How to Watch


If you purchased an upgraded VIP ticket and will be joining the VIP party at 6 p.m. PDT, you will receive reminder emails both the day before and the day of the event which will include the link to watch the live show. You will not need to download anything. You will be able to watch the entirety of the R·I·T·Z Virtual event including the VIP party and the 7 p.m. PDT “Mane” party from this link.

“Mane” Event

To watch the complimentary “mane” event at 7 p.m. PDT, simply visit the San Diego Zoo Facebook page. If you have registered via the Eventbrite page found here, you will also be receiving an email with the direct link to watch. If you have marked that you are “Going” or “Interested” in the event on Facebook, you will be able to find the link there as well. You do not need a Facebook account to watch the Facebook Live video.

Need help?

If you are having technical issues or have questions on the night of September 12, we will have a call center that will be open from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. PDT and can be reached at 619-685-3245 or Toll-FREE at 833-989-1227

How Can I Name the Baby Rhino?

The opportunity to name the baby female greater one-horned rhino will be available in our live auction. The live auction will take place during the VIP party. Bidding will be through the auction on the OneCause online bidding site. Under “Browse Items”, navigate to the “Live Auction” tab. From there you can follow the bidding instructions and be sure to set your max bids. No ticket necessary to bid, anyone can participate in the online bidding. You can also place a bid during the event by calling the call center at 619-685-3245 or Toll-FREE at 833-989-1227. Name restrictions may apply. Name selection must be made by October 1, 2020.

How Can I Name the Penguin?

Enter our sweepstakes for your chance to name an African penguin chick by registering for the free event on Eventbrite. VIP ticketholders have automatically been entered to win. The winner will be randomly selected on or after approximately 7:15 PM PDT on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Click here for complete rules and eligibility. If you would like to opt out of the sweepstakes, please email

How Do I Vote in the Love For Wildlife Competition?

Take part in our Love For Wildlife competition and everyone wins! Voting will take place through the OneCause Online Bidding Platform. Vote for your favorite animal by donating through OneCause. Simply select the animal you would like to vote for and make your tax-deductible donation of any amount. Vote for more than one—and enjoy knowing that no matter which you choose they all win!

How Can I Donate?

Your support at this year’s R·I·T·Z helps meet the most urgent needs of wildlife at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park as well as critically endangered species around the globe relying on us each and every day. Donate by participating in the Love For Wildlife competition, through OneCause, or you can also make a donation during the event by calling the call center at 619-685-3245 or Toll-FREE at 833-989-1227.

Are You Doing a Silent Auction? How Do I Register?

The R·I·T·Z Silent Auction will begin at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, September 4, 2020, and close at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, September 13, 2020. All bidders must pre-register by clicking here and choosing “Sign In” at the top. Or text “sandiegozooritz” to 243725.

I Bought a VIP Ticket but Live Outside of San Diego. Will I Still Get Dinner Delivered?

Tickets purchased for the VIP event at the dinner level for individuals that live outside of the San Diego area will receive dining certificates to local restaurants. These will be handled on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions, please email

Are Event Tickets Considered a Tax Donation?

Event tickets purchased, less the fair market value (FVM) of the benefits received, are deductible for income tax purposes. FVM varies by ticket level and can be found when purchasing tickets.