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Santa Ana Zoo's 2016 Zoofari Celebrates Successful Fundraiser
"Year of the Monkey" Theme Marks 24th Year for Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ)

The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), a non-profit organization, hosted the 24th annual Zoofari fundraising black-tie gala on August 27, 2016 for almost 300 guests with a theme "Year of the Monkey". Zoofari takes place at one of the most inspiring venues in Orange County, outside and under the stars on the grounds of the Santa Ana Zoo.

Valet parking service was underwritten by Tudor House Productions; guests enjoyed a first-class dining experience catered by Parties by Panache with a hosted bar including a special drink the "Rickshaw Ricky" in honor of longtime supporter of the Santa Ana Zoo Richard Bye who passed away early this year - the special drink was made with Tito's Handmade vodka, Lychee syrup and Cranberry juice. Decorations were provided by R.W.B. Party Rentals which celebrated the Asian "Year of the Monkey" theme with gold, black and vibrant red throughout event site.

"For more than 20 years, Zoofari has played an integral role in raising the funds needed for all the special projects and improvements going on here at our favorite community Zoo including educational programs, breaking ground on new animal habitats, tackling important conservation initiatives, introducing new rides and upgrading service facilities for our guests to use and enjoy," says Cathi Decker, event host and Executive Director of FOSAZ.

Guests began the night being greeted by various animals and their docent "handlers". An Armadillo, Blue Tongue Skink, Spectacled Owl and a French Rooster were just some of the animals that welcomed everyone as they entered the Santa Ana Zoo. Guests were also privy to tour the Zoo grounds and see the area where the new Giant River Otters will be housed and of course the 50 monkeys the Santa Ana Zoo is famous for.

Former KTLA sports anchor Ed Arnold and co-owner of South Coast Plaza Sandy Segerstrom Daniels were the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening with brother and sister duo Glen Fladeboe and Kristine Fladeboe Duininck as auctioneers for the live auction.

Honorees this year were FOSAZ Board Members Howard and Karin Hall who have been instrumental to the Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo since 1992. They have put together Eagle Scout projects that have changed the face of the Zoo, participated on the Board in many activities and during special events and helped bring our largest revenue generators to the Zoo in the form of the rides. The event raised over $160,000 which included $29,000 from the live auction where funds will be going towards the Pygmy Marmoset exhibit as during the program, it was announced the exhibit needed refurbishing as these "finger monkeys" are difficult to see by Zoo guests. Now construction will be underway for a "2-way" mirror so guests can see them better and make life more comfortable for the monkeys.

The Year of the Monkey "Good Fortune" live auction items up for grabs were an Apple iPad Pro with an iPad Pro Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil donated by FOSAZ Board Member and the evening's honoree Howard Hall; a 4th of July party for 12 with all the trimmings by Parties by Panache; eight days in beautiful Cabo San Lucas at the Villa del Palmar with a gift card for $800 for airfare donated by FOSAZ Board Member Curtis Farrell; a powder blue Michael Kors Harper Tote (donated by FOSAZ Board Member Patty McClendon) stuffed with 100 California Scratchers (donated by Board Member Rip Ribble) and close to $1,000 in cash donated by the FOSAZ Board, Advisory Board Members and FOSAZ staff; McClendon also donated her Cathedral City condo for 8 days which included a Westin Mission Hills Golf package; four private tours of the Santa Ana Zoo with Zoo Director Kent Yamaguchi (which includes lunch) were sold and the largest and most sought after item was the 30 minute flight for 2 in the Goodyear Blimp as this is one of the final flights it will be taking. Jane Olin, FOSAZ Board Member and Tim Jerkovich were the lucky winners of the Blimp flight!

After the program, guests danced until midnight to the dynamic tunes of NeOn NaTiOn.

Zoofari is chaired by Cathi Decker and sponsored by FOSAZ, a non-profit organization which has helped support and improve the Santa Ana Zoo for over 44 years.












