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Saturday June 16, 2018


Wild @ Heart. RITZ 2018

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

San Diego Zoo Global's annual black-tie, fund-raising gala will benefit The Sanford Children's Zoo at the San Diego Zoo. 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 16, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Gala chairs Kathryn and Don Vaughn, 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 2018

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 2018 is raising funds for The Sanford Children's Zoo at the San Diego Zoo.

The completely reimagined Children's Zoo will be a safe and joyful place where kids can build empathy for animals through play and discovery. The Sanford Children's Zoo at the San Diego Zoo will provide an adventurous, intimate, and engaging opportunity for children to interact with nature, alongside their families.



$500 per person

$1,000 per person R•I•T•Z Circle Preferred Seating is SOLD OUT!

R•I•T•Z 2018 has sold out!

Or, contact R•I•T•Z Reservation Chair Marilyn Neumann at:

📞 619-287-5435

R•I•T•Z 2018 has sold out!


Have a one-of-a-kind item to donate to our silent or live auction? Complete our Auction Donation form and help us make The Sanford Children's Zoo at the San Diego Zoo a reality.

Auction Form ▸

Interested in sponsoring R•I•T•Z by making a financial contribution or underwriting portions of the event?

Underwriting Agreement ▸

R•I•T•Z History
Since it began in 1984, R•I•T•Z has raised over $20 million for the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. R•I•T•Z has benefitted countless habitats at the Zoo and Safari Park including Africa Rocks, Elephant Odyssey, Tiger Trail, and several field conservation programs around the world.

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