Troubadourable folk buddies Simon and Garfunkel once sang that "it's all happening at the zoo," before retiring from music to live out their days serenely basking in the reptile habitat. Get happening with today's Groupon: for $37, you get one ticket to Zoo-la-Palooza at the Amarillo Zoo on Friday, August 19, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (a $75 value). You must be 21 or older to attend this event.
Hosted by the Amarillo Zoological Society, the fourth-annual Zoo-la-Palooza benefit event transforms the Amarillo Zoo into an after-hours fete, showering the 15-acre kingdom with live music, tantalizing treats, and a silent auction. Gallivant through Thompson Park and enter the zoo’s premises, where flocks of hobnobbing supporters relish enticing edibles and specialty drinks and hone their telepathic prowess on enigmatic lions. Bid in anonymity on a selection of donated items, services, and gift certificates during a silent auction as a thankful horde of mammals, birds, and reptiles ooh and ahh in support. An included steak dinner is catered by Country Barn Steakhouse and, throughout the night, music escapes the clutches of the euphonious Insufficient Funds and wafts through the open sky, motivating gala-goers to give brazen frill lizards a smackdown during interspecies dance-offs.
Established in 1955, today’s Amarillo Zoo has expanded to engage zoological interests with seven types of animal exhibits. This year's Zoo-la-Palooza will support construction of an educational building for wildlife programs, with previous incarnations having aided in the implementation of the Reptile House, as well as lemur, tiger, leopard, and gummy-bear exhibits.