Zoobilee 2017

Thanks you to all guests, with your gracious support we raised over $300,000 and had a wonderful evening!

Here are some highlights from Zoobilee 2017- Castaway

  • What

    Zoobilee 2017: Cast Away

  • When

    Friday, July 28th, 2017

  • Where

    Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
    5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407

  • Time

    6:00 PM to Midnight

  • Contact

    Lisa Johnson, (253) 404-3651

  • Attire

    Island Cocktail

Guests will be washed ashore as “Castaways” and come together to experience entertainment, up-close animal encounters, and selection of signature bites prepared by local restaurants.

Guests will have the opportunity to support the future of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium through its animal care, education programs and conservation initiatives.

Zoobilee will delight and entertain in ways it has never done. An event you do not want to miss.

General Tickets $225
Zoo Member Tickets $200

Restaurant Partners

Beverage Partners

2017 Event Chair

Heather Parkinson-Firestine

The Zoo Society

A 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising organization whose mission and purpose is to provide and promote financial, volunteer and community support to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The Zoo Society supports PDZA in their efforts to promote responsible stewardship of earth’s limited resources through education, conservation, research, preservation and recreational opportunities.


Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is located on 29 acres within Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park. The Zoo is a national leader in endangered species breeding and reintroduction efforts and is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It is the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Northwest, with annual attendance of more than 700,000 visitors.


400 philanthropic community and business leaders from the Greater Puget Sound area for the reception, dinner & auction.

2016 Results

Zoobilee 2016 raised more than $379,000. The Fund-A-Need raised more than $95,000 to fund PDZA’s Dr. Holly Reed Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

Senior Development Director
Phone: (253) 404 – 3651
Email: ljohnson@thezoosociety.org

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Zoobilee?

    The Zoo Society’s annual gala, Zoobilee which started in 1990 as a fun summer event full of food and music. In 2012 the event changed focus and direction into what it is today – a philanthropic event raising money to support the animals, education and conservation efforts of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

    Guests to the Reception/Dinner/Live Auction will experience live entertainment, up-close animal interactions, and an array of signature bites prepared by local restaurants. They will then indulge in a gourmet dinner, bid on unique and exceptional packages during a live auction to support the great work of The Zoo Society.

  • Who is The Zoo Society?

    The Zoo Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit fundraising organization whose purpose is to lend financial support to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The Zoo Society generates support for Zoo and Aquarium exhibits, education programs, scientific re-search, conservation activities, animal husbandry and care, capital projects and resources. Funds for programs are generated through annual fund gifts, grants, individual donations, corporate sponsorships and fund raising events. Contributions can also be made to the Zoo Society Endowment Fund.

  • What should I wear to this year's Zoobilee?

    Let’s go tropical with Island Cocktail attire for 2017. Still dressy but with a flair for the tropics. Please no jeans, Daisy Dukes, or board shorts – come dressed to impress, island style!

  • Do I need to pre-purchase my seats?

    Yes, seats must be pre-purchased. Tickets will go on sale early April.

  • Are children allowed?

    We ask that all of our guests attending be age 21 or over.

  • Do you have transportation or mobility options available for special guests?

    Yes. We have electric carts, wheelchairs and security escorts available for any guests that need special attention. Please contact Lisa Johnson, Senior Development Director, at 253-404-3651 to reserve specific transportation in advance.

  • I have food allergies. Who can I notify?

    We are happy to provide an alternative meal for those guests with special dietary needs and/or allergies. Please contact Lisa Johnson, Senior Development Director, at 253-404-3651 in advance regarding any special dietary needs.