Animal Brunch

Young professionals flock to animal encounters, breakfast tacos and mimosas at "Beastly Brunch"

Young professionals flock to animal encounters at "Beastly Brunch"

Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Courtney Perna with Winston pig
Courtney Perna with Winston the pig. Photo by Chris Brown for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Megan Stevens_ Alli Vise_ Stephanie Coco_ Mitchell Luckett
Megan Stevens, Alli Vise, Stephanie Coco, Mitchell Luckett. Photo by Chris Brown for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016,Jen Werth_ Cotton McNutt_ Lorrie Brabender_ Andi Kveton_ Cheryl Connery
Jen Werth, Cotton McNutt, Lorrie Brabender, Andi Kveton, Cheryl Connery. Photo by Chris Brown for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Marianne Terrell, Kenny Terrell
Marianne Terrell, Kenny Terrell. Photo by Chris Brown for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Errikos Anagnostopoulos_ Jordan Taylor_ Renee Anagnostopoulos_ Niko Anagnostopoulos
Errikos Anagnostopoulos, Jordan Taylor, Renee Anagnostopoulos, Niko Anagnostopoulos. Photo by Chris Brown for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Chris Bednarski with tree frog
David Suttinger with dingo. Photo by Chris Brown for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Brynn Bossart, Parker Craddock
Brynn Bossart, Parker Craddock. Photo by Chris Brown for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Chris Bednarski with tree frog
Chris Bednarski with tree frog. Photo by Chris Brown for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Alberto Garcia, Jessica Valdez
Alberto Garcia, Jessica Valdez. Photo by Chris Brown for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Chris Roberts_ Haley Rachunek_ Sam Cole_ Erin Elston
Chris Roberts, Haley Rachunek, Sam Cole, Erin Elston. Photo by Chris Brown for the Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Courtney Perna with Winston pig
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Megan Stevens_ Alli Vise_ Stephanie Coco_ Mitchell Luckett
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016,Jen Werth_ Cotton McNutt_ Lorrie Brabender_ Andi Kveton_ Cheryl Connery
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Marianne Terrell, Kenny Terrell
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Errikos Anagnostopoulos_ Jordan Taylor_ Renee Anagnostopoulos_ Niko Anagnostopoulos
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Chris Bednarski with tree frog
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Brynn Bossart, Parker Craddock
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Chris Bednarski with tree frog
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Alberto Garcia, Jessica Valdez
Houston Zoo Flock brunch, March 2016, Chris Roberts_ Haley Rachunek_ Sam Cole_ Erin Elston

What: Houston Zoo's young professionals group, Flock, "Beastly Brunch."

Where: The zoo's Masihara Pavilion.

The scoop: Animal ambassadors including Winston the pig, a pair of dingoes and a pygmy falcon welcomed close to 400 YP zoo enthusiasts for an energized schmooze. DJ Nick Alvear kept the beats going while the YPs feasted on breakfast tacos and ice cream. Bloody Marys, mimosas and iced coffees quenched the youthful thirsts.

While helping build an enrichment hammock for the orangutans, fans raised $19,000 for the zoo's various programs.

Who: Fitz McDonald, Mitchell Greco, Carey Kirkpatrick, David Rassin, Jim Petersen, Gray Thornton, Kendall Hanno, Tamar Mendelssohn, Ted Bowen, and Sam Cole.