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WALTZ on the Wild Side presented by Senior Star

The event, set for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, at the zoo, will feature cuisine from 40 of the finest area restaurants, and offer guests an opportunity to experience unique animal encounters.

Join the zoo as we WALTZ Into the Tropics during the 26th year of this annual event. The zoo will transform into an island adventure, complete with tiki torches, palm trees, and vintage tropical prints. Guests can refill their Caribbean-themed cocktails at tiki bars across the zoo.

To beat the heat during the evening, cooling stations and fans will be placed around the gala. Guests can dance on an air-conditioned dance floor while they enjoy live music from Professor D.

There will also be a special online prize raffle with categories ranging from date nights for a year, to a shopping spree around Tulsa.  Raffle tickets are $50 a piece. The winners will be announced the night of WALTZ and do not have to be present to win.

Standing for “We All Love the Tulsa Zoo,” WALTZ on the Wild Side presented by Senior Star will benefit the zoo’s capital campaign, Building Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, which launched in 2012. Building Beyond supports the zoo’s 20-year master plan. In 2015, WALTZ raised $227,000 for the zoo’s capital campaign.

In the past 26 years, these exceptional WALTZ evenings have generated millions of dollars for many exhibits zoo guests know and love, including the Chimpanzee Connection, the Elephant Demonstration Yard, Helmerich Sea Lion Cove and the Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve.

WALTZ on the Wild Side is a 21-and-up event. Individual tickets for WALTZ start at $125 for Tulsa Zoo Friends members and $150 for not-yet-members. Sponsorships are available, starting at $1,000. Visit  or call 918-669-6614 for more information.

WALTZ 2016 would not be possible without our generous sponsors.