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 was... drum roll sil vous plait... https://vimeo.com/220703881


When is the event?

This year's event was held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Stay tuned for information on the 2018 "Party with a Purpose"!

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 an investment in San Jose’s vintage park and accredited zoo. 

How can I help?

Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 Hoot & Howl!


Thank you to our 2017 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
HFIS WealthCreator.com
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








Enjoy a Hoot & Howl photo slide show!



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 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Happy Hollow FoundationSpecies Survival Plan