Santa Ana Zoo's 2015 "Rockin' Round the Zoo at Zoofari High"
Celebrates 23rd Year with Successful Fundraiser
Presented by Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, Over $100,000 was Raised for Educational Programs,
Breaking Ground on New Animal Habitats and More!

The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), a non-profit organization, hosted the 23rd annual Zoofari fundraising black-tie gala on August 29, 2015 for around 350 guests with a theme entitled "Rockin' Round the Zoo." Zoofari takes place at one of the most inspiring venues in Orange County, outside and under the stars on the grounds of the Santa Ana Zoo.

Valet parking service was underwritten by Tudor House Productions; guests enjoyed a first-class dining experience catered by Parties by Panache with a hosted bar including a special "Love Potion #9" signature drink made with Tito's Handmade vanilla vodka, root beer and vanilla ice cream. Decorations were provided by R.W.B. Party Rentals creating a creative 50's theme throughout event site.

"For more than 20 years, Zoofari has played an integral role in raising the funds needed for all the special projects and improvements going on here at our favorite community zoo including educational programs, breaking ground on new animal habitats, tackling important conservation initiatives, introducing new rides and upgrading service facilities for our guests to use and enjoy," says Cathi Decker, event host and Executive Director of FOSAZ.

Guests began the night being greeted by various animals and their docent "handlers". An Armadillo, Blue Tongue Skink, Spectacled Owl and a Green Iguana were just some of the animals that welcomed everyone as they entered the Santa Ana Zoo. Guests were also privy to tour the zoo grounds and see the new Ocelot Exhibit and of course the 50 monkeys the Santa Ana Zoo is famous for.

Former Executive Director of Santa Ana's Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Agency "Rip" Ribble was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening with Kimberly Fladeboe Anderson as auctioneer for the live auction, assisted by FOSAZ Board Member Debbie Newmeyer.

Honorees this year include FOSAZ Board Members Patti Mickey, Patty McClendon and Steve McGuigan. Mickey was instrumental in making the Ocelot Exhibit a reality, McClendon was selected due to her continuing support over the many years, giving monthly to projects throughout the Santa Ana Zoo and McGuigan was voted on as someone who has made a huge impact on events at the Santa Ana Zoo over many years in sound and entertainment.

During the program, it was announced the planned $2 million dollar facelift to the Amazon's Edge exhibit making room for 2 Giant River Otters. With a fundraising effort underway for $600,000, the Santa Ana City Council pledged $1.4 million towards this exhibit.

The event netted over $100,000 and this year they raised a record breaking $3,300 in opportunity tickets for two lucky winners to name the Ocelots. The live and silent auction netted about $54,000 which also includes $7,300 towards Zoo Wish List items and funding towards the Ocelot climbing tree.

The live auction items up for grabs were an Apple Watch donated by Board Member Howard Hall; a one week stay at Villa del Palmar Cabo San Lucas Beach Resort & Spa donated by Board Member Curtis Farrell with airfare provided by Alaska Airlines; a private tour for 6 of the Santa Ana Zoo with a behind the scenes look with Zoo Director Kent Yamaguchi and lunch donated by Knowlwood Restaurants; a Michael Kors tote donated by Board Member Patty McClendon stuffed with 100 California Scratchers donated by Board Member Rip Ripple and over $800 in cash which was donated by the FOSAZ board and the zoo staff; the Ultimate Guy's bag - an Oakley Backpack stuffed with 2 pairs of Oakley Frog skin sunglasses along with a golf package for 4 at the Marriott's Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert, a STX Taylor made right handed putter and 100 California Scratchers donated by Advisory Board Members Bill and Donel Wiles, and a 7 day/6 night stay at the Cathedral Canyon Country Club Resort donated by Board Member Patty McClendon; a Superbowl Bash catered dinner party with beer pairings at your home hosted by Parties by Panache for 12.

After the program, guests danced until midnight to the dynamic tunes of the Groove Factory.

Zoofari is chaired by Cathi Decker and sponsored by FOSAZ, a non-profit organization which has helped support and improve the Zoo for over 43 years.


