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Wichita's Wildest Fun-Raiser!

Saturday, September 10, 2016: 6:00 p.m. - Midnight

Tickets on Sale Now!>
Limited Tickets. Tickets are $135.
Starting September 1 tickets will be $150

Call 316.266.8273 to order tickets by phone.

Please note: Zoobilee will be held RAIN or SHINE! Tickets are not refundable or transferable.

(Ticket value is $30, balance is tax deductible)

Tickets purchased online will be processed and mailed out to you within 7 business days. The last day tickets will be mailed is Thursday, August 25. All tickets purchased after the 25th will be placed in Will Call. Tickets may be picked up at the Membership office between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., daily or the evening of the event.

What started as a small event for just a few dozen friends has grown into Wichita’s wildest party of the year – Zoobilee 2016! Zoobilee – Saturday, September 10 – is a great way to support your Sedgwick County Zoo. One of the most successful fundraisers of its kind, Zoobilee raises funds that help keep Zoo admission prices affordable. As part of the Zoo’s commitment to conservation, a portion of this year’s funds will also go to support the Zoo's animal conservation initiatives in the wild.

This event would not be what it is today without the help of the thousands of contributors, patrons and dedicated volunteers. Thanks to you, our Zoobilee friends, who have participated in this event for many years and to those of you who are here for the first time, because of you Zoobilee has become a major source of the Zoo’s operating revenues each year.

Zoobilee Chair Marvin O. Long and the Zoobilee 2016 committee, as well as all the volunteers and employees are working behind the scenes to make Zoobilee 2016 a great party. We hope you will plan to join us. We've included a few photos from past Zoobilee events for you to flip through. Who knows you might see someone you know.

Tickets on Sale NOW!>
Limited tickets. Tickets are $135.

Starting September 1 tickets will be $150

 Please note: Zoobilee will be held RAIN or SHINE!
Tickets are not refundable or transferable.

(Ticket value is $30, balance is tax deductible)

Tickets purchased online will be processed and mailed out to you within 7 business days. The last day tickets will be mailed is Thursday, August 25. All tickets purchased after the 25th will be placed in Will Call. Tickets may be picked up at the Membership office between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., daily or the evening of the event.

Tickets Go on Sale August 1! Limited tickets.>
Starting September 1 tickets will be $150

Call 316.266.8273 to order tickets by phone.

Please note: Tickets are not refundable or transferable.

Roam the Wilds of the Zoo starting at 6:00 p.m.

Feast on specialties from the region’s finest restaurants and get pampered at one of the many pampering stations. Visit the Cessna Penguin Cove. Explore The Downing Gorilla Forest. Enjoy the Reed Family Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley 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 10:00 p.m. under the big tent on the Tropics 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 our Zoobilee live auction winners will help us pick a name.

Dance the Night Away!

The concert will start at 9:30 at the Main Stage. Dance the night away to the sounds of The Stacy Mitchhart Band. Zoobilee is sure to be the best party in town!

Tickets on Sale Now!>
Limited tickets. Tickets are $135.
Starting September 1 tickets will be $150

Please note: Tickets are not refundable or transferable.

Enjoy Entertainment & Music throughout the Zoo

2016 Zoobilee Line-up:

Blue Moon
Children's Bridge

Soul Injection
Bourbon Street

DJ Carbon
Beer Garden

Mumblin' Jones
Nganda Village

The Source
French Quarter

Phlox Kansas - LED light show
French Quarter

Stranded in the City
Spirit Camp Zambezi

The Stacy Mitchhart Band
 
Main Stage following the Live Auction

Eat, Drink and Be Merry.

Zoobilee patrons can spend the evening sampling food and drink. New tastes from local food and beverage establishments will be served, including traditional favorites and exotic new delicacies. Check back as we will be adding to the list every day as more and more restaurants sign up. If you don't see your favorite - please invite them to participate the next time you eat out! yum! yum!

THANK YOU to Wichita's Finest from 2016:
American Institute of Wine and Food
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Blarney Stone Pub*
Bubba's 33*
Carlos O'Kelly's
Cakes by Andrea

Cameo Cakes
Cargill Chuckwagon by Wichita Wagonmasters
Cloud 9 Cupcakes, LLC*
Corporate Caterers
Deano's Grill & Tapworks
Dunkin Donuts*
Edible Arrangements
*
Eurest
Fazoli's
Foggy Bottom
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Freebirds
Gabby
's Catering*
Gianni Bacci's
Granite City Food & Brewery

Great Harvest Bread Co.
Greystone Steak & Seafood*
Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q
Holiday Inn

HuHot Mongolian Grill*
Hurts Donuts
ICTea*
Il Primo Esspreso Cafe
Il Vicino Wood Over Pizza
J Rae's Bakery

