Niabi Zoo Hosts Wine Tasting and Art Expo to Raise Money for Elephants Print
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Monday, 03 October 2011 08:05

Coal Valley, IL – September 23, 2011 – Niabi Zoo has announced an all-new and fun event to benefit the construction of a larger and more modern elephant exhibit. The new event, titled Wines for Wildlife & Art Expo: Presented by the Grape Life, is an after-hours wine tasting that offers attendees the chance to sample a variety of wines for a good cause. Attendees will enjoy music and appetizers in a fun and casual atmosphere. Wines for Wildlife & Art Expo: Presented by The Grape Life takes place on zoo grounds on Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 6:00 pm to 10:00pm.

“Niabi Zoo is extremely proud to be the only zoo in the state of Illinois to feature elephants as part of its collection,” says Assistant Zoo Director Marc Heinzman. “Our two Asian elephants, Babe and Sophie, are the biggest stars of the Zoo, both figuratively and literally. They deserve a larger and more modern habitat, and we hope to add a third elephant sometime after construction is completed.”

The estimated exhibit cost is close to $4 million, and Niabi Zoo is hoping to offset some of that cost with a variety of fundraising activities, such as Wines for Wildlife & Art Expo: Presented by The Grape Life. In addition to the wine tasting, the event will also feature an art gallery consisting of masterpieces from local artists and even zoo animals such as elephants, lions, snakes, and birds. “We have a lot of artists here at Niabi Zoo,” says Heinzman, “and they love to paint.”

Tickets for the event are $40 for zoo members and $45 for non-members in advance, or $50 for all at the gate. The Zoo is also selling Double Mangnum 4- packs of tickets at $150 for members and $170 for non-members. Call 309-799-3482 ext. 242 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to purchase tickets.