Zoofari's "Monkey Magic" Brings Two Legged Animals
Out to Celebrate 22nd Year of Successful Fundraiser
Annual Fundraiser is Presented by Friends of Santa Ana Zoo

The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), a non-profit organization, hosted the 22nd annual Zoofari fundraising black-tie gala on August 23, 2014 for over 300 guests with a theme entitled "Monkey Magic." Zoofari takes place at one of the most inspiring venues in Orange County, the Santa Ana Zoo.

Valet parking service was underwritten by Peggy Baldwin Butler of Tudor House Productions, a first-class dining experience catered by Parties by Panache and a hosted bar including a special "50 Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" cocktail. Decorations were provided by R.W.B. Party Rentals creating a whimsical magical theme throughout the grounds of the Zoo.

Guests began the night being greeted by various animals and their docent "handlers." An armadillo, rooster, goat and a millipede were just some of the animals that welcomed everyone as they entered the Santa Ana Zoo. Guests were also privy to a sneak peak of the Ocelot Exhibit and Education Center. Darning "spotted hard hats" guests were able to see the progress of this exhibit which should be completed March 2015.

SoCal PBS Anchor Ed Arnold was the emcee for the evening with Glen Fladeboe as auctioneer for the live auction, assisted by FOSAZ Board Member Debbie Newmeyer.

Special honorees this year include Knowlwood owners Thanh Nguyen, PhD, Ginger Nguyen and Tana Everhart and Ginna Nguyen, along with the Zoo’s vet and renowned animal specialist Scott Weldy, DVM. In 2010 the Nguyen family implemented the Knowlwood Cafe at the Zoo, which aims to enhance Zoo visitors' experience with tasty and healthy fresh food at reasonable prices, for full enjoyment of a trip to the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park. Weldy has been volunteering at the Santa Zoo since the mid 1980's eventually becoming the back-up veterinarian for the Santa Ana Zoo in 1998 and the Veterinarian of Record for the Zoo in 2002.

The event netted over $80,000 and this year they raised over $34,000 just in the silent auction area alone which is an all-time record for the event. The live auction netted over $20,000 which also includes $10,000 raised for a special Digital X-ray Machine. Some of the live auction items up for grabs were a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition with a Phantom 2 Quadcopter; a one week stay at Villa del Palmar Cabo San Lucas Beach Resort & Spa with airfare provided by Alaska Airlines; a Michael Kors tote stuffed with 100 California Scratchers and over $800 in cash; and a Palm Desert get-away including VIP Private Behind-the-Scenes Tour for four at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens with a giraffe encounter.

After the program, guests danced until midnight to the dynamic tunes of the "Groove Factory."

Zoofari is chaired by Cathi Decker and sponsored by FOSAZ, a non-profit organization which has helped support and improve the Zoo for over 32 years.


"Zoofari State Faire"
Celebrates 21st Year with Successful Fundraiser

Annual Fundraiser is Presented by Friends of Santa Ana Zoo

The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), a non-profit organization, hosted the 21st annual Zoofari fundraising black-tie gala for over 300 guests with a Victorian Faire theme entitled "Zoofari State Faire." Zoofari takes place at one of the most inspiring venues in Orange County, the Santa Ana Zoo.

Guests began the night being greeted by various animals and their docent "handlers." A three banded armadillo, a ball python, along with Danny the pony and Bindi the binturong welcomed everyone as they entered the Santa Ana Zoo. Free valet parking was sponsored by Villa Ford along with a hosted bar, appetizers and then a gourmet dinner prepared by Parties by Panache were also enjoyed.

SoCal PBS Anchor Ed Arnold was the emcee for the evening with Glen Fladeboe as auctioneer for the live auction, assisted by FOSAZ Board Member Debbie Newmeyer. Special honorees this year were Debbie Friedman and Dan Dunshee and Lori and Bobby Babcock. They received awards as they have been instrumental in leading the Board over the recent years bringing the Santa Ana Zoo's special events to the next level; all to help the animals and the people who visit the Zoo.

