What started 40 years ago as a small event for a few dozen friends has grown into Wichita's wildest charitable party of the year. One of the most successful fundraisers of its kind, Zoobilee raises funds that help keep the Sedgwick County Zoo animals fed and admission prices affordable. A portion of the funds raised at the event also will go to support the zoo’s animal conservation initiatives in the wild.
When the festival started back in the 1980s, patrons would receive a ticket and a membership into the Zoological Society. Today, patrons are part of a more upscale party, and the money it brings in to help with conservation and upkeep has grown to about $700,000 annually.
The event takes place every September at the zoo and is the only day of the year the zoo is closed to visitors. Your Zoobilee ticket gives you access to parts of the zoo that are open during the evening fundraiser, food and beverage, music on multiple stages, a silent auction, a live auction and other surprises.