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Attention all animal and food lovers (um that should be pretty much everyone)! We’re super pumped to announce that one of our favorite events is back and looking (tasting?) better than ever. Ya’ll ready to eat, drink and hang out with animals? Good!

Zoofari: Dine for Wildlife returns to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on May 17 for a night of good eats, fun drinks and cute animals. Zoofari is all about celebrating D.C.’s rich and diverse culinary culture while supporting one of the District’s most important features, our robust and essential Zoo. At ZooFari you’ll be able to sample delicious food, wine, and beer, participate in a silent auction (featuring exclusive animal-made artwork) meet a naked mole-rat, and much more—all while supporting conservation work around the globe.

Nearly 100 of Washington, D.C.’s best restaurants will descend upon the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for ZooFari: Dine for Wildlife, the area’s biggest and longest-running food and drink tasting event hosted by Friends of the National Zoo. In addition to extraordinary food and fine wines, ZooFari also offers a night of unforgettable entertainment. The chef that rocks, DJ Chef—champion of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen—will be preparing eats while spinning beats!

Guests will also dance under the stars with live music by renowned dance band DC Fusion and classically trained violinist Ben Hoyt. There will also be exotic animal encounters, food sculptors, a cake decorating contest by the Art Institute of Washington, and a silent auction featuring exclusive paintings made by D.C.’s famous panda family Mei Xiang, Tian Tian, and Bei Bei.

Tickets are available now at fonz.org/zoofari. Exclusive VIP packages are also available. Some of these packages offer all-access tickets, valet parking, and a private VIP pre-party, as well as behind-the-scenes animal tours. We’ve been on a behind-the-scenes tour and it’s as adorable as you’re imagining so GET YOUR TIX NOW!