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Wichita's Wildest Fun-Raiser!

Saturday, Septebmer 10: 6:00 p.m. - Midnight

Tickets Go on Sale August 1!
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.

Tickets purchased online will be processed and mailed out to you within 7 business days. The last day tickets will be mailed out is Thursday, August 27. All tickets purchased after the 27th 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 2016a 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 Go on Sale August 1!>
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.

Tickets purchased online will be processed and mailed out to you within 7 business days. The last day tickets will be mailed out is Thursday, August 27. All tickets purchased after the 27th 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 Go on Sale August 1!>
Limited tickets. Tickets are $135.
Starting September 1 tickets will be $150

Please note: Tickets are not refundable or transferable.

Enjoy Music throughout the Zoo

2016 Zoobilee Line-up:

Blue Moon
Children's Bridge

Soul Injection
Bourbon Street

Beer Garden

Mumblin' Jones
Nganda Village

The Source
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 2015:
American Institute of Wine and Food
B.S. Sandwich Press
Beautiful Day Café
Cakes by Andrea
Cargill Chuckwagon by Wichita Wagonmasters
Carlos O'Kelly's

Corporate Caterers
Crown Catering/Crown Uptown
Firebirds Wood Fire Grill
Foggy Bottom
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Freebirds World Burrito
Gianni Bacci's
Granite City Food & Brewery

Hurts Donuts
Il Vicino Wood Over Pizza
J. Rae's Bakery
Jason's Deli
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Laurie's Kitchen
Lee's Chinese Restaurant
Local #29 JATC
Molino's Mexican Cuisine
Monroe Coffee Roasters
Monterrey Mexican Grill

Nitro Joe's
Noodles & Company
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Plaza Beastro
Prairie Fire Coffee Roasters
Rita's Italian Ice & Custard
River City Brewery and Loft 150
TGI Fridays
The Fresh Market
The Hungry Heart
Twisted Java
Village Inn

Wheat State Distillery
Whole Foods Market

Wichita Thunder
Wichita Wagonmasters

Pampering Stations:
Nails by Emily
New Directions Hair & Nail Salon
Sveta's Skin & Body Therapy

Wen Health and Wellness

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.

  • ON THE GO includes items that will take you places.
  • BOUTIQUE includes clothing and accessories.
  • HOME & GARDEN includes anything you need for your home or garden.
  • RELAX & ENJOY includes cosmetics, hair salons, spa treatments and more.
  • MADE BY HAND includes quilts and more.
  • ARTS includes paintings, photography, ceramics and more.
  • GIFT CERTIFICATES GALORE includes certificates for services and items in all of the above categories!

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.

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.

Bison - Bison once covered the Great Plains and much of North America. During the 19th century, the once enormous herds were reduced to only a few hundred animals. Today, bison numbers have rebounded.

Black Rhinos - Man has proven the most serious threat to the black rhinoceros, which has a normal life expectancy of 40 years. There were almost 9,000 black rhinos in 1984 and only 5 years later the number had decreased to almost 3,000. It is an endangered species and part of the Zoo’s Species Survival Plan.

- Chimpanzees are social animals, living in troops of 15-80 individuals. They utilize a complex communication of facial expressions, gestures, hoots and screams. Family is important; aunts, uncles and siblings baby-sit and help teach and train the young.

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.

Grizzly Bears - Grizzlies have white-tipped hairs that give them a "grizzled" appearance. Coat coloration varies from white to blond to brown to black. They are an impressive 6-7 feet tall when standing and typically weigh between 300 and 800 lbs.

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.

Jaguar - The jaguar is a very solitary animal, and is seldom seen interacting with other jaguars at any time other than mating season. The jaguar will primarily stay on land, although it is an excellent swimmer. It communicates through various vocal sounds and the jaguar will use its scent (urine) to mark its territory. Jaguars, like most predators, have excellent eye sight and can hear extremely well. In fact, the jaguar has developed the hunting skill of biting its prey through the temporal bones of the skull and killing it more quickly.

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.

North American River Otters - The river otter is built for life in the water and is one of the world’s best fishermen. But otters believe firmly that life is not all work for they love to play. On land, the otter will toboggan down muddy or icy slopes or simply take a slow easy float on its back.

Okapi - Although long hunted by the pygmies of Zaire, the okapi was one of the last large mammals to be discovered. Because of their reclusive nature and impassible habitat, they were not found until around 1900. Striped much like a zebra, the okapi’s closest living relative is actually the giraffe. Every okapi has a unique striping pattern.

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

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

Beer Garden
House of Schwan

Bourbon Street
Meritrust Credit Union

Printing, Inc

Entertainment Sponsor
Cox Communications

Pavilion Sponsor
Textron Aviation

Delta Dental

Food Tray
Capitol Federal
Foley Industries

Zoobilee Tickets:   Membership Office
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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 10, 2016 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).