With special thanks to Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Zoobilation 2012 turned out to be another amazing event for the Indianapolis Zoo. This annual fundraiser is a significant contributor to the Zoo's animal care budget, and in 2012, the event raised a record $1.3 million. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors, restaurants, entertainment, guests, and the Zoo staff, those funds drop directly into the bottom line where they can be spent on food, medical care, enrichment, and the other needs of the Zoo's living collection of animals and plants.
Zoobilation and how it's put together is a wonderful story of outstanding community cooperation. All of the 70+ restaurants that participate every year donate their time, talents, and delicious food to this event, which is the primary reason why it raises so much money for the Indianapolis Zoo. Committees made up of local professionals and volunteers generously give of their time and talents over a whole year in order to plan and organize an event that comfortably accommodates over 4,000 guests. Zoo staffers join with those volunteers to execute the event on the night of second Friday each year, and it takes a monumental effort to pull it off. The Zoo closes for the day of Zoobilation, and literally hundreds of staff and volunteers descend on Zoo grounds to set up for the event. Stages are set for the bands and singers, tables and booths are constructed everywhere, including all along the old Washington Street walking bridge, and the restaurants make their way in to prepare to deliver some of the most delightful and tasty samples anywhere.
The Zoo thanks everyone who contributes to this event and for their support of the animals of the Indianapolis Zoo (including our friend Elliot gibbon - right).