Tickets go on sale Friday for “A Wild Affair,” Lee Richardson Zoo’s largest fundraiser.

This year’s event, set for Sept. 9, is themed “Evening in Rio” with live music by Mike Bennish and Buckner Creek Band and special appearances by zoo animal ambassadors. It will include adult beverages, food samples from some of the region’s best restaurants and caterers, and unique items up for bid in the live and silent auctions, all to benefit improvements at the zoo.

Tickets are all inclusive and cost $40 per person or $50 each after Labor Day. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and guests must be 21 or older to enter. Tickets are available at the zoo, Blue Fox Boutique, Patrick Dugan’s Coffee House, Ward’s Garden Center and at

The zoo will be closed during regular zoo hours Sept. 9 to prepare for the festivities. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at the Finnup Center for Conservation Education, 312 Finnup Drive, with food being served until 8 p.m.

For more information, call (620) 276-6243 or email