Special Events

Safari Under the Stars

Thank you to everyone who made Safari Under the Stars 2017 the biggest fundraiser in Brevard Zoo’s history! In one incredible evening, hundreds of community members opened up their hearts and wallets to contribute nearly $630,000!

We’re already hard at work planning next year’s gala, which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018. If you would like to be a part of this remarkable event, please contact Chris Stagman at cstagman@brevardzoo.org or 321-254-9453 x485.



At just 18 years of age, Australian media personality, actress, author and newly crowned “Dancing With the Stars” champion Bindi Irwin has accomplished what few are able to in an entire lifetime. Daughter of Terri and “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, this exceptional young conservationist’s storied life has been a projection of the passions and lessons instilled in her since birth. She uses her celebrity status to advocate for wildlife everywhere and we could not have been more thrilled to welcome her to the Zoo!


Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold have shared their life experiences with the world and set an incredible example for all through TLC’s popular reality series “The Little Couple,” a series of nonfiction books and countless high-profile media appearances. Their credentials are equally impressive outside of the media sphere—Klein is a highly successful businessman and entrepreneur, while Arnold is a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. They navigate the world from the perspective of being under four feet in height and are raising two young children who are also little people.

Klein and Arnold were on hand to help us unveil our new Exceptional Nature Space, which was designed specifically for children with varying exceptionalities. The space was constructed using funds raised during the “Give From the Heart” portion of 2016’s gala.




  • Bindi Dinner Host Corporate Partner


  • Exclusive Technology Solutions Corporate Partner

  • Imagination and Inspiration Celebrity Sponsor

  • Premier Presenting Red Carpet Corporate Partner

  • Premier Presenting Red Carpet Corporate Partner

  • Healthy Zoo Healthy You Community Engagement Sponsor

  • Safari Eve Corporate Partner

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  • Friends of the Zoo Sponsor

  • Exclusive Late Night Delights & Cigar Lounge Sponsor

  • Sustainability Sponsor

  • Exclusive Late Night Delights & Cigar Lounge Sponsor

  • Celebrating Active Seniors Corporate Partner

  • Sustainability Sponsors

  • Senior Health and Wellness Corporate Partner

  • Safari After Dark Presenting Corporate Partner

  • Exclusive Nyami Nyami River Lodge Reception Sponsor

  • Exclusive Nyami Nyami River Lodge Reception Sponsor

  • Exclusive Central Plaza Reception Corporate Partner

  • Street of Dreams Silent Auction Sponsor

  • Gala Dinner Sponsor

  • Premier Luxury Car Corporate Partner

  • Safari Spirit Sponsor

  • Give From the Heart Showcase Corporate Partner

  • Safari Chill Corporate Partner

  • Entertainment Sponsor



  • Sysco


  • Accesso

  • Dr. Michael Diaz – Diaz Plastic Surgery

  • Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.

  • Lew & Heather Schwartz

  • The Viera Company

  • Barbara C. Wall – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Florida Realty

  • Wiederman Malek, PL


  • Berman Hopkins

  • Brad & Biba Bernkrant

  • Dr. Larry & Cindy Bishop

  • Adrienne Chandler

  • Melissa Flammio-Clark & James Clark

  • Mike & Mary Louise Coleman

  • Nelson Cover III

  • Phil & Jeanne Farmer

  • Federal Airways & Airspace – Clyde & Linda Pittman

  • Michael & Carol Ann Gaich

  • Nani Golden

  • Nick & Diane Heldreth

  • Don & Julie Herndon

  • Neal & Terri Johnson

  • Malcolm & Jane Kirschenbaum

  • Christine Lance

  • LKQ Heavy Truck Parts

  • Randy & Linda May

  • Pat McMahon & Bob Mansbart

  • Polly & Tom Molnar

  • Jim Beadle – SBM Lawyers

  • Brown & Brown Insurance

  • Construction Engineering Group, LLC

  • Eric & Shelly Cooper

  • Dale Sorensen Real Estate

  • Art & Lorie Evans

  • Dr. Edgar & Jerri Figueroa

  • J. Hatfield & Associates

  • Keystone Benefit Group

  • Robert J. Leader

  • Mr. Greenjeans Produce

  • MyoCardioCare, Inc – Frank & Julia Terrizzi

  • Outback Oasis – Paul Schultz

  • Dr. Tom Robbins & Dr. Gayle Woodson

  • Peter & Laura Rochester

  • Dan & Caterina Schwinn

  • Shepherd’s Landscaping

  • Dr. Jeffrey & Mrs. Melissa Williamson


  • Big Time Fun/Kid-A-Palooza

  • Brevard Business News

  • BrightView Landscape Services

  • Larry Finkelstein

  • Redfin





8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

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