Jason's Deli
Jose Pepper's
Kansas Star Casino
KFC

Lamphouse Photo Co.
Lee's Chinese Restaurant
Logan's Roadhouse
Los Compadres Mexican Grill*
McAlisters Deli
Molino's Mexican Cuisine
Monterrey Mexican Grill

Nothing Bundt Cakes*
Old Chicago
On the Border
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Papa Murphy's*
Plaza Beastro
Prairie Fire Coffee Roasters
Rita's Italian Ice & Custard
River City Brewery and Loft 150
Sheet Metal Workers Local #29
Sista Big Bones Catering
*
Sugar Shak*
TGI Fridays
Walgreens
Westar Energy*
Wichita Brewing Company
Wichita Thunder
Wichita Wagonmasters

*First Time Participants in Zoobilee!

Pampering Stations:
Nails by Emily
Sveta's Skin & Body Therapy

More restaurants and pampering stations are coming in everyday, so check back soon!  

Under the Silent Auction Tent

The Zoobilee 2016 Silent Auction is a one stop shopping experience that can't be matched. You can find some great items for yourself, get your holiday shopping done early and support the Zoo at the same time! We've grouped items together to make it easier to shop for the items you're interested in.

Click on any of the below photos for a Silent Auction Sneak Preview!

Live Auction

The Live Auction Animal Adoption at the Zoo’s main stage is one of the most popular parts of Zoobilee. Corporations and individuals use this opportunity to show their support of the Zoo by adopting an animal for the year. It’s great fun for you and the Zoo!

Learn more about some of the wonderful animals at Sedgwick County Zoo

African Elephants - Elephants are social animals with strong family ties. When foraging and out of sight from each other, elephants remain in contact by making a rumbling noise. If danger is sensed, they will stop making noise to alert the others. When making a threat display, elephants will twirl their trunks, toss dust in the air, or trumpet.

Each individual elephant will be avaialble for adoption during the Live Auction. You'll have seven opportunities to call an elephant "your very own"! 

African Lion Pride - While known as the king of the jungle, the lion lives in sub-Saharan Africa, actually preferring to live in the savannah, scrub and grassy plains. Lions are social animals, living in a “pride” or group. The prides may have as many as 20 members and the size of the pride’s territory depends on the number in the group.  

Amur Tigers - Tigers are endangered due to habitat destruction, big game hunting, and poaching. Sedgwick County Zoo has Amur. Amur tigers are the largest of the tiger subspecies. They are named after the Amur River in Russia and can survive in a harsh environment where extremely cold temperatures and deep snow are common.

Grevy’s Zebras - The Grevy’s zebra is a highly endangered animal and among the rarest zebra species. It is believed there are fewer than 5,000 Grevy’s zebras left in the wild. The Grevy’s zebra is part of the Species Survival Plan in which your Zoo participates.

Humboldt Penguins - Humboldt penguins get their name from the cold, nutrient-rich Humboldt Current off the coast of Chile and Peru. They are designed for their marine lifestyle, with streamlined bodies that allow them to “fly” through the water. They are dependent on land for molting as well as for nesting and breeding.

Lowland Gorillas - Lowland gorillas are very social creatures, living in family groups called troops. The groups are led by the oldest, dominate male. Males fight for dominance by vocalizing, thumping their chests, and occasionally charging at each other. Even so, these displays very rarely become violent.

Reticulated Giraffes – Giraffes are social animals, living in loose herds of 25-35 animals. The males maintain an identifiable pecking order, established through a ritual of neck wrestling. With lions as the only known predator to adult giraffes, they can live approximately 20 years in the wild. They have a captive life expectancy of 28 years.

Sumatran Orangutans - This critically endangered animal is highly intelligent and adept at problem solving. Sometimes called “old man of the forest,” the orangutan has extremely long arms that are a wonderful adaptation for living in the trees.

Each and every year we have a host of sponsors that help us create the best party in town. If you would like to ensure that your name or your company name is on the 2016 Sponsor list please let us know.

Major Sponsors

Beverage
House of Schwan
Standard Beverage
Glazer’s
Pepsi Bottling Group
White Beverage Co.
Worldwide Wine & Spirits, Inc.

Beer Garden
House of Schwan

Bourbon Street
Meritrust Credit Union

Printing
Printing, Inc

Entertainment Sponsor
Cox Communications

Pavilion Sponsor
Textron Aviation

Food Tray
Cargill
Foley Industries
Pratt

Souvenir Cup
Jonathan W. McConnell Law Office

Contacts
Zoobilee Tickets:   Membership Office
Call, Click or Come by
t: (316) 266-8273
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 9, 2017 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
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