Zoobilation presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company

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Elegance will take flight during Zoobilation 2017 presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company as we celebrate the arrival of Macaws! Flutter your feathery, colorful frocks during Tropical Adventure, and enjoy an evening of rocking music, indulgent cuisine, sensational specialty drinks and more, all to support the Zoo and its mission of animal conservation! 

The Zoo hosts Indiana's largest and most anticipated black-tie fundraiser from 7pm to midnight on the second Friday of June each year. Guests dress up in their favorite animal print formalwear and join us for an indulgent evening of decadent food provided by more than 70 of the area's best and most popular restaurants, rocking musical groups (thanks to our friends at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP), one notorious Indy DJ, top-shelf cocktails and beverages served at 13 public bars and more, all set against a backdrop of amazing animals at the Indianapolis Zoo! 

Zoobilation is also a party with a purpose! As a privately owned, nonprofit organization that receives no direct tax revenue, the Indianapolis Zoo relies on fundraising events like Zoobilation to help advance its animal conservation mission. As the Zoo's largest single-day fundraiser, the money raised through Zoobilation ticket sales and sponsorships help provide food and care the Zoo's 1,400 animals and 31,000 plants, as well as funding for local and international conservation efforts.

The Premium Experie​​nce

Our Premium Experience guests always enjoy full access to Indiana's premier philanthropic event by joining us at 5:30pm for the Premium Experience presented by Ice Miller LLP! Premium Experience guests receive exclusive amenities including priority parking, Entry Plaza cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a special arrival gift and private access to the air-conditioned "Oasis Lounge" in the Dolphin Gallery.​

Zoobilation Restaurants

Thank you to the restaurants who participated in Zoobilation 2016! Participating restaurants donate ALL of their food and time to participate in Zoobilation, providing delicious cuisine throughout the night.

​240sweet Gourmet Marshmallows​Abbott's Candies
​Adobo Grill​Another Broken Egg Cafe​​
Arni's RestaurantBARcelona Tapas
​Blondie's CookiesBoulder Creek Dining Company
Bravo! Cucina IatalianaBRU Burger Bar
CharbonosChuy's Tex-Mex
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant​​Dick's Last Resort
Eddie Merlot's ​Endangered Species Chocolate
​Fat Dan's Deli Georgia Reese's Southern Table & Bar
Granite City Food & BreweryGreat American Grill
​Grindstone Charley'sHal's Fabulous Vegas
Harry & Izzy'sHilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites/120 West Bar & Grill
Hoaglin CateringHoosier Park Racing & Casino
​​Indy Cakes​​Inga's Popcorn
Jack's Donuts​JW Marriott-High Velocity & Osterio Pronto
Killroy's Bar n' GrillLa Margarita Fountain Square
Langton's Irish PubLouie's Wine Dive & Mass Ave. Kitchen
Maggiano's Little ItalyMaple Leaf Farms Duck Mobile
Matt the Miller's TavernMcCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks
Mesh on MassMo's ... A Place for Steak​​
Morton's The Steakhouse​​​Nada​
Nicey Treat​​Ocean Prime
Palomino​​​Piada Italian Street Food
Plat 99Prime 47
Qdoba​​ Mexican Eats ​Rathskeller Restaurant
Rick's Cafe BoatyardRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
​Ronnoco CoffeeRuth's Chris Steak House
Severin Bar​​Shula's Steak House​​
​​​Simple Taste Gluten Free Bakery​St. Elmo Steak House
Stone Creek Dining Company​Sun King Brewing Co.
​table by Market District ​T.G.I. Friday's​ 
The Country Club of Indianapolis The District Tap
The Eagle's NestThe Hawthorns Golf & Country Club​
The Melting Pot​​​​​​​​​​The Oceanaire Seafood Room​​​​​​
Union 50
Union Baking Company & JET Inflight Catering
Vanilla Bean Bakery​Vida
Vireli's Fine Dining ​​Weber Grill Restaurants​


Entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Thanks to our Zoobilation 2016 entertainment, music played continuously on Zoo grounds throughout the entire six-and-a-half-hour event!

Circle City Bucket DrummersDJ Lockstar
​Endless Summer Band​Flatbed Twitch
​​Jambox​Living Proof
Matt Roush
The 78's
Uncle Juju


​Zoobilation History

Zoobilation is an event 30 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 2015, more than 5,000 guests raised a record $2.2 million to help advance animal and environmental conservation efforts globally and locally.​ [close]​

Zoobilation Ex​​tras​​​​

Find Your Event Photos

Remember your WILD night forever! Use the code from your photo tickets to find your photos​ from Zoobilation 2016.

Download the Zoobilation App

Discover every indulgence Zoobilation has to offer with our 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. Plus, follow @IndyZoob on Twitter and Instagram​, and join the Zoobilation conversation using #IndyZoob.

Zoobilation Newsletter

Get the latest Zoobilation news delivered straight to your email inbox each month. Read the newest Zoobilation Newsletter​. And contact zoobilation@indyzoo.com and asked to be added to our mailing list! [close]​

Zoobilation 2016 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
Finest Call​
Entertainment Sponsor
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Arrival Carpet Sponsor
Moser Consulting
Zoobilation Restaurants Day at The Zoo Sponsor
Citizens Energy Group
Corporate​ Gift Bag Sponsor
Performance Tire Service Company​
Coupon Book Sponsor
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Souvenir Gift Sponsor
Comcast SpotlightNat Geo Wild
App Sponsor
Official Weather Station
​​Photo Booth Sponsor
Fifth Third Ba​nk of Central IndianaHarley-Davidson of Indianapolis ​
Exit Experience Sponsor
Official Vehicle 
Central Indiana Honda Dealers ​
Cafe on the Commons Stage
Circle Centre Mall
The Fashion Mall at Keystone​

Official ​Medical ​Spa Sponsor
Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery & Fusion Spa​
Event T-Shirt
Main Stag​​e-B​​ridge Sponsor​
Recycling Partner
Ray's Trash Service​