Zoobilation 2015 presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company


7pm-midnight • June 12

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 of Indiana.

  • 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
Abbott's CandiesMesh
Alan's Catered EventsMorton's Steakhouse
Another Broken Egg CaféNicey Frozen Treats
Arni's RestaurantNorth End BBQ
Barcelona Tapas RestaurantOcean Prime
BJ's Brewhouse​Palomino
Blondie's CookiesPlatt 99
Blue Bell CreameriesRathskeller Restaurant
Boulder Creek Dining CompanyRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Bravo! Willow LakeRonnoco Coffee
BRU Burger BarRuth's Chris Steak House
Cakes by CathySangiovese
CharbonosSeverin Bar
City BarbequeShula's Steak House
Dark Horse DelicatessenSimple Taste Specialty Bakery
Endangered Species ChocolateSt. Elmo Steak House
Georgia Reese's Southern Table & BarStone Creek Dining Company
Grindstone Charley'sSun King Brewing Co
Hal's Fabulous VegasTalkin' Turkey Cajun Food Truck
Harry & Izzy's The Eagle's Nest
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis DowntownThe Labor District Café
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites - 120 West Bar & GrillThe Melting Pot
Hoosier Park Racing & CasinoThe Meridian Restaurant
Indiana Grand Racing & CasinoThe Oceanaire Seafood Room
La Margarita Fountain SquareUnion 50
Latitude 360Vanilla Bean Bakery
Maggiano's Little Italy Weber Grill Restaurants
Market Table


Entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

We're planning another amazing lineup featuring some of the area's hottest musical acts. Check back soon for more details. [close]

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 CompanyCoca-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

Official Weather Station


Photo Booth Sponsor

Fifth Third Bank of Central Indiana

Souvenir Gift Sponsor

Comcast Spotlight

NatGeo Wild

Orange Carpet Sponsor

Moser Consulting