Zoobilation 2015 presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SOLD-OUT EVENT!

June 12 • 5:30pm-midnight 

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.

Now in its 29th year, the Zoo will host the city’s premier philanthropic event from 7pm to midnight June 12, with the Premium Experience presented by Ice Miller LLP starting at 5:30pm. Guests can then rage on at the official after-party from 11pm-2am at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The Zoo will be closed to the public that day in preparation for this unforgettable evening.

Zoobilation is the largest black-tie fundraiser in Indiana and is held annually on the second Friday in June. 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:

  • Sample a diverse selection of tucker and grog (that’s slang for food and drinks) from 70 of Central Indiana’s best eateries, all vying for the coveted blue ribbon awards as well as the people’s choice award.

  • ​Sip on top-shelf cocktails, wines and other drinks served at 13 different bars, with beverages sponsored by Republic National Distributing Company.
  • Enjoy unmatched entertainment featuring nine of the area's hottest acts performing on four stages. Entertainment is presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.
  • 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 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!

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 global conservation initiatives. 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

Zoobilation 2015 will feature culinary indulgences from across the city, all in one place, for one night, all for you! Check out the restaurants headed to the Zoo this summer!

240sweetMatt the Miller's Tavern
​Adobo GrillMesh on Mass
Abbott's CandiesMorton's The Steakhouse
ALAN's Catered EventsNicey Treat
Another Broken Egg CafeOcean Prime
Arni's RestaurantPalomino
BARcelona Tapas RestaurantPlat 99
BJ's Restaurant & BrewhousePlow & Anchor
Blondie's CookiesPrime 47
Boulder Creek Dining CompanyQuiznos Su​b
Bravo! Willow LakeRathskeller Restaurant
BRU Burger BarRick's Cafe Boatyard
Cakes by Cathy Inc.Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
CharbonosRonnoco Coffee
City BarbequeRuth's Chris Steak House
Dark Horse DelicatessenSangiovese Ristorante
Dick's Last ResortSev​erin Bar
Endangered Species ChocolateShula's Steak​ House
Georgia Reese's Southern Table & BarSimple Taste Inc.
​​Granite City Food & Brewery
St. Elmo Steak House
Grindstone Charley's Stone Creek Dining Company
Hal's Fabulous VegasSun King Brewing Co
Harry & Izzy's Tal​kin' Turkey "Real Cajun" Cookin
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown
The District Tap
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites - 120 West Bar & GrillThe​ Eagle's Nest
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
The Labor District Cafe
Indiana Grand Racing & CasinoThe Melting Pot
​​Indy Cakes
The Meridian Restaurant
La Margarita Fountain SquareThe Ocea​naire Seafood Room
Langton's Irish Pub
Union 50
Latitude 360Union Baking Company&JET Infli​ght Catering​
Louie's Wine Dive
Vanilla Bean Bakery
Maggiano's Little Italy
Weber Grill Restaurants


Entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP




​Sarah Scharbrough Band

​Entrance Plaza


​Whiskey Ninjas

Entrance Plaza


​DJ Lockstar

Party Pavilion​


​The Richmonds

Café on the Commons​



​Café on the Commons


​The Cosmic Situation

Westside Café​


Jason Brown & The Higher Ground​

Westside Café​


​The Bishops

Main Stage - Bridge​



Main Stage - Bridge​



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

Escape to the city for a worry-free evening at Zoobilation. Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is once again the official hotel of Zoobilation and they're ready to pamper party goers with lots of exclusive benefits. Guests will enjoy transportation to and from the event, breakfast for two the next morning, discounted parking rates and other perks. Plus the Marriott Downtown will host the official Zoobilation after-party. Reserve your overnight stay by booking online or calling 800-266-9432 and asking for the Zoobilation room block.

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​​

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Title Sponsor
Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Official Hotel Sponsor
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown​

Premium Experience Sponsor
Ice Miller LLP

Beverage Sponsor
Republic National Distributing Company
Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

Entertainment Sponsor
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Restaurant Judging Sponsor
Indianapolis Monthly

Official Vehicle Sponsor
Tom Wood Lexus

Zoobilation Restaurants Day At The Zoo Sponsor
Citizens Energy Group

Orange Carpet Sponsor
Moser Consulting

Coupon Book Sponsor
Barnes & Thornburg

Official Weather Station

Corporate Gift Bag Sponsor
Performance Tire Service Company

Main Stage Sponsor

Souvenir Gift Sponsor
Comcast Spotlight
NatGeo Wild

​Cafe on the Commons Stage Sponsor
UBS Financial Services

​App Sponsor
Bluebridge Digital

Photo Booth Sponsors
Fifth Third Bank of Central Indiana
MainSource Financial Group