Friday, September 15, 2017
6:30pm – Midnight

follow #Zoofari2017

Zoofari was Voted #1 Charity Event in Cincinnati in City Beat’s Best of Cincinnati Issue 2015!

Purchase Tickets

The popular artist from Art Versatile who specializes in henna will also be at this event

Presenting Sponsor


Event chairs: John & Eileen Barrett.

Congo: A Hidden Beauty

A mosaic of rivers, forests, savannas, swamps and flooded forests, the Congo Basin is teeming with life. Spanning six countries and 500 million acres, the Congo Basin makes up one of the most important wilderness areas left on Earth. Over 10,000 species of tropical plants fill lush forests, camouflaging endangered forest elephants, chimpanzees, bonobos, and lowland and mountain gorillas, along with 400 other species of mammals, 1,000 species of birds and 700 species of fish.


Purchase Tickets

Click here to see and share an interactive version of the Zoofari 2017 invitation.

Join us as we discover the mystery, vibrancy and allure of Congo: A Hidden Beauty at Zoofari 2017. Special thanks to the event chairs, John & Eileen Barrett.

Donate to Zoofari

Each year at Zoofari, we sell “Zooloons” during the Cocktail Reception portion of the event. Zooloons are $100 restaurant gift certificates attached to a large mylar balloon shaped like an animal—an extremely popular and very fun way to raise money at Zoofari! In order to make our goal this year, we are asking you to consider donating a restaurant gift certificate in the amount of $100. To make it as easy as possible the Zoo staff can also purchase the gift certificate on your behalf.

All donations are tax-deductible!

Please contact Christina Anderson at 513.487.3318 or 



Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

Official Vehicle:


Lowland Gorilla Suite:
Forest Elephant Suite:


Hippo Table:



If you would like more information about participating, please contact Christina Anderson at 513-487-3318 or or click here.

Zoofari 2017 Participants: CHEF
Abigail Street
A Tavola Chef
Alfio’s Buon Cibo Chef Alfio Gulisano
Art Versatile Chef Anisha Sanghani
Barresi’s Italian Restaurant Chef Sarah Wagner
Bistro Grace Chef David Bevek
Boca Chef  Danny Combs
BRAVO! Cucina Italiana Chef Leo Shumate
Butler’s Bar & Kitchen
Chart House Chef Patrick Kenyon
City BBQ Chef Manny Morales
Cusine de Choclat by JP Chef Jean-Philippe Solnom
eatwell Chef Renee Schuler
Fifty West Brewing Co. Chef John Tomain
Forno Osteria + Bar
French Crust Café & Bistro Chef Carla Heiert
Fresh Table Chef Meredith Trombly
Gabby’s Café Chef Jim Thompson
Gigi’s Cupcakes of Kenwood Chef Amy Jones
Grandview Tavern Chef Will Smith Jr.
Grateful Grahams Chef Rachel DesRochers
Haute Chocolate, Inc Chef Lisa Cooper Holmes
Kabobske Chef Andy Hajjar
Katharina’s Konditorei Restaurant Bar Chef Christine Hambuch
Keystone Bar + Grill Chef Ray Recchia
Kroger Chefs & Murray’s Cheese Chef Allison Poe
La Petite Pierre Chef Eric Polhamus
Madisono’s Gelato + Sorbet Chef Matt Madison
Maggiano’s Little Italy Chef Kristin Whittington
Maribelle’s eat + drink Chef Mike Flora
Masterpiece Creations by Centerplate at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center Chef Sean Schmidt
Mazunte Chef Josh Wamsley
McCormick & Schmick’s Chef Erik Hyden
Metropole Chef Jared Bennett
Mitchell’s Fish Market Chef Jon Ashby
Mt. Adams Pavilion Chef Danny Krzynowek
New Riff Distillery &  Event Center Chef Jay Dickerson
Nothing Bundt Cakes Chef Cinja Heis & Chef Mary Thress
Orchids at Palm Court Chef Todd Kelly & Chef Megan Ketover
Oriental Wok Chef Guy Burgess
Paella At Your Place Chef Hector Esteve
Parkers Blue Ash Tavern Chef Joel Gregorcyk
Pit To Plate BBQ Chef Dianne Creech
Pompilio’s Restaurant Chef Jason Bramel
Jeff Ruby’s Precinct
Red Feather Kitchen Chef Brad Bernstein
Red Roost Tavern Chef Karol Osinski
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Chef Ian Jordan
Sotto Chef Danny Combs
TASTE Chef David Miller
Taste of Belgium Chef Jason Greenman
Teller’s of Hyde Park Chef Brendan Hurley
The Bon Bonerie Chef Tracy Daugherty
Third & Main Chef Josh Sweeney
Tres Belle Cakes Chef Tracy Bellman
Via Vite
Whole Foods Market Chef Jim Ingram

Late Night Restaurants

Holtman’s Donuts
Coffee Emporium

Thank you to the following restaurants for supporting Zoofari 2017 by providing restaurant gift certificates for the Zooloons.


Alfio’s Buon Cibo
Bistro Grace
Grandview Tavern
Haute Chocolate, Inc
J. Alexander
Jags Steak & Seafood
Keystone Bar & Grill
La Petite Pierre
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Mt. Adams Pavilion
Seasons 52
Via Vite