Wild Affair: A West Side Story, Zoo Style

Michelle Gardner, Reservation Specialist

Each year, Zoo staff and a host of volunteers put together a wonderful fundraising event called Wild Affair. The proceeds from this event go directly to the Tall Wonders, giraffe exhibit renovation and expansion project. Dave Bender is our host and auctioneer for the evening, and no one could do it better!

In addition to awesome silent and live auction items, the staff puts together a show for the guests to make the live auction "come to life". From Maintenance to Membership, from Animal Care to family members - everyone gets involved. With the stunning help of Ed Goldman and his daughter Jessica (who works at the Zoo), the artistic and creativity juices sprung into action around August to make sure the show was perfect.

The show this year was taken from A West Side Story and given zoo flare to create A Land Park Story. There were lions, tigers, no bears, but great hornbills, bongos, red pandas, and a hyena that stole the show. Don’t worry, no animals were harmed during the making of the show, it was all staff!

I am amazed at the talent the Goldman family and staff posses to create the great costumes, lyrics, music, choreography, power point, and so much more. If you have not had the pleasure to see the show live, I highly recommend attending in 2010; it’s the best show in town!

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