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Wichita's Wildest Fun-Raiser!

Limited Tickets. Tickets are $150. Now Available Online>
Starting September 1 tickets will be $150

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

What started as a small event for just a few dozen friends has grown into Wichita’s wildest party of the year – Zoobilee 2014! Zoobilee – Saturday, September 6 – 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 2014 committee, as well as all the volunteers and employees are working behind the scenes to make Zoobilee 2014 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.


Limited tickets. Tickets are $150. Now Available Online!>
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 28. All tickets purchased after the 28th 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.

The Zoobilee Adventures of Clark and Clarissa!

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 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 10:00 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 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 Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band. Zoobilee is sure to be the best party in town!

Limited tickets. Tickets are $150.

Please note: Tickets are not refundable or transferable.

Enjoy Music throughout the Zoo

The Source
In front of the Zoo

Children's Bridge

Cory Angsten and The South 40 Band
Zoo Bar Ranch

DJ Carbon
Urban Jungle

Mumblin' Jones
Nganda Village

Blue Moon
Burbon Street

Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band
takes the 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!

Wichita's Finest:
Ambassador Hotel
American Institute of Wine and Food Wichita Chapter
B.S. Sandwich Press
Brand's Fine Foods
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cargill Chuckwagon by Wichita Wagonmasters
Carlos O'Kelly's
Corporate Caterers
Cow and Sow Deli
Crown Uptown
Deano's Grill & Tapworks
Foggy Bottom
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Granite City Food & Brewery
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Heroes Sports Bar & Grill
Holiday Inn Wichita East
Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza 
J Rae's Bakery
Jason's Deli
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Kansas Star Casino
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kona Ice
Lamphouse Photo Co.
Laurie's Kitchen
Lee's Chinese Restaurant
Monterrey Mexican Grill
Old Chicago
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Plaza Beastro
River City Brewery
Savor...Intrust Bank Arena
Sheet Metal Workers Local #29
T.G.I. Fridays
The Brown Box Bakery
The Fresh Market
Treat America
Twelve Restaurant and Bar
Twin Peaks
Village Inn
Wichita Brewing Company
Wichita Thunder
Wichita Wagonmasters

Pampering Stations:
Lilian's Nail Boutique
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 2014 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.

African Painted Dog - The African painted dog has developed incredible speed and endurance that enables it to catch prey. It has been clocked running at speeds of 37 miles per hour for over three miles. It has large bat-like ears and excellent auditory ability used for hunting and ritual ceremonies.

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.

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.

Flamingo Flocks - Flamingos have an extraordinary bill that allows them to feed in the same manner as the whalebone whales. The edges and inner parts of the beak are covered in lamellae (corneous structures covered with fine hairs set in rows). The lamellae can be raised or flattened at will.

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 2014 Sponsor list please let us know.

Major Sponsors

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

Urban Jungle Beer Garden
House of Schwan

Bourbon Street
Meritrust Credit Union

Printing, Inc

Entertainment Sponsor
Cox Communications

Delta Dental

Food Tray
Capitol Federal
Foley Industries

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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 12, 2015 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).