The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is not only a favorite spot to take Jeffrey, but it’s also a great place for adults. The Cleveland Zoological Society events have become a favorite way to experience the Zoo in an adult setting. On Friday night, Matthew and I attended the revamped Zippity Zoo Doo fundraiser and had a wonderful time!
In the past, Zippity Zoo Doo included a sit-down dinner, but this year, the Cleveland Zoological Society switched up the caterer to The Driftwood Group and created dinner stations around the tents, along with additional bars serving specialty cocktails.
This allowed guests to mix, mingle, and also explore the beautiful new Rosebrough Tiger Passage, which was the centerpiece of the evening’s celebration.
The new tiger exhibit has five times the space as the former exhibit, with raised walkways for the Zoo’s Amur tigers to move from area to area.
And while the Zoo’s current tigers won’t be breeding, the exhibit is set up to accommodate tiger cubs someday!
The Driftwood Group also made the Rosebrough Tiger Passage the center of their food selections, with “Eye of the Tiger” steak, “tiger-striped” ravioli, and tiger shrimp appetizers. The names were creative and the taste was delicious!
Some of the best parts of Zippity Zoo Doo remained with the new format: the chance to get up close with some Zoo critters and have a wonderful evening out with friends while supporting the Zoo’s educational programs.
If you’re looking for a fun way to support the Zoo, tickets for the wildly popular (see what I did there?) Date Night at the ZOOvies go on sale next Monday, June 20 at 9am. Last year, tickets sold out within the day, so you’ll want to set your smartphone reminder now!
Date Night at the ZOOvies takes place on Friday, August 19. You’ll be able to explore the Australian Adventure and African Savanna exhibits while enjoying complimentary beer, wine, and light appetizers. Then head to the Savanna Theater to watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” under the stars. Tickets are $40 a piece or $65 for two tickets. This is one of my favorite summer events! Hope to see you there!
Oh, and a friendly reminder that you can still save 15% through June 30 on a Zoo membership by clicking here and using promo code WHYCLE on an Individual Plus, Family, Family Plus, or Family Select membership.
***Disclosure: I received one complimentary and one discounted ticket to Zippity Zoo Doo, two complimentary tickets to Date Night at the ZOOvies, and a complimentary membership renewal for helping to promote these various Cleveland Zoological Society events. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***