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Dinner: Eat like an Ape


Enjoy a unique meal among the great apes! Zookeepers will host a talk to discuss the great apes, toss treats, and show the gorilla playroom before a unique dining experience! Different meal courses will be offered at the chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan habitats.

The event will also include a keeper talk in the Africa Amphitheater. A silent auction will give attendees the opportunity to bid on ape art and a special  behind the scenes tour of the ape house for two, which will include a painting done by a gorilla during the tour. The meal will include delicious appetizers, a first course, main course and dessert including ape-inspired veggies and human food like trout and beef.


Dinner with the Gorillas and Orangutans

  • Assorted bruschetta 
  •    Avocado toast with spiced honey and pinon
  •    Smoked trout with Greek cream cheese, capers
  •    Eggplant caponata with olives

Dinner with the Chimpanzees

Tuscan gem lettuce salad with roasted beets, marinated feta, candied pepitas and sherry vinaigrette

Tuna au poivre, fennel relish, white bean puree, braised beet greens

Slow roasted beef brisket, red chile demi glace, brown sugar baby carrots, fingerling potato frites

Crème brulee cupcakes with raspberry compote