Community Partner Spotlight: Zoolala

Thursday, January 19, 2017


  • Zoolala 2017: Party Like A King



One of Indy’s most fabulous young professional fundraising events—Zoolala—will celebrate its fifth year on Saturday, Jan. 28. Since 2013, young philanthropists have raised more than $200,000 by partying for a purpose.


Emerging community leaders founded the Indy Zoo Council in 2012 as an opportunity for young professionals to connect with and support the Zoo’s mission of empowering people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. The inaugural event was a sellout and quickly became a staple fundraising event for the Zoo.



This year guests will receive the royal treatment at Zoolala 2017: Party Like A King. Guests at the sold-out VIP party will kick off the evening in the Zoo’s Oceans building, the only place guests will have the opportunity to see the inspiration for this year’s theme: the king penguin. VIP ticket holders will also be able to learn about the unique challenges penguins face in the wild and how Zookeepers care for the penguins that call the Indianapolis Zoo home.

The main event will take place in the Dolphin Gallery, featuring live music from the Julia Kahn Band and Indianapolis’s own DJ Lockstar; delectable food from local favorites Nada and Four Day Ray Brewing; beer compliments of Sun King Brewing; and a full, open bar. Surrounded by the Zoo’s playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, guests will have the opportunity to get the ultimate selfie all the while remembering the true purpose of the party — animal conservation.


All proceeds from Zoolala go directly back to the Indianapolis Zoo. Feeding the 1,300 beaks, mouths, trunks and bills at the Indianapolis Zoo costs almost $400,000 a year, and Zoolala helps to offset those costs. Because the Zoo receives no direct tax revenue, fundraising events such as Zoolala are vital to the continued growth of the Zoo and the Indianapolis community.



In addition, funds raised also go toward the many grants that the Zoo gives out annually to animal organizations around the world. Conservation is at the core of the Indianapolis Zoo’s work, whether in the local community or thousands of miles away. The Zoo is committed to supporting many different organizations, researchers and scientists whose work is helping preserve wild things and wild places for future generations to marvel.


Over the years, animals from the savanna to the sea have benefitted from the Zoo’s involvement in these initiatives, including elephants, tigers, macaws and many more. And in 2017, funds are heading in some new directions, too. That includes organizations such as the Amur Tiger Conservation Project, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Kutai Orangutan Project and the Tarangire Elephant Project. Because of the support of the Indy Zoo Council, Zoolala is able to impact conservation worldwide.


Interested in supporting the Indianapolis Zoo by partying like a king? A few General Admission tickets remain and can be purchased online here. Get them before they’re gone!


The Indy Zoo Council is open to all young professionals in Central Indiana. For more information on how to join, contact Betsy Busald, Indy Zoo Council liaison, at or 317-630-2025.


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