The event netted over $75,000 and this year they raised over $30,000 just in the silent auction area alone while the live auction netted over $25,000.

The most exciting live auction bids were the final Live Auction item - it was a straight donation where the Santa Ana Zoo will be bringing a Silver Langur to the Zoo. Almost everyone in the audience participated raising the amount needed, $12,000; it will fund a "howdy cage" in addition to the exhibit. Other live auction items were: two iPad Mini's donated by Board Member Howard Hall; a Halloween Party for 20 with dinner and drinks won by Board Member Kristeen Stolo, 8 days/7nights in a one bedroom villa at the Cancun Resort in Vegas donated by Board Member Curtis Farrell, a Prada red Saffiano leather tote handbag donated by Board Member Patty McClendon which was stuffed with over $800 and 100 California "Scratchers" won by Board Member Monica Kim, 5 days/4 nights at the St. Regis in Vancouver with airfare from Alaska Airlines won by Board Member Allen Goh, and the rare-behind-the-scenes "Blue Ribbon Tour" experience was sold 4 times giving folks a private tour of the zoo along with lunch.

Attendees also enjoyed decorations by R.W.B. Party Rentals and dancing to the dynamic tunes of the "Groove Factory."

Zoofari is chaired by Cathi Decker and sponsored by FOSAZ, a non-profit organization which has helped support and improve the Zoo for over 31 years. This year, Zoofari is raising funds for the rides, upgrading the train and paying off the loan for the Carrousel along with starting funds for the Fifty Monkey Ferris Wheel as well as building "howdy cage" and exhibit space for the Silver Langur.


"The Cat's Meow!"
20th Anniversary of Zoofari Raises Nearly $80,000

Presented by Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ)

 

The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo, a non-profit organization, hosted the 20th annual Zoofari fundraising black-tie gala for over 350 guests with a 1920's theme entitled "Cat's Meow." Zoofari takes place at one of the most inspiring venues in Orange County, the Santa Ana Zoo.

Guests began the night by sipping cocktails with one special drink appropriately named, "Roarin' Rickey's Fizz" reminiscent of the Bathtub Gin tastings from the 1920's. Attendees also enjoyed inspired decorations by R.W.B. Party Rentals, a large silent auction as well as special visits with the animals. Free valet parking was sponsored by Villa Ford along with a hosted bar by FOSAZ, appetizers and then a delicious gourmet dinner prepared by Parties by Panache. An extraordinary live auction and dancing to the lively tunes of the "Class of 69" followed.

Co-chairs and emcees for the evening were OC Register columnists Frank Mickadeit and Barbara Venezia with Glen Fladeboe as auctioneer. FOSAZ President Debbie Friedman and Executive Director Cathi Decker helped present special honors to Mark and Shio Hui Harrison; Lucille and Mike Harrison; David Exline and Amos Bracero. They were instrumental in bringing the Pavement of Progress team together by meeting with designers, contractors and architects. This project resulted in the pathways and service roads at the Santa Ana Zoo to be eco-friendly and also provide improved accessibility for disabled guests and guests requiring mobile assistance.

A special "reveal" of the Ocelot location where the exhibit "Wild Cats of El Bosque Verde" (Wild Cats of the Green Forest) will be housed was held for the press and VIP's in attendance; this was the first time the public was able to see the exhibit location before it is built.

The event netted about $80,000 this year adding to a total of almost half a million dollars to bring a pair of Brazilian Ocelots to the Zoo. Ocelots are beautiful exotic wild cats from South America, often described as miniature cheetahs. There are currently only 26 Brazilian Ocelots in the United States.

Food for the evening was appropriately named for the 1920's theme, starting with "Flappers and Flyboys" hors d'oeuvres and names such as "Sitting Pretty" Summer Fruit Salad, "Bee's Knees" Petite Filet Mignon, "Putting on the Ritz" St. Peter's Fish, "Pos-i-lute-ly (Nifty)" Roasted New Potatoes, and "Don't Know From Nothing" Grilled Vegetable Napoleons guests were delighted with the fun.

