Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, animal education presentations by conservation ambassador Joan Embrey and staff, auctions, a glamorous gourmet dinner from Executive Chef Terry Guise of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, and dancing the night away to Wayne Foster Entertainment made “Wild Things: A Night in the Savanna” another memorable Rendezvous in the Zoo (RITZ) benefit.
Held on zoo grounds in Balboa Park June 21, the black-tie soiree was chaired by Lisette and Mick Farrell with this year’s beneficiary the zoo’s new Savanna habitat — a home for a herd of zebras, several baboon troops, ibex, and warthogs.
The San Diego Zoo sits on 100 acres and is home to more than 4,000 endangered animals representing 800 species. More than 3 million people visit the zoo each year. Visit
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