Travelers Sunset Affair: Sundown on the Savanna

Como Friends’ annual summer benefit for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 

5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Let Travelers Sunset Affair: Sundown on the Savanna transport you to the heart of Africa with live music, food and drink, zookeeper talks and an extraordinary silent auction surrounded by kudu, zebras, gorillas, and our gentle herd of giraffes. This summertime celebration of Como’s iconic African animals is brought to you by Como Friends, dedicated to making Como Park Zoo and Conservatory the best it can be today—and even better tomorrow.

Travelers Sunset Affair 2016 is sold out. Please call 651-207-0343 if you’d like to add your name to the waitlist. Click here to preview this year’s Silent Auction items!

Como Friends’ Fund-A-Need

Making a contribution toward Como Friends’ Fund-A-Need is a wonderful way to see your support go right to work at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.  Contributions of any size help Como thrive!


Supplies a flat of strawberries, the favorite treat of Arlene, Como’s baby gorilla


Tests five of Como’s prized orchids for two orchid viruses


Educates two hundred of Como’s visitors about our journey of giraffes, through zookeeper talks


Brings one second grade class to Como for a field trip


Funds 12 hours of programming at Como for autistic youth and teens


Provides two weeks of rounds by our vets at the University of Minnesota


Cultivates a month of stunning flower shows in the Sunken Garden


Continues the legacy of Sparky by creating a new year-round habitat for the seals and sea lions

Super Silent AUCTION HIGHLIGHT: Luxurious Seven-Day Safari for Two

value: $10,300

Sundown on the Savanna is the theme of this year’s Travelers Sunset Affair, highlighting Como’s iconic African animals, including giraffe, kudu and zebra.  Connect with these animals in their natural habitat during this unforgettable seven-day safari for two to Zimbabwe, offered by Pique Travel.  For three nights, you will stay at Victoria Falls Lodge in 5-star, luxurious, air-conditioned safari “tents” nestled on the peaceful banks of the Zambezi River. Your stay will include a sunset river cruise and a helicopter flight to view the majestic Victoria Falls. Your adventure will then take you to The Hide in Hwange National Park, where you can have a glass of wine on a veranda overlooking a waterhole frequented by elephants or enjoy your breakfast al fresco under the acacia trees.  Included are 140,000 FlexPerks points for airfare ($2,800 value).  Trip is compliments of Pique Travel, US Bank FlexPerks and the Como Friends Board of Trustees.

Event Calendar
Sunset Affair

July 21, 2016

Horace Cleveland Society Private Reception

August 18, 2016

Special Access: Giraffe Feeding Station

September 17, 2016


October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th, 2016


February 23, 2017

Thank You to our 2016 Sponsors

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Sunset Affair Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sunset Affair?

Sunset Affair is the annual summer fundraising gala hosted by Como Friends to benefit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. In 2015, the event raised more than $200,000 to benefit the plants, animals and people that depend on Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

What does it cost?

Tickets to this popular event cost $200 for individual tickets, and $2,500 for a table of ten. The event also includes a limited number of Choice table options in a premier exhibit location on the grounds of the Como Zoo for $4,000 for a table of ten. The VIP option includes a private experience with Como’s own zookeepers, showcasing the unique plants and animals at Como.

When are tickets available?

Travelers Sunset Affair 2016 is sold out. Please call 651-207-0343 if you’d like to add your name to the waitlist.

What should I wear to Sunset Affair?

Dress cool and casual. Though dinner is served in our air-conditioned Visitor Center, many of the night’s activities will be outdoors where the potential for tropical temperatures calls for light fabrics, comfortable shoes, flowing dresses, and can’t-go-wrong khakis and capris. (In the event of severe weather, the party will move indoors.)

What about the Silent Auction?

Last year, Sunset Affair’s Silent Auction included more than 300 unique items, from trips to London and the Pacific Northwest, tickets to see Madonna and Ed Sheeran, and “Only at Como” opportunities including the chance to be a horticulturist for a day. For your convenience, Como Friends works with BidPal mobile bidding, allowing guests to bid for their favorite items directly from a smart phone.

Where does the money go?

Sunset Affair is the largest fundraiser of the year for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, attracting a sell-out crowd of more than 500 guests. Sunset Affair is produced by Como Friends, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire community generosity to advance Como Park Zoo and Conservatory as a destination where people from every walk of life can gather, learn and enjoy the natural world.

How can I get more information?

Call Como Friends at 651-487-8229 or email [email protected]

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