Steps away from the city’s center, you can spend a Night in the Jungle during Zoobilation presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company. This single luxurious night is Indianapolis’ premier black-tie fundraiser and the biggest party for animal conservation in the state!
Indy’s most anticipated event of the year begins with the Premium Experience presented by Ice Miller LLP at 5:30pm followed by general admission from 7pm to midnight.
For its 33rd year, the theme for Zoobilation is a Night in the Jungle to celebrate the arrival of the Zoo’s newest animals, sloths and snakes. Species including reticulated pythons, green mambas and two-toed sloths are native to lush, exotic forests in different regions of the globe, offering endless inspiration for attendees’ animal-themed formal attire.
More than 5,000 guests will sample the finest culinary creations from 70 of Central Indiana’s most popular restaurants, all vying for Zoobilation’s coveted people’s choice and blue-ribbon awards. Plus, attendees will sip cocktails, wines and other drinks, with beverages presented by Republic National Distributing Company and served at 15 public bars — all set amid the Indianapolis Zoo’s amazing animals and exhibits!
As the sun sets on the city, party goers can dance into the darkness to rocking music presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, with live entertainment featured on multiple stages throughout the Zoo.
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. The Zoo’s largest single-day fundraiser, Zoobilation helps provide food and care to the Zoo’s 1,200 animals and 47,000 plants, as well as funding for local and international conservation efforts. In 2018, we raised a record $2.5 million to support animal conservation.
Slow down and savor all Zoobilation’s amenities as a Premium Experience guest. Beginning at 5:30pm, the Premium Experience presented by Ice Miller LLP offers early access to the full event as well as other exclusive benefits, including opportunities to interact with some of the animals the fundraiser supports. Additionally, you’ll receive priority parking, an arrival gift and access to the air-conditioned Venom Lounge in the St. Vincent Dolphin Pavilion.
For more Zoobilation information, please complete the contact form below.
Enjoy delicious cuisine from these participating restaurants, who donate ALL of their food and time to participate in Zoobilation! (* denotes new participant)
Meet your guides for a Night in the Jungle — the 2019 Zoobilation Street Team!
Fashion by Kelli Bastin
Food & Beverage by Megan Keller
Entertainment by Alex Paredes
Animals & Conservation by Katy Mann
Plus, be sure to follow the Indianapolis Zoo and Zoobilation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn all the latest about our event as well as the animals & programs it supports.
App features include the event map, with restaurant and specialty bar locations, entertainment schedule and stage locations, sponsor den and table locations plus so much more. On the night of the event, you’ll also be able to vote for your favorite restaurant to win the People’s Choice Award.
JW Marriott and Indianapolis Marriott Downtown are the official hotels for Zoobilation 2019, for providing a special overnight discount as well as additional amenities exclusively for guests! To secure your room, call 1-888-236-2427, but you better strike fast as the rooms tend to fill up quickly.
Men’s Wearhouse has two great offers for your Zoobilation 2019 formal wear! Reference Group #8433072 to get $50 off your tuxedo rental for the event and 40% off your retail purchase.
Please fill out the Zoobilation contact form to be added to our mailing list!
Ice Miller LLP
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Central Indiana Honda Dealers
Entry Plaza Stage
Indiana Farmers Insurance
Café on the Commons Stage
Valeo Financial Advisors
Westside Café Stage
Indiana Farmers Insurance
Corporate Gift Bag
Performance Tire Service Company
Premium Experience Gift
Compass Commercial Construction Group
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 2018, more than 5,500 guests raised a record $2.5 million to help advance animal and environmental conservation efforts globally and locally.