Zoobilation 2015 presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Thanks for an unforgettable evening!

G'day mates! Zoobilation 2015 was a rip snorter of a bash brought to you by our cobbers at Indianapolis Power & Light Company! Thanks to everyone who came out to party with us in Aussie style and celebrate the return of our koalas. This 29th annual event was another huge success​!

Zoobilation is the largest black-tie fundraiser in Indiana and is held annually on the second Friday in June. The Zoo will be closed to the public that day in preparation for this unforgettable evening. 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.

The Premium Experience offers guests the first opportunity to sample all the indulgences Zoobilation has to offer. 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 featured culinary indulgences from across the city, all in one place, for one night, all for you! Thanks to all of this year's participating restaurants:


Meridian Restaurant

Abbott's Candies​

Mesh on Mass

Adobo Grill

Morton's The Steakhouse

ALAN's Catered Events 

Nicey Treat

Another Broken Egg Cafe 

Ocean Prime

Arni's Restaurant 


BARcelona Tapas Restaurant 

Plat 99

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Plow & Anchor

Blondie's Cookies

Prime 47

Boulder Creek Dining Company


Bravo! Willow Lake 

Quiznos Su​b

BRU Burger Bar

Rathskeller Restaurant

Cakes by Cathy Inc.

Rick's Cafe Boatyard

City Barbeque 

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Dark Horse Delicatessen 

Ronnoco Coffee

Dick's Last Resort

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Endangered Species Chocolate

Sangiovese Ristorante

Georgia Reese's Southern Table & Bar

Sev​erin Bar

Granite City Food & Brewery

Shula's Steak​ House

Grindstone Charley's

Simple Taste Inc.

Hal's Fabulous Vegas

Spoke & Steele

Harry & Izzy's

St. Elmo Steak House​

​​Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown

Stone Creek Dining Company

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites - 120 West Bar & Grill

Sun King Brewing Co

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Tal​kin' Turkey "Real Cajun" Cookin

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

The District Tap

Indy Cakes

The​ Eagle's Nest

JW Marriott-Osteria Pronto & High Velocity

The Labor District Cafe

La Margarita Fountain Square

The Melting Pot

Langton's Irish Pub

The Ocea​naire Seafood Room

Latitude 360

Union 50

Louie's Wine Dive

Union Baking Company & JET Infli​ght Catering

Maggiano's Little Italy

Vanilla Bean Bakery

Matt the Miller's Tavern

Weber Grill Restaurants

McCormick & Schmick's



Entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Thanks to the incredible musical acts that performed during Zoobilation 2015: 

Sarah Scharbrough Band


The Cosmic Situation

​The Richmonds

​DJ Lockstar

The Bishops


Jason Brown & The Higher Ground​



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​​​​

Zoobilation Photography

View your orange carpet photos​ captured by King Shots Photography.​

Download the New Zoobilation App

Discover every indulgence Zoobilation has to offer with our new Zoobilation — Indianapolis Zoo app. Need help navigating the sea of restaurants and bars? Want a reminder when your favorite band’s about to hit the stage? Looking to connect with other attendees? Our easy-to-use app does all of that and more. It’s like squeezing the entire event program into your phone! Download it now for your Apple and Android devices.​

Connect on Social Media

Stay up-to-date on all the latest event news and connect with other party goers through social media. Facebook users can check out Zoobilation – Indianapolis Zoo to find information about restaurant partners, event tips and updates on other Zoo happenings. For those on Twitter, You can join the Zoobilation conversation using #IndyZoob.

Official Hotel of Zoobilation

Thanks to theIndianapolis Marriott Downtownfor serving as the official hotel of Zoobilation and pampering party goers with lots of exclusive benefits. Guests 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.

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
Bluebrid​ge Digital

West Side Cafe Stage Sponsor


Twitter Wall Sponsor​​
​​Somerset CPAs

​Photo Booth Sponsors
Fifth Third Ba​nk of Central Indiana
MainSource Financial Group