SPRINGFIELD — The Zoo in Forest Park is hosting its first-ever Wine Safari on Thursday, March 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The concept of Wine Safari is unique to the area. Up to eight tasting stations will be set up throughout the ninth-floor art gallery at 1350 Main St. in Springfield, where guests will enjoy red and white wines from around the world, including Australia, California, Italy, France, South Africa, Germany, and Argentina.
Each tasting station — and each region represented — will feature animals from the Zoo in Forest Park that are indigenous to that area. Guests will sample wine, interact with the animals, and learn about the animals’ natural habitats. Zookeepers will be on hand to provide information about the animals and lead any interactive activities.
The event will also include the auctioning of an original piece of artwork, depicting the zoo’s resident leopard, Oz. The painting was created and donated by prominent Springfield artist John Simpson.
Admission to Wine Safari is $35, which includes the wine tasting, animal interactions, and a variety of hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available. This event is for ages 21 and up. All proceeds benefit the Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center. Tickets are available on the Zoo’s Facebook page or through its website, www.forestparkzoo.org.