The Nashville Zoo hosted its annual Sunset Safari on Thursday night.
The adult-only event kicked off at 6:30 p.m.
Approximately 800 visitors were entertained by fire twirlers, as well as other live entertainment and exotic animals.
“You are up close with a lot of the zoo residents. You get a one time a year chance to see how beautiful this park is truly and how lucky we are to have it,” said event co-chair Mary Wilson.
Guests were also able to eat and drink from more than 50 of the city's top restaurants who volunteered their time and resources to help support the zoo.
All of the funds raised from the event will support the Nashville Zoo and will provide education programs for children to feeding the more than 1,300 animals on site, as well as keeping the zoo safe and clean.
“It is all about supporting Nashville,” said attendee Rob Fessmire. “I want my money to stay in Nashville. I don't want it to go out of Nashville, so if you want to keep the zoo here you got to put it here so it doesn't go somewhere else.”
More than 640,000 people visit the zoo each year.
The Nashville Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 through October 13 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 14 through March 14.
Admission for adults is $15 and $10 for children. Children two and under are admitted for free.
For more information on the Nashville Zoo, visit their Web site.