Series Includes Zootini, Wild about Wine Events and Zoo Brew CINCINNATI (February 12, 2013) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s most popular event series is back! A Toast to the Wild, sponsored by KeyBank, kicks off with Zootini on Wednesday, April 3. All proceeds go to the Zoo’s Linder Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). A Toast to the Wild series tickets are available to purchase now through April 3. The series includes tickets to Zootini, all three Wild about Wine events and Zoo Brew! These events sell out every year, so tickets should be purchased in advance to secure a spot. Visit the Event Calendar on the Zoo’s website, www.cincinnatizoo.org, for a complete listing and to purchase your tickets. Zootini is “shaking” things up on Wednesday, April 3. Guest will enjoy a variety of zoo-inspired martini tastings, live music, animal encounters, a silent auction and light appetizers courtesy of local restaurants. Martinis will be shaken and stirred by friends from Three Olives. This event is held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Safari Camp. Wild about Wine un-corks this year on May 9, June 20, and August 15. Each tasting takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at different locations throughout the park. Unique wines will be provided courtesy of Kroger, Constellation Wines and Banfi Vintners. In addition, guests will enjoy food-by-the-bite from local restaurants, live music, a silent auction and up-close animal encounters. Zoo Brew is on-tap this year on Thursday, October 3. The annual beer tasting event takes place from 6:30 –8:30 p.m. and will feature a wide variety of beers provided by Samuel Adams including some unique and seasonal brews. Brew-masters will be on site to discuss the “science of beer,” provide insight on beer varieties, and answer any questions guests may have. Light fare from local restaurants, live music, a silent auction and special animal encounters will add additional fun this annual fundraiser. All guests must have a ticket and be at least 21 years of age to attend our Toast to the Wild Events. For those who would like to experience all five events and not sample the exotic drinks, the Zoo offers a Designated Driver ticket for $25 a person to ensure a fun and safe time for everyone. For more information email WildaboutWine@cincinnatizoo.org. Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged for each evening as space is limited and events are expected to sell-out.