Wednesday, April 2, 2014
6:30pm – 8:30pm

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Zootini is a rain or shine event.  All food and beverage locations are located inside four buildings (Peacock Pavilion, Safari Lodge, 4-D Theater and Manatee Springs.  If it is raining, bring an umbrella as you will need to walk between these buildings. 

Zootini is “shaking” things up on Wednesday, April 2.  Guests will enjoy a variety of zoo-inspired martini tastings, live music, animal encounters, light appetizers courtesy of local restaurants and more.  Martinis will be shaken and stirred by some of our favorite Zoo friends.   

Proceeds from the “A Toast to the Wild” event series support the Zoo’s own Lindner Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW).

  • Individual Tickets to Zootini – $40
  • Designated Driver ticket to Zootini – $30 per person

ALL of the events SOLD OUT last year – so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot!

All guests must have a ticket and be 21 or older to attend our Toast to the Wild Events. Guests with infants and/or small children will not be permitted to enter the gates under any circumstances.

Thank you to our 2014 Zootini/A Toast to the Wild Presenting Sponsor:

Tasting Sponsor:
Media Sponsor:
 Official Soft Drink:
Thank You to our participating restaurants!
 delicio logo  Fusian logo  
gigis cupcakes logo
meritage logo  
Mt Adams Pavilion logo Pizza Tower Logo  
Qdoba logo  TasteOfBelgium ShortVine logo  
Whole-Foods  Taste of the Wild Logo  
KIND bar logo  Sweet Peace logo  
essencha logo madisonos gelato  
noodles red sesame logo  
elis_logo Yagoot1  
Restaurant participation as of 3-22-14

How do I purchase a ticket over the phone?  Call (513) 559-7749.

If I have questions about the event, who can I contact?   Please email any questions you have about the event to:

What does my ticket include?Included in your ticket is admission to the event, parking in the Zoo’s Vine Street lot, featured beverage sampling, light fare donated by local restaurants, live music and up-close animal encounters.

How much of my ticket purchase supports CREW? $30 of each ticket goes directly to support CREW’s research both here and abroad. In 2013, we raised over $145,000 to support CREW’s research.

Where do I park? Please park in the Zoo’s main parking lot at 3400 Vine Street. You can find directions and additional parking details here. Just look for the solar panels!

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 call or email Jarrid Vaughn at 513-487-3330 or

With my Toast to the Wild ticket, am I able to come earlier in the day and enjoy the Zoo until the event starts?  Unfortunately your Toast to the Wild ticket only gives you admittance into the Zoo beginning at 6:15pm on the scheduled event date.  Please visit the ticketing page on our website to learn more about planning your visit to the Zoo!

Is the whole Zoo open during the event? Each event features a different section of the Zoo and only that portion is open during the event.

Will you have non-alcoholic beverages available? Yes, there will be stations serving both Pepsi products and water during the event.

Will there be vegetarian food options? Our food samplings vary based on the restaurants who have donated to the event, so we may not always have vegetarian options available.

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.

Will the event be inside or outdoors? Both! Toast to the Wild events utilize both indoor and outdoor exhibits throughout the Zoo.

Where can we learn more about supporting CREW? The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) was the first of it’s 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 most recently the polar bear. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of three Zoo’s in the United States to have a facility dedicated to conservation and research. You can read more about CREW here.

Can I bring my children to the event? Toast to the Wild events are for adults only as they feature alcoholic beverages. You must be at least 21 years old to attend.

What do I wear? Please dress comfortably for a fun evening at the Zoo. Remember the events are rain or shine and feature both indoor and outdoor exhibits throughout the Zoo.

I am a Zoo member, can I purchase a discounted ticket? Since this is a fundraiser for CREW, there is one event ticket price.

Can I get a tax deduction for my ticket purchase? $15 of each ticket is tax deductible.  You can find this information on your receipt.

Thank you for your interest in supporting “A Toast to the Wild – Tasting Series” presented by Key Bank. These events benefit the Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. CREW is internationally recognized for their signature research involving rhinos, small cats, endangered 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 five sampling events – Zootini, Wild About Wine (three events) and Zoo Brew. In 2012, over 4,000 people attending these events to raise over $145,000 to benefit CREW. All five events were sold out and three of the five sold out nearly 30 days in advance. We look forward to continuing this success with our events in 2013.