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Winos for Rhinos

Winos for Rhinos

Friday, September 29th, 2023


Our Winos for Rhinos fundraiser is back for 2023! Join us for a wine tasting in support of rhino conservation on Friday, September 29th in the Daniels Room at Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern.

Proceeds from Winos for Rhinos will help support rhino conservation efforts including WorthWild Africa.

Guests will enjoy a wine tasting as well as appetizers, a raffle, a meet and greet with a couple of our animal ambassadors, a short video presentation and admission to the Great Jack O’Lantern Journey at Southwick’s Zoo after the event. New this year is a V.I.P. experience, with saved seating and a Rhino Encounter at 4:00pm.

2023 Winos for Rhinos Schedule

3:00pm-5:00pm: Check-in at GATE 1

Please have your tickets printed or open on your phone. Event guests can check in starting at 3:00pm to explore the zoo before heading to the Daniels Room at 5:00pm for the start of the event or for the V.I.P. Experience that begins at 4:00pm to meet Thelma and Louise, Southwick’s Zoo’s residence rhinos. After the event, guests are invited by Southwick’s Zoo to enjoy the Great Jack O’Lantern Journey taking place at the Zoo. Winos for Rhinos guests must arrive to check-in by 5:00 to be guaranteed entry into the event. Guests CANNOT check in at the zoo’s main entrance.

5:00pm-7:00pm: Wine Tasting in front of the Daniels Room

Please head to the lower outdoor patio behind Galliford’s at 5:00pm. Guests will have a meet and greet with several of our animal ambassadors and enjoy a wine tasting and appetizers.

7:00pm-8:00pm: Raffles and Silent Auction with Short Video Presentation followed by The Great Jack O’Lantern Journey at Southwick’s Zoo

Have fun while learning about the current rhino poaching crisis and what can be done to help.

2023 Special Guest Speaker

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kelly George to this year’s Winos for Rhinos!

Dr. Kelly George, Executive Director of ZAA (Zoological Association of America) and managing partner of the KUZO group, whose mission is to advance the connections and care for animals through innovative teachings, guidance, and support of staff, resulting in professional growth of your team and company culture, will discuss Worth Wild Africa, a registered not for profit charity in South Africa. 100% of WWA donations go directly to field work and projects with the local community. Rhino losses from poaching have exponentially decreased due to the dehorning project that WWA has helped to support. In one reserve rhino losses came down from 38 killed in one year to none in 2022.

Ticket Information

$65 Nonmember

$60 EARTH Member

$150 VIP Experience

Ticket includes:
Southwick’s Zoo admission from 3:00pm-5:00pm, 5:00pm- 8:00pm wine tasting, appetizers, and a video presentation along with raffles and a silent auction. Also included, tickets to the Jack O’Lantern Journey at 8:00pm on September 29th, 2023, 4:00pm for the Rhino Encounter meet and greet. A cash bar will also be available in the Daniels Room during the event for attendees that are 21+ who wish to purchase additional beverages.

*Must be 21+ to participate in the wine tasting. Attendees may bring their children, however an event ticket is required for any children ages 3 years or older.

EARTH Member Pricing:
To receive your member discount, click “enter promotional code” when you purchase tickets. Your code is the first 5 letters of your last name + the first 2 letters of your first name. Example: John Smith=SMITHJO. If your last name is fewer than 5 letters, just use your full last name + the first 2 letters of your first name.

Winos for Rhinos FAQ

Will tickets be available at the door?

Tickets will not be available to purchase at the door.

Where should I park? Where do I go for the event's check in?

Please park in the larger lot across the street unless you require handicap parking which is available in front of the restaurant’s entrance.

Check-in will be available from 3:00pm to 5:30pm, and will be located at GATE 1, located to the left of Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern’s entrance. Winos for Rhinos guests CANNOT check in at the zoo’s main entrance. Please either have your ticket printed or have the ticket pdf open on your phone.

Does the ticket include zoo admission?

This year’s Winos for Rhinos ticket includes zoo admission from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Please be aware that non-member Winos for Rhinos guests cannot use their event ticket to enter the zoo prior to 3:00pm. EARTH Members can use their membership to visit the zoo earlier in the day, however please check in with your Winos for Rhinos ticket at GATE 1 between 3:00pm and 5:30pm.

At 5:00pm, all Winos for Rhinos attendees in the zoo must return to the Daniels Room patio. Winos for Rhinos tickets do not include admission to the zoo’s Festival of Illumination.

Can I bring my children?

Attendees may bring their children, and tickets must be purchased for children ages 3 years and older. For the safety and enjoyment of all attendees, we ask that parents accompany and supervise their children at all times during the fundraiser.

Only guests that are 21 years or older are permitted to participate in the wine tasting.

Will food be available?

We will have appetizers available for event guests. Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern will be open if you wish to order take-out to enjoy during or after the fundraiser! Visit to view current menus.

Interested in becoming a Winos for Rhinos sponsor? For information, email Betsey Brewer Bethel at

Located at Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick’s Street

Mendon, MA 01756



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