The LIVE Auction proved to be a bidding war as many amazing items were up for grabs. Items such as an Apple 64GB, iPad3 donated by Howard Hall; a dinner for eight by Chef Chet Harrison; a three night adventure to the Arizona Biltmore with a $300 Visa gas card and 4 tickets to the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden and the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium; a Gucci handbag that was stuffed with 100 California Scratchers, a mystery amount of cash and other items; eight days and seven nights at the Cabo Azul Resort & Spa with airfare on Alaska Airlines; and an up close and personal visit with the Santa Ana Zoo's Margay cat, Buttons for six were fiercely bid on by many. The final Live Auction item was a straight donation where all were encouraged to raise their "boarding pass" to help with the airline expenses to bring the Ocelots to the Santa Ana Zoo. Money raised will help to fund the travel costs as well as the initial medical expenses of the two Ocelots.

Zoofari is sponsored by FOSAZ, a non-profit organization which has helped support and improve the Zoo for over 31 years. The Santa Ana Zoo is Orange County's only AZA accredited Zoo and is recognized as signifying excellence and commitment to animal care and conservation.

 

Zoofari 2011 Gets Spotted! - Huge Success for the Zoo

Returning for the 19th year, the Zoofari gala fundraiser on Saturday, August 27, hosted almost 400 guests who were treated to a "wild" time with the theme, "Get Spotted at the Zoo!" The fabulous party in Orange County celebrated the night under the stars at the Santa Ana Zoo where guests began the night by sipping cocktails with one special drink appropriately named, "Kitty-Cat Cocktail". Attendees also enjoyed a large silent auction as well as special visits with the animals.

Guests appreciated free valet parking, sponsored by Villa Ford and a hosted bar by Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), appetizers, and then a delicious gourmet dinner prepared by Parties by Panache. An extraordinary live auction led by auctioneer Glenn Fladeboe and dancing to the lively tunes of the "Class of 69" followed.

Co-chairs this year were KOCE's Ed Arnold and philanthropist Sandy Segerstrom Daniels. Rip and Karen Ribble were honored; Rip for his years of service and generosity as well as his help with building the Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo into a very proactive, professional group and Karen, who has always been at Rip's side. Whatever project Rip begins, Karen is always there to do whatever she can to provide her support and assistance.

A loving tribute was also held for two longtime friends of the Santa Ana Zoo: Chuck Dryer and Bud Hurlbut. Both passed away this last year and will be greatly missed; their legacy at the Santa Ana Zoo will live on for decades to come.

The event raised over $80,000, a record amount, well over this year's goal and last year's totals. The money raised will be used to bring a pair of Brazilian Ocelots to the Zoo. Ocelots are beautiful "exotic" wild cats from South America, often described as "miniature cheetahs." There are currently only 26 Brazilian Ocelots in the United States, and we will soon be adding two more to that total.


Hot Egyptian Nights!"
Nets Around $100,000 for 2010 Annual Zoofari
Presented by Friends of Santa Ana Zoo

Returning for the 18th year, the Zoofari gala fundraiser hosted around 350 guests who were treated like royalty with the theme, "Hot Egyptian Nights!" The best party in Orange County celebrated the night under the stars at the Santa Ana Zoo. Guests were greeted with a special drink appropriately named, "Cleopatra's Kiss". Attendees enjoyed a large silent auction area as well special visits with the animals; however, the highlight of the evening proved to be the camels! Brought in for the summer, Noah and Kaleb posed for a special keep sake photo with each guest.

This year attendees enjoyed free valet parking sponsored by Villa Ford along with a hosted bar by Foster's Wine Estates Americas, appetizers and then an exquisite gourmet dinner prepared by Parties by Panache. An extraordinary live auction and dancing to the lively tunes of the "Class of 69" followed. Back this year by popular demand were the evenings co hosts; KOCE's Ed Arnold and philanthropist Sandy Segerstrom Daniels with Chuck Dreyer returning as auctioneer. Frank Mickedeit, from the OC Register was honored for his work promoting the zoo while "living in a cage". The event netted almost $100,000 to help contribute to the much needed animal commissary and Zoo improvements.

