Zoobilee is the most successful event of its kind. A premiere event in Wichita, the Sedgwick County Zoo fundraiser is returns this year with some exciting features. Here are five things to know before attending Zoobilee
It helps keep Zoo admission affordable.
The funds raised by the event directly benefit Zoo operations. Where patrons are most likely to see this in effect is at the Zoo entrance when they purchase their tickets. Accommodating 3,000 animals of 400 species isn’t cheap, but with the help of Zoobilee, admission prices can be.
Business casual attire is recommended
There’s usually a little bit of confusion associated with this. It’s a fancy event, but it’s at the Zoo. How do you dress to accommodate that? The answer is business casual, according to Melissa Graham of the Sedgwick County Zoo.
It requires volunteers, and lots of them.
Planning for Zoobilee typically begins in the spring. This year, the ball started rolling in April. Eighteen members of the community make up a committee that plans the annual fundraiser, and an additional 600+ volunteers are needed to pull the event off.
It draws a crowd.
Each year, Zoobilee draws a large crowd of community members. Last year, the event boasted nearly 6,000 in attendance, and this year is expected to be even bigger. Come prepared to run into a few of your friends!
It’s a wild time!
The fundraiser highlights a variety of events, this year including live music by the Stacy Mitchhart Band, an LED Light Show by Phlox Kansas, and a silent Auction. The auction will offer everything from goods and services to artwork, to an honorary adoption of a furry friend at the Zoo!
Dozens of local restaurants participate in the event, too, so there will be plenty of options when it’s time to eat! For the first year ever, Zoobilee guests can explore the Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley at their leisure.
Zoobilee will be held at the Sedgwick County Zoo on September 10. The event runs from 6 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are priced at $150, and are valued at a tax deductible $30.