Zoobilation 2015 presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Save the date: Tickets go on sale Feb. 2, 2015

G'day mates! Zoobilation 2015 is going to be a rip snorter of a bash brought to you by our cobbers at Indianapolis Power & Light Company! To celebrate the return of our koalas, we're going off in dinkum down under fashion, just like the Aussies themselves. Put on your best bib and tucker for this black-tie event. Blokes and sheilas are also invited to dress in their dinky di range wear. Join us for a grouse evo and enjoy some bonzer grog and tucker as you rage into the night like you're in Oz.

Join us for Indiana's premier philanthropic gala. Zoobilation is the largest black-tie fundraiser in Indiana and is held annually on the second Friday in June. Guests will enjoy unmatched entertainment brought to you by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP and indulgences from across the city all in one place, for one night, all for you! Your ticket can be purchased beginning Feb. 2, 2015. Proceeds will support the Zoo's ongoing conservation efforts around the globe and close to home.

While exploring the wild diversity of the Indianapolis Zoo landscape, be sure to:

• Discover drinks and delicacies from 70 of Indiana's finest restaurants.

• Sample the diversity of the musical groups throughout the Zoo's grounds, which includes nine different acts on four separate stages.

• Take a flight through the night on Indianapolis' only roller coaster, or enjoy the beautiful city-scape aboard the Skyline at the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center.

Plus, the Premium experience presented by Ice Miller LLP offers the first opportunity to welcome back our koalas and get the party started early. From 5:30-7pm, Premium Experience guests will receive exclusive benefits, including priority parking, an arrival gift, full access to the air-conditioned Oasis Lounge in the Dolphin Gallery, early access to restaurant booths and more! For last minute tips before you arrive, check out the Zoobilation Newsletter!

The money raised by Zoobilation helps the Indianapolis Zoo care for and feed the 1,600 animals and 23,000 plants in our collection, as well as to support our internationally significant conservation and research efforts. Contributions also propel many diverse and far-reaching education efforts.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more info, please contact Liz Mok at lmok@indyzoo.com.

Strine (Slang)

cobber - friend

sheilas - women

rip snorter - great, fantastic

dinky di - the real thing, genuine

going off - used of a night spot or party that is a lot of fun

evo - evening

dinkum - true, real

bonzer - great

down under - Australia

grog - liquor, beer

Aussie - Australians

tucker - food

best bib and tucker - your best clothes

rage on - continue partying

blokes - men

Oz - Australia

Zoobilation Restaurants

Thanks to all of the restaurants who participated in Zoobilation 2014 and helped make this another hugely successful year! Without further ado, here are your winners!

Blue Ribbon Awards

Best Decor:St. Elmo Steak House and Harry & Izzy's

Best Appetizer: St. Elmo Steak House

Best Entree: Market Table

Best Dessert: Stone Creek Dining Company

Best Drink: Plat 99

People's Choice Award presented by Tetherball: Another Broken Egg Cafe


Maggiano's Little Italy

Abbott's Also Candy Shop

Market Table

Adobo Grill

Matt the Miller's Tavern

Alan's Catered Events

The Melting Pot

Another Broken Egg Café​

The Meridian Restaurant

Arni's Restaurant

Mesh On Mass (CRG)

Barcelona Tapas Restaurant

Morton's Steakhouse

BJ's Brewhouse

Nicey Frozen Treats

Blondie's Cookies

Noodles & Company

Boulder Creek (CRG)

Ocean Prime

Bravo! Cucina Italiana

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

BRU Burger Bar (CRG)


Cakes by Cathy

Plat 99


Prime 47 (previously Mo's)​

Charbonos (CRG)

Qdoba Mexican Grill 

The Chef's Academy

Rathskeller Restaurant

Circle City Sweets & Circle City Soups

Rick's Café Boatyard

City Barbeque

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Create-A-Cake LLC

Ronnoco Coffee
Dick's Last ResortRuth's Chris Steak House
The Eagle's Nest

Sangiovese Ristorante

Eddie Merlots

Severin Bar – Omni Severin Hotel

Endangered Species Chocolate

Shula's Steak House

Grindstone Charley'sSimple Taste Specialty Bakery:

Hal's Fabulous Vegas Bar & Grill:

St. Elmo Steak House:

Harry & Izzy's

Starbucks Coffee Company

Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown

Stone Creek Dining Company (CRG)

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites​

Sun King Brewing Company

Hollyhock Hill

Talkin' Turkey Cajun Food Truck
Hoosier Momma Culinary CocktailsSushi on the Rocks
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Union 50 (CRG)

Indiana Grand Racing & CasinoVanilla Bean Bakery
JW Marriott – Osterio Pronto & High VelocityWeber Grill Restaurants​
​The Labor District Cafe

Latitude 39


Entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Red-Hot Whiskey SippersArrival5:30pm
Flatbed Twitch
Entry Plaza​ (presented by Mainstreet)
Cousin RogerEntry Plaza ​(presented by Mainstreet)8:45pm-midnight
DJ Lockstar Hutan Trail Lounge (presented by The Patron Spirits Company)5:30pm-midnight
Matt RoushCafé on the Commons5:30-8:45pm
The Big TimeCafé on the Commons9:00pm-midnight
After Dark BandWest End 5:30-8:30pm
If I Had A NickelWest End8:45pm-midnight
Soul StreetMain Stage (presented by Oracle)5:30-8:30pm
Toy FactoryMain Stage ​(presented by Oracle)8:45pm​-midnight


Zoobilation History

Zoobilation 2015 is an event 29 years in the making. The very first Zoobilation was held in 1986 at the home of Herb Simon, where just a few hundred lucky guests gathered to support the Indianapolis Zoo and celebrate its good work. In the past quarter-century, the event has ballooned in attendance and prominence. In 2014, more than 5,000 guests raised a record $2.1 million to help advance animal and environmental conservation efforts globally and locally.​ [close]

Zoobilation Extras​​​​

Official Hotel of Zoobilation

Thanks again to the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown for being the official hotel of Zoobilation. Guests enjoyed a worry-free evening including transportation to and from the event, breakfast the next morning and other perks. Plus the Marriott Downtown will host the exclusive Zoobilation After Party.

Zoobilation News

Stay up-to-date with all the info on the summer's wildest event with the latest issue of the Zoobilation Newsletter!You cab get all this and more event information delivered straight to your email inbox each month. Contact zoobilation@indyzoo.com and asked to be added to our mailing list! [close]

Zoobilation Sponsors​​


Title Sponsor

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Party Pavilion Sponsor

(Hutan Trail Lounge)

VIP Party Sponsor

The Scott A. Jones Foundation


Specialty Bar Sponsor


Entertainment Sponsor

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Zoobilation Restaurants Coupon Book Sponsor

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

Orange Carpet Sponsor

ExactTarget Marketing Cloud

Restaurant Judging Sponsor

Indianapolis Monthly

Official Vehicle Sponsor

Tom Wood Lexus

Zoobilation Restaurants Day At The Zoo Sponsor

Citizens Energy Group

Official Weather Station


Photo Booth Sponsor

Fifth Third Bank of Central Indiana

Reis Nichols Jewelers

Souvenir Gift Sponsor

Comcast Spotlight

NatGeo Wild

Zoobilation Spa Sponsor

Massage Envy

Official Hotel Sponsor

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Stage Sponsors

Oracle– Main Stage

Mainstreet​ – Entry Plaza Stage

Beverage Sponsor

Coca-Cola Bottling Co.



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