Walking into the event area, guests were treated to an Egyptian paradise with decorated palm trees, golden Pharohs, mummy tombs, and Egyptian wall decor. The tables were exquisitely decorated with purple and blue table cloths trimmed in gold. Center pieces were hand-made decorated wooden camels, courtesy of Rip Ribble, President of Friends of Santa Ana Zoo.

Food for the evening was appropriately named for the theme, with "Valley of the Kings" Mediterranean Platter;"Treasures of the Sphinx" Mini Chicken B'stillas; "Rosetta Stone" Cumin Cured Salmon Bruschetta; "Cleopatra's Purse" Falafel in Mini Pitas and "Mummy" Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese. Dinner was served with "Pyramid" Salad; "Pharaoh's Feast" Spicy Egyptian Chicken with Figs, Dates and Apricots; "Nile" Toasted Couscous Pilaf and "Egyptian" Ratatouille. Dessert was fabulous with "Camel Caravan" Flourless Chocolate Cake; "Desert Decadent" Brown Sugar Meringues and "Oasis" Fresh Berries. The Melting Pot in Irvine was stationed by the coffee bar serving plates of bite size fresh strawberries, Rice Krispie treats and brownies to dip in a decadent pot of fondue.

Ribble welcomed everyone to this special evening celebrating the uniqueness of the Zoo. All the proceeds from Zoofari will be going to help rebuild the commissary where they keep the food for the animals. It's necessary to replace out dated appliances for more energy-efficient equipment as well have a bigger storage facility as the Zoo increases its animal collection. Ribble then introduced the co hosts for the evening Ed Arnold and Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, where along with the Zoo Director Kent Yamaguchi, presented a beautiful bouquet of roses to Auction Chair Donel Wiles and Executive Director Cathi Decker thanking them for another successful Zoofari.

Frank Mickedeit was then called up to be honored for his part helping the Zoo. Mickedeit stayed three nights "living in a cage" and his experience was captured on a webcam as well as documented in his daily column for the OC Register. He thanked everyone for their support while ribbing a few people with his comedic style.

Opportunity prizes were picked with Monica Kim winning golf for four at Candelwood; Judy Larios was excited to receive the Tiffany jewelry; and Del and Carole Stagg were the lucky winners for a Disneyland package.

Chuck Dreyer then worked his magic during the live auction; this was his 15th year helping the Zoo. Outstanding priceless items were a Hug and Snuggles Tour of the Zoo, which takes the winner on a private behind-the-scenes encounter to help feed and care for the animals and then lunch with the Zoo Director which sold five times at $400 dollars each. A lavish four-course with wine pairing dinner for eight in the luxurious surroundings of your home prepared by Parties by Panache was a steal for $800. Kent Yamaguchi was the lucky winner of a four day, three night adventure to the "Grand Dame of the Desert" - the historic Arizona Biltmore for two which includes air fare, rental car, and a visit to the Phoenix Zoo that includes a behind-the-scenes animal encounter. He paid $1200 for the complete package. A 4 day, 3 night romantic rendezvous to the Inn at Opolo Bed & Breakfast with a private tour of Opolo Vineyards and private wine tasting at Eberle Winery then one night Pelican Cove Inn in Cambria with a 2 day pass to Hearst Castle went for $1250 to Barry and Cathi Hofstetter. Peggy Turk from Corona del Mar was excited to win "The Frank Experience" for 4 at the zoo. The package was inspired by Mickedeit's days living in a primate cage which went for $1500. Mark Harrison from Corona del Mar was the lucky winner to the 3 night tasting tour of Napa Valley with golf via a private jet, paying $6,000. Dreyer then asked everyone to help fund the walk-in freezer that is badly needed for the zoo. Raised was $11,000 and those who contributed received the decorative hand made camel center piece.

