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11.04.15 Zoofari
Nov 02, 2015

A Wild Feast To Benefit Wildlife: 29th Annual Zoofari at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

On Saturday, November 7, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is serving up one of the tastiest and “wildest” all-inclusive food festivals in the Bay area known as Zoofari.

All-inclusive Fundraising Feast Features 50 Great Tastes of Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2015) – On Saturday, November 7, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is serving up one of the tastiest and “wildest” all-inclusive food festivals in the Bay area known as Zoofari, presented by Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. The annual fundraising feast benefits animal care, education programs and global conservation initiatives of the Zoo, a nonprofit organization.

For one ticket price, guests can go on a sampling safari of more than 50 great tastes of Tampa Bay, enjoy open bars, browse the “Art Safari” art auction, and groove to live music throughout the event. The VIP Rhino Club, presented by Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, offers early entry and exclusive use of the beautiful Safari Lodge and outdoor plaza.

Here’s a “taste” of some returning favorites: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Cigar City Brew Pub, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, The Brunchery Restaurant & Catering, Graffiti Junktion, Kona Grill, LongHorn Steakhouse, Texas de Brazil, Tijuana Flats, Yacht Starship and more. Zoofari guests will also be introduced to several newcomers: 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Chart House, Miller’s Ale House and more.

The array of savory samples is complemented by great live music from buzzworthy bands. Guests can groove to live music featuring four-time Grammy award winner, Trae Pierce & The T-Stone Band on the main stage. The event also includes a talented roster of artists in locations throughout the event, including: Shaun Hopper, 6 Volt Rodeo, The Applebutter Express, Southern Train and Shane Meade.

Zoofari tickets start at $65 and are available online at, by phone 813-935-8552 ext. 329, at the Zoo’s ticket windows during regular business hours of 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., or at the door the night of the event. 

The Zoo gratefully acknowledges presenting sponsor Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, Rhino Club host Baldwin Krystyn Sherman, as well as additional sponsors who make this event possible: AI3 Advanced Imaging & Interventional Institute, AT&T, Beef O’ Brady’s, Bright House Networks, Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, C&D Printing Co., Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Dex Imaging, GEICO, Jamison Caskmates, J.P. Morgan, Mail Marketing, Melitta, Mosaic, Pepsi, Plymouth Gin, Schifino Lee, Spectra, Stella Artois, Stephen Gould Corporation, TD Bank, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tres Agaves Tequila, US Foods, Vology, Winn Dixie and Yolo Rum.

The Zoo will close at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 7, for set up of Zoofari, which takes place rain or shine.  Animals are not on exhibit during the event.  Due to the nature of the event and number of guests in attendance, strollers are not permitted.  For updates, visit and

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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