Zoo. The evening featured wildlife of Africa, Asia and the Americas and spotlights the Zoo’s new Rainforest of the Americas, providing guests a chance to experience animals up close through keeper talks, animal feedings, training demonstrations, and strolling animal walkabouts. I took along my friend and life-time animal lover Annie, as an apology for not taking her to the Beastly Ball last year! Whoops. I think this event made up for it – especially since most of the animals were out in the cooling evening air, ready to play.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Kids get acquainted with a ball python
Southern three-banded Armadillo
By the time Annie and I were done going gaga for all of the animals it was time to tuck in at the buffet dinner. The highlight of which was undoubtedly the mashed potato bar:
Being the seven year old that I am at heart, I beat the rush to the face paint and was able to get this colorful piece of art:
I think I pull off rainbow leopard print rather well.
And what Sunset Safari would be complete without a ride on the historical Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel, where I managed to nab the highly coveted unicorn:
I swear I did not push over a toddler to get to it.
You can’t prove a thing.
SAFARI SOCIETY is the pinnacle among donor and membership programs presented by the private, nonprofit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), founded in 1963, which funds plant and animal exhibits, species conservation, capital projects, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. There are 65,000 member households in GLAZA representing more than 240,000 adults and children, one of the largest membership bases of a cultural organization in Los Angeles. GLAZA additionally boasts a volunteer corps of more than 800 individuals.