Zoobilation presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company


June 9 • 7pm-midnight • ​​Premium Experience: 5:30-7pm

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 live 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 on the second Friday of June each year, beginning with the Premium Experience presented by Ice Miller LLP at 5:30pm followed by general admission from 7pm to midnight​. Guests dress up in their favorite animal-inspired formalwear and join us for an indulgent evening of decadent foods provided by more than 70 of the area's best and most popular restaurants, rocking entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, top-shelf cocktails and beverages presented by Republic National Distributing Company and served at 13 public bars — all set amid the Indianapolis Zoo's amazing animals and exhibits! 

The Premium Experience offers a limited number of party goers early access to Indiana's premier philanthropic event plus many additional exclusive amenities, including priority parking, special access to animal keeper chats, Entry Plaza cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a special arrival gift and private access to the air-conditioned Oasis Lounge.

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.

Attire for Zoobilation is black-tie and guests must be 21 or older. 

A limited number of Zoobilation corporate sponsorships, which include ticket packages, are still available. For more information, contact Special Events Manager Liz Mok at zoobilation@indyzoo.com​ at 317-630-2188.

​Zoobilation Restaurants

Participating restaurants donate ALL of their food and time to participate in Zoobilation! In 2017, our guests can look forward to delicious cuisine throughout the night from these participating eateries. (* denotes new participant)

​240sweet Gourmet MarshmallowsAnother Broken Egg Cafe​​
Arni's Restaurant
BARcelona Tapas
Blondie's CookiesBravo! Cucina Italiana
BRU Burger Bar​*Burger Study​
Cooper's Hawk Winer
*Cretia Cakes LLC​
Dick's Last ResortEddie Merlot's ​
Endangered Species Chocolate
​Fat Dan's Deli 
​Grindstone Charley'sHarry & Izzy's
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown/Great American Grill​
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites/120 West Bar & Grill
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
*​​I Love Juice Bar​
​​Indy CakesInga's Popcorn
​​Jack's Donuts
JW Marriott Indianapolis/Osteria Pronto​
La Margarita Fountain Square
Killroy's Bar N' Grill
*​Livery*MADD Greeks Mediterranean Grille​
Maggiano's Little ItalyMaple Leaf Farms Duck Mobile
Matt the Miller's TavernMcCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks
Mesh on Mass
Mo's ... A Place for Steak​​
Morton's The SteakhouseNada​
​​​*OAKLEYS bistro​
​​Ocean Prime
Piada Italian Street FoodPlat 99
Prime 47The Rathskeller
Rick's Cafe Boatyard
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Severin Bar
Shula's Steak House​​Simple Taste Gluten Free Bakery​
​​​*Slippery Noodle Inn​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 Melting Pot
The Oceanaire Seafood Room​​​​​​
*The Tavern
​​​​​​​​​​*Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen & Tearoom​
Union 50​
Vanilla Bean Bakery​
​*​Verde, Flavors of Mexico​Vida
Weber Grill Restaurants​


Entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Look forward to more Zoobilation 2017 entertainment details coming soon!


​Zoobilation History

Zoobilation is an event 30-plus 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​​​​

Zoobilation HotelExtend your Zoobilation celebration with an overnight stay at The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. As the official hotel for Zoobilation, the Marriott is offering our guests a great room rate that also includes complimentary shuttle service to and from the event, breakfast for two the morning after Zoobilation and a 25 percent discount on parking.Reserve your room online​ or call 317-852-3500 for more information.​​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 Twittr and Instagram​, and join the Zoobilation conversation using #IndyZoob.

Zoobilation Newsletter

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Zoobilation 2017 Sponsors​​

​Title Sponsor
Indianapolis Power & Light Company
Premium Experience Sponsor
Ice Miller LLP
Entertainment Sponsor
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Beverages Sponsors
Republic National Distributing Company
​Arrival Carpet Sponsor
Moser Consulting
​Official Vehicle Sponsor
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
​​Official Weather Station
Fox 59
​​Souvenir Gift Sponsor
Comcast Spotlight
Nat Geo WILD​
​Official Vehicle Sponsor
Central Indiana Honda Dealers
Corporate Gift Bag Sponsor
Performance Tire Service Company
Restaurants Day at the Zoo Sponsor
Citizens Energy Group​
Café on the Commons Stage Sponsor
BSA LifeStructures​
Photo Booth Sponsors
Fifth Third Bank of Central Indiana​
​Media Partners Indianapolis Business JournalIndianapolis Monthly​​​
​Exit Experience Sponsor
Recycling Sponsor
Ray's Trash Service​
T-shirt Sponsor
Kightlinger & Gray, LLP​