What started as a small event for just 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 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.
The annual event takes place every September at the zoo, the seventh largest zoo in the country and the state’s most popular outdoor attraction. 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.
Roam the wilds of the zoo starting at 6 p.m.
Feast on specialties from around 50 of the region’s favorite restaurants and get pampered at one of the many pampering stations. Visit the Cessna Penguin Cove. Explore The Downing Gorilla Forest. Enjoy Slawson Family Tiger Trek through the evening. Sample the music of various bands throughout the zoo until 8:15 p.m. Bid on fabulous items in the silent auction until 10 p.m. under the big tent on the Jungle Field!
Bid for beasts in the zoopendous live auction starting at 8:30 p.m.
An exciting live auction kicks off at the main stage. Zoobilee-goers will be able to bid on the honorary adoption of zoo animals. Live auction winners will have their name proudly displayed in the zoo for one year. If the adopted animal happens to give birth during the next year, the Zoobilee live auction winners will help the zoo pick a name.
Dance the night away!
Zoobilee’s big concert will start at 9:30 at the Main Stage, where you can dance the night away.
For more details about the 2016 Zoobilee, see our calendar listing.