We’re roaring into the future with a gala unlike any other. We invite you to join us for Rendezvous In The Zoo (R·I·T·Z) – Roaring Forward! For the first time in the history of R·I·T·Z, everyone can join in the excitement from the comfort of home!

Perks of Being a VIP:

Upgraded VIP ticket options feature our Event in a Box with bubbly for a
toast, gourmet dinner by Eddie V’s, and more—delivered straight to you!

An exclusive VIP virtual pre-party that starts at 6 p.m.

Chance to name a baby greater one-horned rhino in our live auction (psst . . .
it’s a girl!).
Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, San Diego Zoo Rady Animal Ambassador encounters,
and greeting from Joan Embery.
Cocktail demo by San Diego Zoo Global’s very own Chef Carissa Giacalone.
VIP guests will also be invited to join us for an in-person appreciation event
when we can once again gather at the world-famous San Diego Zoo!


The “Mane” Event Starts at 7 p.m. on San Diego Zoo Global’s Facebook Live:

Tell one, tell all! This virtual event is FREE for all to join!
Learn about the wildlife in our care and our conservation efforts around the
world, then cast your vote for your favorite species.
Meet San Diego Zoo’s Rady Animal Ambassadors.
Strut your stuff on the kitchen dance floor—you might even learn a move or two!
Get to bidding in the online silent auction September 4 through September 13.
Enjoy many more fun surprises and special guest appearances in the comfort
of your own home!


Register today to party the night away and you’ll also be entered into our sweepstakes to name a baby penguin chick!

Click here for official rules and eligibility.

Your support at this year’s R·I·T·Z helps meet the most urgent needs of wildlife at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and critically endangered species around the globe relying on us each and every day.