Part of the Cincinnati Zoo's Toast to the Wild series, Wild About Wine is a super-popular after-hours party that invites the public to wander the zoo grounds while sipping on glasses of vino.
After listening to feedback, the zoo has expanded the always-sold-out event, offering longer hours, more space, more animals and more tickets.
Each ticket includes access to zoo exhibits, 12 drink samples, a commemorative wine glass, a welcome drink, food for purchase, animal encounters, live music from cover band Linus Tate and a meet-and-greet with CREW scientists.
VIP tickets include early access to the event, complimentary food samples, additional drink tickets, private animal encounters and access to exclusive air-conditioned areas.
Proceeds from Toast to the Wild events, which also include the zoo's Zoo Brew and Cocktails for Conservation, support the Lindner Center for the Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW), which is internationally recognized for its research involving rhinos, small cats, exceptional plants and polar bears.
Wild About Wine takes place 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 16 (5:30 p.m. entry for VIP). Tickets are $50; $45 members; $80 VIP; $75 member VIP. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. Tickets and more info here.