Cathi Decker, Executive Director said the silent auction was very successful, especially with items such as the "wish lists" for the animals being a big hit. "Things like mist systems, field trips for the kids as well as items needed for the commissary are very needed. Those folks who purchased items for the animals are to be thanked because it's so appreciated".

The evening was a huge hit with attendance, sponsorships and tickets sales up from last year. After the auction, attendees were ready to dance into the night with the great music provided by "The Class of 69". From Chicago to Stevie Wonder, the dance floor was filled with folks dancing to hit songs from the 70's and 80s.

The Zoofari fundraiser is sponsored by FOSAZ, a non-profit organization which has helped support and improve the Zoo for over 30 years. The Santa Ana Zoo is Orange County's only AZA accredited Zoo and is recognized as signifying excellence and commitment to animal care and conservation. The Santa Ana Zoo provides a place to have fun, to learn, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.









HUGE SUCCESS AT ZOOFARI 2009 "Funky Monkey"
THANK YOU !

Funky Monkey was the theme of this year's Zoofari, held on August 22 here at the Santa Ana Zoo. Zoofari has become one of the most enchanting, exciting, and entertaining fundraising events in Orange County, all thanks to you!

Zoofari proceeds from this year are being used to upgrade our Zoo's commissary, where the food for the animals is prepared, along with other important Zoo upgrades in preparation for our upcoming AZA inspection.

We'd like to thank our Co-Chairs Ed Arnold and Sandy Segerstrom Daniels as well as our Master of Ceremonies Chuck Dreyer. This year, we honored Lana Chandler, the Del Oro Pacific Railroad Club, and the Santa Ana Elks Lodge No. 794.

Also, we must mention the incredible amount of work a very creative and dedicated Zoofari committee put into making this event happen. The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park could not continue its development into one of the premier small zoos in the country without the support of its generous donors, Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ) and its board of directors, and the substantial investment from the City of Santa Ana in providing the Zoo's operating budget. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency (PRCSA) also provides extensive operational support through its Administration/Design Division and Park Services Maintenance Division. The Zoo is proving to be a model of private and public collaboration for providing top-quality care for the animals we maintain, outstanding educational and conservation programs, as well as a beautiful zoological and botanical garden for our community to enjoy.

There is still much more to be done, as the possibilities are endless and exciting. With the outstanding success of Zoofari 2009, we are already planning for an even better Santa Ana Zoo.

Thank YOU for your support.


Huge Success at Zoofari 2008 - Thank You!

The theme of last year's Zoofari was Carrousel Animalia, held August 23 here at the Santa Ana Zoo. Zoofari has become one of the most enchanting, exciting, and entertaining fundraising events in Orange County, all thanks to you!

Zoofari proceeds from this year are being used to bring the legacy of a Conservation Carrousel to the Santa Ana Zoo. We'd like to thank our Co-Chairs Ed Arnold and Sandy Segerstrom Daniels as well as our Master of Ceremonies Chuck Dreyer. This year, we honored Howard & Karin Hall and Ron & Joyce Glazier.

Also, we must mention the incredible amount of work a very creative and dedicated Zoofari committee put into making this event happen. The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park could not continue its development into one of the premier small zoos in the country without the support of its generous donors, Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), and its board of directors, and the substantial investment from the City of Santa Ana in providing the Zoo's operating budget. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency (PRCSA) also provides extensive operational support through its Administration/Design Division and Park Services Maintenance Division. The Zoo is proving to be a model of private and public collaboration for providing top-quality care for the animals we maintain, outstanding educational and conservation programs, as well as a beautiful zoological garden for our community to enjoy.

There is still much more to be done, but the possibilities are endless and exciting, and with our hugely successful Zoofari 2008 we are already planning for an even better Santa Ana Zoo.

Thank YOU for your support!


ZOOFARI 2007 "Tango in the Tall Grass"

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