Zoo To Do: Penguins, Flamingoes, and Dallas’ Best Restaurants, Oh My!

With apologies to parents who can’t get enough of watching their offspring make faces at monkeys and snakes, I can’t imagine any better way to see the Dallas Zoo than the annual Zoo To Do fundraiser.

The after-hours affair, presented by The Eugene McDermott Foundation on Nov. 6, allowed patrons to stroll the award-winning Giants of the Savanna exhibit at a slothful pace (and pet a sloth, one of many animal ambassadors welcoming the 450 guests that evening.)

Even the surprisingly soft porcupine ambassador found nothing to get prickly about during the toddler-tantrum-free evening.

Adults could feed lettuce to the eager giraffes or graze the 24 restaurant stations while admiring lions, elephants, and zebras.

Animal meetups continued in the Wilds of Africa Plaza, where partygoers, when not chatting up an eagle owl, could enjoy more food, bid in the live auction, and gallop to music from Manhattan.

Credit event chairs Robyn and Chris Chauvin for hosting the wildly Instagrammable party and the likes of chef wrangler Brett Krafft and honorary chef chair Dan Landsberg for making it a delicious one as well.

And congratulations on a roaring $1 million-plus raised for education, animal care, and wildlife conservation.

William Taylor

William Taylor, editor of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, shares a name and a birthday with his dad and a love for community journalism with his colleagues at People Newspapers. He joined the staff in 2016 after more than 25 years working for daily newspapers in such places as Alexandria, Louisiana; Baton Rouge; McKinney; San Angelo; and Sherman, though not in anywhere near that order. A city manager once told him that “city government is the best government” because of its potential to improve the lives of its residents. William still enjoys covering municipal government and many other topics. Follow him on Twitter @Seminarydropout. He apologizes in advance to the Joneses for any angry Tweets that might slip out about the Dallas Cowboys during the NFL season. You also can reach him at [email protected]. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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