Press Release: 07/25/2016

Oakland Zoo Presents 24th Annual Walk in the Wild: An Epicurean Escapade!

Erin Harrison, Senior Manager, Marketing & PR
(510) 632-9525 ext. 135

Oakland, CA - Oakland Zoo’s 24thAnnual ‘Walk in the Wild’ premier event to benefit animals takes place on June 25, 2016, from 5:00pm – 10:00pm. The annual fundraiser, a completely sold out event last year, offers guests an evening of live musical entertainment, scrumptious dining from the Bay Area’s top chefs and restaurants, an impressive selection of regional beers and wines, and delicious desserts. Over 100 Bay Area restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and bakeries are participating.

In addition to the main event, the Private Patron (pre-) Party will take place from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Oakland Zoo’s Snow Building. The Patron Party will include the opportunity to meet Zoo animal ambassadors, enjoy live music, specialty cocktails, and hear from Oakland Zoo President and CEO, Dr. Joel Parrott.

With each reservation, guests receive a commemorative wine glass and butler tray to try samples of superb culinary cuisine paired with fine wine, beer, and specialty drinks.

Reservations start at $150 per person. All proceeds from this adult-only engagement help Oakland Zoo provide the highest quality animal care and exhibits, supporting the protection of endangered species worldwide, and delivering impactful education programs that aim to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders.

Due to the service of alcohol, adults only. No guests under 21 please.

Oakland Zoo’s Walk in the Wild event is sponsored by Taiwan, the Heart of Asia. Praised by The New York Times as the "island of green in Asia," Taiwan has been devoting tremendous efforts and resources into the development of Green Tourism. Nature and wildlife conservation is the driving force behind Taiwan's infrastructural development that links tourists to Taiwan's wilderness - the home to the world's highest concentration of butterfly and bird species as well as a protected habitat for the critically endangered Taiwan Formosan Black Bear and white dolphin. As an avid supporter of animal conservation, Taiwan Tourism Bureau San Francisco Office is extending their efforts in the U.S. through their collaboration with Oakland Zoo. Besides their contribution to our annual fundraiser, Taiwan Tourism Bureau's Oh!Bear mascot (aka Moon bear) will greet guests during Walk in the Wild and information about Green Tourism in Taiwan will also be available.

Participating Vendors:

Acacia Vineyards
alaMar Kitchen & Bar
Ale Industries
Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar
Bijou Restaurant & Bar
Bishop's Vineyard
Bordenave’s Bakery
Café Van KleefCalavera
Calicraft Brewing Company
Charles Krug Winery
Christine's Upper Crust Pies
Concannon Vineyard
Cookiebar Creamery
The CORE Group
Crogan's Montclair
Dashe Cellars
Drakes's Brewing Company
E.J. Phair Brewery & Alehouse
E & O Kitchen
Eat Drink Be Merry Catering Co.
El Agavero Restaurant
Elliston Vineyards
Englander Sports Pub & Restaurant
Faction Brewing Company
Faz Restaurants
Fenestra Winery
Fentons Creamery
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Fiscalini Cheese Company
Fusion Jerky
Gourmet Xpress
Guadalajara Restaurant
Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts
Holly’s Mandarin
Home of Chicken and Waffles
Honest Tea
Hopper Creek Winery
Irish Monkey Cellars
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Jeff Cohn Cellars
Keena's Kitchen
Kinder's BBQ
La Bocca Fina Catering
Ladyfingers Bakery
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lava Pit Hawaiian Grill
Line 51 Brewing
Little Valley Winery
Marley's Treats
McLaughlin Coffee Company
Mendocino Brewing Company
Mercy Vineyards
Mika's Cupcakes
Mill Creek Vineyards & Winery
Montibella Sausage Company
Murrieta’s Well Winery
New Belgium Brewing Company
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Numi Organic Tea
Oakland Brewing Company
Oakland Zoo Island Café
Otaez Mexican Restaurant
Otaez Taqueria
Ozumo Restaurant
Pacific Coast Brewing
Peter's Kettle Corn
Pizza Port Brewing Company
Portales Taqueria
Pour Wine & Bistro
Red Boy Pizza
Retzlaff Vineyards
Rock Wall Wine Company
Roland Rosario Cellars
Rosamunde Sausage Grill
Rosenblum Cellars
S. Martinelli & Company
Scott's Seafood - Jack London Square
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Smitten Ice Cream
South City Cider
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Steven Kent Winery
The Stroopie Gourmet
Suya African-Carribean Grill
Sysco, San Francisco
Tacos El Novillo
Tacos Guadalajara Taco Truck
ToliverWorks Food
Trader Joe's, Rockridge
Treasure Island Wines
Triple Rock Brewing Co.
Trumer Brauerei
Tsingtao Beer
Urban Legend Cellars
The Vine - Wine and Tapas
Triple Voodoo Brewery
Wani's Market
Way Better Snacks
Weibel Family Vineyards and Winery
Wente Vineyards
Wood Tavern
World Ground Café


The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide; with 25¢ from each ticket donated to support conservation partners and programs around the world. The California Trail, a transformational project that more than doubles our size, opens in 2018, and will further our commitment to animal care, education, and conservation with a focus on this state's remarkable native wildlife. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.