The Birmingham Zoo is debuting a reimagined version of its marquee fundraising event on Sept. 8 – Wild at Heart: Rhino Crash.
No, this isn’t a rhinoceros showdown. Crash is what a group of rhinos is called.
The event will feature an evening at the zoo’s plaza with food, an auction, open bar and live music by Yacht Rock Schooner, according to a zoo news release.
The event, presented by First Horizon Bank, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., with entry at 5:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders.
Guests are invited to dress in “wild chic,” expressing their inner party animal in their favorite feathers, stripes, spots or scales. The zoo’s Instagram account, @bhamzoo, offers fashionable ideas.
Honorary chairs for the event are the Collat and Goedecke families, well-known, longtime Birmingham-area philanthropists. The Collat family owns Mayer Electric Supply Company Inc.
Event co-chairs are Rosemary Alexander, Stephanie Cooper and Dr. Anthony C. Hood.
General admission tickets are $250 each, or $1,000 for a “crash” of five. Animal encounter/VIP tickets with an exclusive animal experience and access to the Watering Hole, which includes a private bar, balcony and indoor access, are $425, with only 50 spots available. Watering Hole/VIP tickets are $350 each.
For more information, or to get tickets, go to www.birminghamzoo.com/event/wildatheart.