On the 23rd of March 2018, we held our very first charity ball. The brain child of Fia, our conservation officer in 2017/18. Our ball was in aid of Save the Rhino. Thanks to you, we raised over €395, which I think is amazing for our first ever ball.

This was not your average charity ball. Members who came got a free bottle of wine (yes you read right, a whole bottle of wine). We are ZooSoc after all, and so, there was pizza galore! With DUDJ proving the music, and the magical feel of the GMB, the night was off to a good one.

The 2017/2018 committee in all its glory 

Once we felt funky enough, we stumbled down to Wigwam (some with bottle still in hand). The back half of the room was booked out and made it feel like we had our very own DJ, which was probably why some of our members felt the calling to boogie right behind him (and try play some sets).

Dan, 2017/18 President, enjoying the night with a few like minded members!

I saw nothing but smiles, both in the GMB and Wigwam – I think the only time someone wasn’t smiling was when they were stuffing their faces with pizza!

This was a chill event for a very good cause with some great people.

Jess & Dan teaching the kids some moves

Save the Rhino is a UK-based conservation charity and Europe’s largest single-species rhino charity. Earlier on in the year, we had a talk from none other than Save the Rhino’s Communications Manager, Kate Ford. Save the Rhino support various rhino conservation programmes with the vision for all five rhino species to thrive in the wild. They are currently working in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa and Indonesia. They also work with communities to help conservation and work to combat the illegal horn trade.

On a side note: we also had a fantastic talk from Sam Taylor, one of the leaders of an incredible charity called Running for Rangers. Running for Rangers’ are a dedicated group of individuals who run marathons and ultra-marathons worldwide to raise money for the welfare of the rangers who risk their lives daily to protect elephants and rhino in Africa. They recently completed a 220 km race, partnered with Beyond the Ultimate for Save the Rhino. It’s no easy task, as they are accompanied by armed rangers along their route for protection.

We hope those of you who didn’t know or couldn’t make ExtravaganZoo come this year, and will have an even better time than we did last year! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the date and details, as well as Instagram and Twitter for competitions and updates.

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