Are you ready? The 7th annual Hoot & Howl is coming on
September 9, 2017! Click here to buy tickets now!

What is the Hoot & Howl?

This is a fundraising benefit unlike any other. A secret back entrance to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo through Danny the Dragon's cave into a magical land featuring a Tiki Lounge, complete with 18 foot tall Tiki Bar, DIY Cirque, Linda Lee's Le Buzz Lounge and stage shows at our Puppet Castle Theater.

And that’s not all — signature cocktails and deluxe foodie stations with a "French Pop!" flair by Catered Too, up close animal encounters featuring David Jackson and his Conservation Ambassadors (you've seen them on Late Night shows, come meet them in person), complimentary photo booth by SJ Photobomb, dancing to our hometown zookeeper by day/EMD star by night DJ John Beaver and of course the legendary sake bar by Yuki Sushi at the top of the Redwood Lookout.  Plenty of other delights and surprises await to once again make this the most buzzed about gala in Silicon Valley.  

Leave the kids at home—this event is for those 21 and up only —and party with the animals after dark.  Gather up your playground posse and support San Jose's iconic destination vintage amusement park & accredited zoo. 

This year's theme is... drum roll sil vous plait...


When is the event?

This year's event: Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Click here to buy your tickets now! Click here to view a activities and areas of the night.

Who benefits?

Attending this event supports all areas of the park and zoo — exhibit renovations, adding new attractions and animals. Proceeds from Hoot & Howl benefit many program areas as well, including education, the art of puppetry and conservation. Step right up with a major gift above the ticket price and make this a fundraiser and a “friendraiser” for San Jose’s vintage park and accredited zoo. 

How can I help?

Get your party posse into gear and be a Safari Captain! 

Ways to be a SAFARI CAPTAIN:

BUSINESS SAFARI CAPTAINS:  Purchase a block of eight tickets (we call it a Safari) for your employees for $1,600. Hoot & Howl is a great way to team build through philanthropy without the hassle and expense of planning, prep and rentals. Purchase your Safari today online or send in the Safari Captain form and we can invoice your billing department. Your company name will be listed on our web site and onsite signage at the Hoot & Howl as a Safari Captain.

For logo placement, please consider becoming a Hoot & Howl sponsor, which comes with a full Safari of tickets and other benefits starting at $3,500 (see details HERE) or call the foundation office at 408-277-3498.

HAPPY HOLLOW FAN SAFARI CAPTAINS: Gather your friends, neighbors, book club, coworkers or family members over 21 years of age for a fun night out! Happy Hollow is about nourishing childish behavior, so bring out your best pals and be a kid again. You will be honored as a Safari Captain on the web and on site signage. Payment can be made individually by attendees and a lump sum is not required. Purchase your ticket online and claim your Safari Captain status. You will be prompted during the online purchase process to select the number of tickets besides your own CAPTAIN ticket that you would like to purchase in the initial transaction.

Thank you to our sponsors!

list of sponsors and levels

2017 Safari Captains

Commodore of Captains:
Charlie McCollum

Despina and Jesse Boettcher
Jared Bond
Michael Borkenhagen
Vikki Bowes Mok
California Bank of Commerce
Rene Castellino
Chris and Gene del Pilar
Dave Delgado
Clay and Vanessa Fiske
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Laura Henderson and Jason Silva
Hydroscience Engineers
Ruth Laird
Andy & Heather Lerner
Modulus Architecture
Cindy and Rob Newberry
Jim Ramoni
Jennifer and Jimmy Rios
Santa Clara Valley Water District

The Schoennauer Company
Stager Construction Company
U.S. Pipe and Foundry

Valley Heating and Cooling
Megan Vosburgh

Kirk Walukiewicz, CPA
Sharon Wass
Water Works Engineers
Geoff Wellington

West Valley Construction
Western States Oil








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 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Happy Hollow FoundationSpecies Survival Plan