Safari Under The Stars Names For Zoo Babies Revealed

By  //  June 3, 2013

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ABOVE VIDEO: Specially planned for this year’s “Safari Under the Stars” was the naming opportunities for the Brevard Zoo’s newest members—a jaguar cub and two Masai giraffe.

IMAGES BY JOSEPH GRUTTA, NAUTIC STUDIOS

BREVARD COUNTY * FLORIDA — Brevard Zoo’s most anticipated annual gala, Safari Under the Stars, was a wildly successful event for the Zoo raising an estimated $275,000 from sponsorships, a live auction, a grand raffle and other activities the night of the event.

"Safari Under the Stars," the Brevard Zoo’s most anticipated annual fundraising gala, was a grand event that attracted more than 300 people. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

“Safari Under the Stars,” the Brevard Zoo’s most anticipated annual fundraising gala, was a grand event that attracted more than 300 people. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

Guests attending the Zoo’s largest fundraiser were treated to delectable delicacies, libations, entertainment, a live auction and more. As a not-for-profit Zoo built by more than 16,000 volunteers almost 20 years ago, it is through the dedicated support of the community that it continues to be a vibrant, first-class venue that provides enjoyment, enrichment, education, recreation and economic support for our entire county. Unlike the vast majority of Zoos, Brevard Zoo does not receive any public funds for operations so events like Safari Under the Stars are critical to ensuring its future.

THE EVENING’S FESTIVITIES

As part of the evening’s festivities, several generous donors won the naming rights for some of the newest Zoo babies. The male jaguar cub was named Saban by Judy Piersall and Dave Soper.

Channel 6 News Anchor Lauren Rowe was the Master of Ceremonies.

Channel 6 News Anchor Lauren Rowe was the Master of Ceremonies.

The male giraffe calf was named Gage by the Sperando Family.

The female giraffe calf was named Sherry Noelani by Sherry and Paul Suchoski.

The female Baird’s Tapir was named Tootsie by Four C’s Nursery.

COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

The Zoo would like to recognize and thank its many sponsors and community supporters who made the night possible, including Title Sponsor ndtHost, Presenting Sponsors Holiday Builders and Green Turtle Market; VIP Pegasus Sponsors Central Florida Hand Center, Disney Cruise Line, DNC Parks and Resorts at Kennedy Space Center, Four C’s Nursery, Harris Corporation, IAP Worldwide Services, Sperando Family, Shelter Mortgage, Toyota of Melbourne and Walter and Dottie Gatti.

Safari Under the Stars in 2014 will be Saturday, April 26 and will celebrate Brevard Zoo’s 20th Birthday.


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