Experience the Zoo’s commitment to conservation and sustainability in an engaging new way.
Farm-to-table dinners, local wineries, and an exciting take on conservation and sustainability
We’ve partnered with four local, environmentally friendly wineries whose wines serve as the inspiration for custom four-course, farm-to-table dinner menus created by our own executive chef, Brad Robertson.
Each unforgettable evening is set in a different location within the zoo – the terraces of Mahale Mountains, for example, or the Amazonian stilt house within Rainforest of the Americas, or the Cambodia viewing area of Elephants of Asia.
Along with the spectacular views, enjoy looking at sustainability from different angles – from agriculture to food and wine production to wildlife conservation. Each evening focuses on a different topic and features conversations with a curator or keeper, up-close animal encounters, and wine introductions from winery representatives.
Kathy Joseph established Fiddlehead Cellars in 1989 to capture the essence of two distinguished varietals-Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Before falling in love with viticulture, Kathy was on course to pursue a career in medicine with degrees in microbiology and biochemistry, disciplines that also play a significant role in winemaking. Join Animal Keeper Kevin Gorowski for a visit with the Zoo’s koalas and a glimpse at how microbiology and biochemistry make it possible for this marsupial species to survive on a diet that would be toxic to other animals.
Raptors and Reptiles
Ramona Ranch Vineyard has been certified a sustainable vineyard and winery by the California Wine Institute. The winery has focused on sustainability since it was established in 2004, and was recently recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. The vineyard features wind turbine and solar generators, owl boxes, and an insectary that attracts beneficial bugs and birds to improve the biodiversity of the farm. A wide range of wildlife resides at the winery, including several native raptors and beneficial snakes. Learn about some of the Zoo’s local raptors and reptiles with Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians Ian Recchio.