Zoofari 2021

It’s been a wild 50 years at the Gladys Porter Zoo!  You’re invited to celebrate this historic milestone, at Zoofari 2021, the Zoo’s biggest fundraiser of the year on October 2nd.  The golden gala will be an elegant evening featuring mouthwatering food, one-of-a-kind auction items and great fun!  Every bid helps us continue to inspire, educate and captivate generations!  Click on the link below to buy your tickets online today.

Zoofari 2020 will kick off at 6:00 p.m. with the cocktail reception and silent auction, during which guests can sip on a cocktail while they preview and bid on auction items. Dinner, catered by Gourmet Central by Cel, will begin at 7:30 p.m. The live auction, beginning at 8:00 p.m., will include various unique treasures like the opportunity to name our youngest female gorilla.

And to make it  extra special, we are excited to announce that Tipton Ford Motors is donating a 2021 Ford Bronco Sport to be raffled as part of our annual Zoofari fundraiser.  Tickets are now on sale for $100 and can be purchased at the Zoo office, at gpz.org or from a Valley Zoological Society board member.  You can also click on the tickets button below to purchase raffle tickets.  Tickets will be available for purchase online at gpz.org until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021.  The raffle drawing will be held during our Zoofari Golden Gala on October 2, 2021.  The drawing will be livestreamed via Gladys Porter Zoo’s Facebook page..  The winner need not be present at the drawing to win.  For more details check out our raffle page.

If you are unable to attend but want to help a worthy cause please consider making a donation.

A Special thanks to all the Zoofari 2021 Underwriters for helping to make this event possible.

Earl C. Sam’s Foundation, Inc.

Tipton Motors, Inc.


Stephen & Suzanne Shepard

Matt & Patty Gorges

Russell Family Trust

Brownsville Public Utilities Board

Just a Closet Self Storage

Shepard Walton King Insurance Group & Shepard Walton Employee Benefits

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Best

Pete & Vicki Moore

Founders Capital Management, Inc.

Mrs. Bernice Edelstein

Bob & Nancy Ostos

PlainsCapital Bank

Phil & Karen Hunke

Linda & Kirk Schwarz

Vantage Bank Texas

Wildlife Conservation & Education Society of South Texas

Martha & Taylor Blanton

Carlota Tyner

Gary M. Schwarz, DDS, MSD, PA

Robert & Patty Duncan

John & Melinda Wright

Gladys Porter Zoo Docent Council

Bobby & Sandra Duffey

Almaguer Law Office

GRT Realty

Marc & Twilight Freedman

Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP

IBC Bank

Cesar & Ivonne Garza

Boggus Auto Group

L&F Distributors, LLC

Ygnacio D. & Sylvia Garza

Brownsville Pedicab LLC

Lone Star National Bank

Reynaldo & Trudy Garza

Burton McCumber & Longoria, LLP


Gayke Gilmore

Cardenas Metroplex Mercedes Benz

Richardson Rodriguez Financial Group

Jerry & Alice Hirst

City of McAllen

Serafy Foundation

Tony & Rhonda Rodriguez

Rodriguez & Kennamer, LLP

Texas Regional Bank

Homero III & Nancy Salmon

Frost Bank

Uhlhorn Family Partnership

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