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Wichita's Wildest Fun-Raiser!

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 24. All tickets purchased after the 24th 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 2017! Zoobilee – Saturday, September 9 – 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 2017 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 24. All tickets purchased after the 24th 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.

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 Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Sawmp 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

2017 Zoobilee Line-up:

WSU Steel Drum Band
Entrance

Blue Moon
Children's Farms Bridge

Soul Injection
Bourbon Street

DJ Carbon
Beer Garden

Stranded in the City
Nganda Village

Marc Baker and Untamed Country
French Quarter

Phlox Kansas - LED light show
French Quarter

Arnold Palmer Band
Spirit Camp Zambezi

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp 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!

More Participants Coming Soon!

THANK YOU to Wichita's Finest from 2017:
Bill's Charcoal Grill*
Cakes by Andrea
Cameo Cakes
Cargill Chuckwagon by Wichita Wagonmasters
Cloud 9 Cupcakes
Corporate Caterers
Dempsey's Biscuit Co.*
Firebirds Wood Fire Grill
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Gabby's Catering
Granite City Food & Brewery
Great Harevest Bread Company
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
Hu Hot Mongolian Grill
ICTea
Indian Hills Meat and Poultry
Il Vicino Wood Over Pizza
J. Rae's Bakery
Jason's Deli
Jimmy John's
Jose Peppers
Lamphouse Photo Co.
Lee's Chinese Restaurant
McAllister's Deli
Molino's Mexican Cuisine
Monterrey Mexican Grill

Nothing Bundt Cakes
On the Border
Outback Steakhouse
P.F. Chang's
Papa Murphy's
Plaza Beastro
PrairieFire Coffee Roasters
Rib Crib*
River City Brewing Co
Sheet Metal Workers Local #29
Sista Big Bones Catering
Sugar Shak
The Popcorner*
Twisted Buns Bakery*
Village Inn
Walgreens
Wichita Brewing Company
Wichita Thunder

*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 2017 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!>

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.

Amur Leopards - The Amur leopard is nocturnal and solitary by nature. It spends most of its day lounging on tree branches or hiding in thick brush or rocky outcrops. During the evening it may travel 15 to 45 miles each night protecting its territory and searching for food. It normally patrols at a steady walk but can run over 35 miles per hour when disturbed.

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 - The American bison is the largest mammal in North America. They once roamed the continent in vast herds and helped to shape the ecology of the Great Plains.

Black Rhinos - This solitary animal has a good sense of hearing and smell, which are used to make up for poor eyesight. Its large ears are able to rotate to detect a variety of sounds. It uses mud from mud holes to protect itself from the bugs and sun. The black rhino has two horns with the most prominent one used by males for battle and by females to protect young. The pointed upper lip is used to grab twigs and brush while grazing.

Chimpanzees - Like humans, chimpanzees have opposable thumbs. They use this adaptation to eat, throw objects at enemies, and grasp tree limbs firmly enough to support their body weight.

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 - Grizzly bears have a keen sense of smell and hearing, but their eyesight is poor. A heavy, fleecy undercoat and coarse guard hairs protect grizzlies from the cold. The shoulder hump is composed of fat and muscle. Their dentition and powerful jaws allow for a varied diet. Claws are used for digging and marking territory by slashing tree trunks.

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.

North American River Otter - The otter’s body is designed for a semi-aquatic lifestyle; they swim by moving the hind legs and tail. Eyes and ears are located near the top of the head so it can see and hear while submerged. The ears and nose close automatically when diving and the otter can stay submerged up to eight minutes.

Okapi - The coloration of the okapi provides a very effective camouflage in its jungle home. The stripes appear to fade into the shadows as it walks through thick brush. It is also believed that the stripes may make it easier for a calf to recognize its mother. Its short hair is slightly oily to the touch. Brown pigment oil allows the skin to stay in good condition and may also help waterproof the animal in the damp forests.

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.

Tropics Birds - A journey through the Tropics will introduce you to more than 60 species of birds that live there. Shortly after entering, sit and relax on the bench. From here you can see a majority of the exhibit – many of the birds can be seen flying from perch to perch.

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 2017 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

Entertainment Sponsor
Cox Communications

Pavilion Sponsor
Textron Aviation

Food Tray
Cargill
Foley Industries
Pratt

T-shirt & Cup
McConnell Law Office

Contacts
Zoobilee Tickets:   Membership Office
Call, Click or Come by
t: (316) 266-8273
Hours of Operation
Summer8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(March – October)
Winter10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(November – February)
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 9, 2017 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee.
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