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Toast to the Wild General Info

Thank you for your interest in supporting “A Toast To The Wild – Tasting Series”. These events benefit the Lindner Center for the Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. CREW is internationally recognized for their signature research involving rhinos, small cats, exceptional plants and polar bears. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of three Zoos in the United States to have a facility dedicated to conservation and research.

The series is comprised of four sampling events – Cocktails for Conservation, Wild About Wine (two events) and Zoo Brew.

FAQ

Toast to the Wild events are for adults only as they feature alcoholic beverages – you must be at least 21 years old to attend.

More Answers

If I have a question about the event, who can I contact?

For questions about the event, you can send an email to: [email protected].

What does the VIP ticket include?

The VIP experience includes VIP only entrance to the Zoo starting at 5:30pm, an hour before the rest of the event, a private entrance and parking, and exclusive access to the indoor, air-conditioned areas.  Food samples will also be provided by local restaurants for you to enjoy, along with 2 additional drink samples for VIP guests.

Where do I park or get dropped off?

Please park in the Zoo’s main parking lot at 3400 Vine Street. You can find directions and additional parking details at: Directions and Parking Just look for the solar panels!

Our VIP guests will park in our Safari Parking Lot.  You will enter Gate 4 at 3498 Dury Ave and follow the road down to the main parking lot.  Safari Parking Lot is shown as the overflow parking lot closest to Forest Ave here: Directions and Parking

If you are entering the Zoo after 6:30pm, you will need to park in the Vine Street parking lot.

For taxi or driver pickup, please direct vehicles to meet you at the Front Zoo Entrance (3325 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220).  Vip guests should have their driver take them into the Zoo and down to Safari Parking Lot turnstiles dropoff (not on Dury Ave)!

What if I don't receive my ticket/confirmation email?

Your confirmation email will have an attached PDF which holds your ticket. Print out a copy of the attachment/ticket and bring it with you the evening of the event.  If you did not receive an email, check your SPAM folder as well as your Trash folder.   If those turn up blank, please either arrive a little early with your confirmation number or email our Visitor Experience Team at  [email protected].

With my Toast to the Wild ticket, am I able to come earlier in the day and enjoy the Zoo until the event starts?

Your Toast to the Wild ticket is good for admission beginning at 6:30pm on the scheduled event date.  Please visit the ticketing page on our website to learn more about planning your visit to the Zoo.

Is there food at the event?

You will find a wide variety of food options, available for purchase, throughout the event.

Will there be vegetarian food options?

Yes, we will have a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options available for purchase.

Will you have non-alcoholic beverages available?

Yes, there will be stations serving complimentary Pepsi products and water during the event.

Will the event be held if there is inclement weather?

Yes, the events are held rain or shine – please make sure you dress comfortably for the weather.

How much of my ticket purchase supports CREW?

$35 of each ticket goes directly to support CREW’s research both here and abroad.

Where can I learn more about supporting CREW?

The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) was the first of its kind, state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to saving endangered plants and animals from extinction. CREW is internationally recognized for their research with many projects including work with rhinos, small cats, endangered plants and polar bears. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of only three Zoos in the United States to have a facility dedicated to conservation and research. You can read more about CREW at: Crew Homepage.

Will there be tickets available at the door?

Once we have reached capacity via pre-purchased ticket sales, we are unable to sell any additional tickets at the door. We highly recommend you pre-purchase your tickets.

What do I wear?

Please dress comfortably for a fun evening at the Zoo – remember the events are rain/shine and feature both indoor and outdoor habitats throughout the Zoo.

I am a Zoo member, can I purchase discounted tickets?

Yes!   We are excited to offer Zoo members a discounted rate this year!

Can I get a tax deduction for my ticket purchase?

$35 of each event ticket is tax deductible.  You can find this information on your receipt.

Cincinnati Zoo Events: Know Before You Go

Based on direction from health experts to promote social distancing, event offerings may be modified. Events offerings will have reduced capacity and are subject to limited availability or closure.

Things to know:

  • Event guests will be able to self-scan upon entry with the digital tickets that are emailed in advance.
  • There will be lots of information and signage everywhere!  Look for these at Zoo entrances, building locations, and throughout the event space with specific information.
  • Not sure where to stand? Don’t worry, we’ll have line markers for you.
  • Zoo employees are required to wear masks. We request that guests wear masks too.
  • Menus and service styles are changing!  This will reduce face-to-face interactions and guest touchpoints.
  • Three restroom locations will be open. Please be sure to wash your hands frequently (and for at least 20 seconds) to stop the spread of germs! Additional hand sanitizer will be available throughout the park.
  • We will be following recommended CDC guidelines
  • Additional protocols and procedures may be announced closer to the event date, as instructed by the government and health officials. Please check this page for the most current information on event updates and safety procedures.
  • A pre-event email will be sent to you with more information before your event date.

To see what else the Zoo is doing to ensure the safety of our visitors, please visit: http://cincinnatizoo.org/prepare-for-your-zoo-visit/  We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this process as responsibly as we can.

2020 Toast to the Wild Events

Wild About Wine
July 30 & August 13

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