Brookfield Communities, a successful master-plan developer of two Arizona active adult communities and large land-holder, has teamed up with its architect partners to custom design and build two unique playhouses to help raise money for the Phoenix Zoo’s conservation initiatives and educational programs.

Phil Petersen, founder and president of Brookfield Communities and also a Phoenix Zoo board member stated, “We are proud to be working with the Phoenix Zoo and hope these playhouses help raise significant dollars. Special thanks to Christoph Kaiser of Christoph Kaiser, LLC and Larry Allen of 33 North Architects for designing these one-of-a-kind playhouses.”

‘Wild Child Playhouse’ the first of two houses, is an animal themed, 56-square-foot, two room, professionally hand-crafted, high-quality, playhouse – being raffled by the Zoo. Its custom design features a covered wrap around porch, a built in play table and desk. Raffle entries are $20 each or six for $100. They can be purchased at, by visiting the Zoo’s Guest Services Lobby (admission to the Zoo is not required for viewing or purchasing an entry to win) or on Saturday, Oct. 12 during the Zoo’s Rendez-Zoo event.

The playhouse is now on display at the Phoenix Zoo and is available for viewing during regular Zoo hours. One winner will be randomly selected on Oct. 12 via a computer drawing, the evening of the Phoenix Zoo’s annual benefit, Rendez-Zoo. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Additionally, a second playhouse is currently being designed by Brookfield Communities and its partners. This one, which will be shaped like a bird house, will be included in Rendez-Zoo’s silent auction portion of the evening on Oct. 12.

“We are pleased that Brookfield Communities and its architect partners are providing these
professionally-designed handcrafted playhouses to help raise money for the Phoenix Zoo,” said Bert Castro, president and chief executive officer of Arizona Zoological Society/Phoenix Zoo. “Judging from the impressive renderings, these playhouses are sure to be a hit.”

The fourth annual Rendez-Zoo will be held at the Phoenix Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 12. The festivities will begin with a welcome in the Zoo’s Plaza by some of the Phoenix Zoo’s animals and their keepers. Guests will then embark on their culinary adventure in the new C.W. & Modene Neely Education and Event Center, where some of the Valley’s best known restaurants, wineries and breweries will offer tasty delights. This will also be the time to experience a preview of ZooLights and bid on unique items and travel experiences in the silent auction. An elegant dinner will be served lakeside by Chef Skip Hause of Fabulous Food, followed by an exciting live auction, dancing to the sounds of Ron Alosi and late-night coffee under the stars.

To purchase raffle entries and/or make reservations for Rendez-Zoo, visit