Zoobilation presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company

​Tickets are SOLD OUT 

Save the Date: ​​​​​​​​​​June 8 • Premium Experience 5:30-7pm • General Admission 7pm-midnight

Swing into Summer in style on June 8, with a ticket to Zoobilation presented by Indianapolis Power &​ Light Company. Zoobilation is Indianapolis' premier black-tie fundraiser and the biggest party for animal conservation in the city! Thanks to our friends at Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP, we'll have another outstanding evening featuring rocking musical groups scattered throughout the Zoo. And of course, Zoobilation wouldn't be complete without premium wine, festive specialty drinks and more than 70 indulgent restaurants with marvelous cuisine. 

The theme for 2018's sold out event focuses on the Zoo's newest exhibit — our troop of highly social, swinging and splashing monkeys called long-tailed macaques. These monkeys live in dense forest areas in Southeast Asia and that's right, they dive and swim. Secure your plans now to swing into Zoobilation and make a splash, because you won't want to miss Indy's hottest ticket in town!

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 formal wear 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, top-shelf cocktails and beverages presented by Republic National Distributing Company and served at 15 public bars — all set amid the Indianapolis Zoo's amazing animals and exhibits!​

Zoobilation is also a party with a purpose! As a privately operated, 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 to the Zoo's 1,200 animals and 34,000 plants, as well as funding for local and international conservation efforts.

Attire for Zoobilation is black-tie and guests must be 21 or older. To place your name on our waiting list for tickets, please email zoobilation@indyzoo.com.

​Premium Exp​​​erience

Looking for an even more lavish experience? Enjoy full access to Indiana's premier philanthropic event when you join us at 5:30pm for the Premium Experience presented by Ice Miller LLP​! Premium Experience guests will receive exclusive amenities including priority parking, Entry Plaza cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a special arrival gift and private access to the air-conditioned "Mangrove Lounge" in the Dolphin Gallery. 

For more information, contact Special Events Manager Liz Mok at lmok@indyzoo.com or at 317-630-2188. ​



Thanks to our 2018 restaurant participants for providing delicious cuisine throughout the night and helping to make our event a huge success! Participating restaurants donate ALL of their food and time to participate in Zoobilation! (* denotes new participant)  

​240sw​eet Artisan Foodworks
Another Broken Egg Cafe​
​​Arni's Restaurant*Auberge​
Blondie's CookiesBoulder Creek Dining Company​
Burger Study
*Café Soleil at Eskenazi Health​
*Cobblestone​​​​​*Conner's Kitchen & Bar
​*Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine​​​​​​Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
​The Country Club of Indianapolis​​​*CRG Grow
Cretia Cakes Dick's Last Resort
The District Tap​​​
Four Day Ray BrewingGranite City Food & Brewery
Grindstone Charley's
Harry & Izzy's
The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club​​
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown​
Hoaglin Catering​
Indy Cakes
*Ingram Micro Mobility Marketplace at Eskenazi Health
Jack's Donuts
​​JW Marriott - Osteria Pronto
Kilroy's Bar n' GrillLivery​
Louie's Wine Dive
Maggiano's Little Italy
Marsha's Specialty Desserts & Tierney's Catering
​Matt the Miller's Tavern​
Maple Leaf Farms - The Duck MobileMcCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks
The Melting Pot
Mesh on Mass
Morton's The SteakhouseNada
OAKLEYS bistro
Ocean Prime
Piada Italian Street Food
Prime 47…Indy's Steakhouse
The Rathskeller
*Red, The Steakhouse
Rick's Cafe Boatyard
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Rooster's Kitchen
Ruth's Chris Steak HouseSlippery Noodle Inn
​*Salt on Mass​*Schakolad Chocolate Factory - Traders Point​
*​Something Blue BakeryStarbucks at Eskenazi Health
St. Elmo Steak HouseStone Creek Dining Company
*Sweet Cakes by Ronda
Sun King Brewing Co.
table by Market District
The Country Club of Indianapolis
Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen & Tearoom*Topgolf
The Oceanaire Seafood RoomUnion 50
Vanilla Bean Bakery
VERDE, Flavors of Mexico
Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB​​​​​



The night will be filled with the sounds of live entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Check out our fabulous music lineup for 2018! 


​Zoobilat​ion 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 2017, more than 5,000 guests raised a record $2.4 million to help advance animal and environmental conservation efforts globally and locally.​ [close]​

Event ​Ex​​t​ras​​​​

Zoobilation Social Media Team​

Watch for more details coming soon about how you can join our 2018 Zoobilation Social Media Street Team! We're looking for wildly creative event ambassadors for the inside scoop on food and beverages, fashion, entertainment and of course, animal conservation. 

​You can also search #IndyZoob or follow @IndyZoob and @IndianapolisZoo on Twitter and Instagram to check out all of the latest updates, connect with other party goers and join the Zoobilation conversation. Facebook users can check out

Zoobilation – Indianapolis Zoo to find information about restaurant partners, event tips and updates on other Zoo happenings. 

Happy Zoobilation! ​​

Zoobilation Hotel​

Thanks to the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, the official hotel for Zoobilation, for providing a special overnight discount for Zoobilation guests! Click here​ to reserve your room for $159 today. 

Zoobilation Newsletter

Contact zoobilation@indyzoo.com and ask to be added to our mailing list! [close]​

Zoobilation 2018 Sponsors​​

​Title Partner
Indianapolis Power & Light Company
Premium Experience Partner

Ice Miller LLP
Entertainment Partner
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Beverage Partners
Republic National Distributing Company
​Arrival Carpet Partner
Moser Consulting
​Official Hotel 
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
​​Official Weather Stations
Fox 59
​​Souvenir Gift Partner
Duke Realty
​Official Vehicle 
Central Indiana Honda Dealers
Corporate Gift Bag Partner
Performance Tire Service Company
Restaurants Day at the Zoo Partner
Citizens Energy Group​
Premium Experience Gift Partner
BSA LifeStructures​
Main Stage Partner
Marian, Incorporated​
​​Media Partners Indianapolis Business JournalIndianapolis Monthly​​​​
​Exit Experience Partner
Recycling Partner
Ray's Trash Service​
Entry Plaza Stage Partner
IU Health Cardiovascular​
Restaurant Coupon Book Partner
Barnes & Thornburg LLP​