Supporters Head South of Border for Annual ‘Do at the Zoo’ Benefit


Donning sombreros and shaking maracas, Palm Beach Zoo supporters traveled south of the border in May 4 for the annual “Do at the Zoo” fundraiser.

Taking place under a nearly full moon on the Mayan Plaza, event highlights included the opportunity to view exotic animals accompanied by zookeepers and go behind the scenes for up-close-and-personal encounters with bears, tigers, and jaguars.

The sold-out evening was hosted by Mary Baker and Susanna Hager, with Whitney Bylin and Tommy Quick serving as event chairs, included cocktails and a movable feast. An array of restaurants served delectable delights, including the famous “bang Bang Shrimp” from Bonefish Grill in Palm Beach Gardens. Committee members included Lourdes Fanjul, Tory Grauer, Ashley Ramos, April Finch, Patrick Killian, Lauriston Roach, Mary Freitas, Emily Mateer and Samantha Storkerson.

All proceeds from “Do at the Zoo” help the organization advance its mission to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat and to inspire others to value and conserve the natural world.

The Palm Beach Zoo is home to more than 1,400 animals and is nationally accredited. The zoo, at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach, is planning a new tiger exhibit. The exhibit is being designed to enhance the habitat of the three Malayan tiger cubs born in 2011.

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