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Saturday June 17, 2017


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Fine Dining
Joan Embery and Friends
Silent and Live Auction
Fine Dining Joan Embery and Friends
Live Music Silent Auction

Join us for a magical evening of cocktails, gourmet dining, and animal friends!

San Diego Zoo Global’s annual black-tie, fund-raising gala will benefit the new Walkabout Australia at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Rendezvous In The Zoo (R•I•T•Z) takes place under the stars in the unique setting of the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Gala chairs Tory and Rick Gulley, along with 80 volunteers, are planning a party that will transform the Zoo grounds into a magical setting. It will be an unforgettable evening that includes:

R•I•T•Z Challenge 2017

Details to come.

Fine Dining

Lavish hors d'oeuvres, hosted cocktails, and a 3-course gourmet dinner.

Joan Embery & Friends

Conservation ambassador Joan Embery and her animal friends.

Live Entertainment

Spectacular, high-energy live musical entertainment and dancing to the music of Wayne Foster Entertainment.

Silent and Live Auction

R•I•T•Z 2017 is raising funds for the new Walkabout Australia at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Walkabout Australia will immerse the visitor into an authentic Aussie bush experience, and provide close and enriching encounters with Australian wildlife. Both auctions will have unique items that will tempt you, and appeal to a multitude of interests while benefiting this new and exciting addition to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.


$500 per person

$900 per person
R•I•T•Z Circle Preferred Seating

Contact R•I•T•Z Reservation Chair Marilyn Neumann:

📞 619-287-5435


Reserve your tickets today, as they sell out quickly. This is an event you won't want to miss!


Since it began in 1984, R•I•T•Z has raised over $19 million for the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Beneficiaries at the Zoo include Australian Outback, Sun Bear Forest, Gorilla Tropics, Elephant Odyssey, Ituri Forest, and Pygmy Chimps at Bonobo Road.

R•I•T•Z recipients at the Safari Park include Tiger Trail, Lion Camp, and the Paul Harter Veterinary Medical Center. The Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program and San Diego Zoo Global conservation programs in the Caribbean have also benefited from R•I•T•Z.

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