Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Zoobilee FAQ

What does Zoobilee benefit?
Proceeds from Zoobilee directly support the education and conservation efforts of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA), as well as providing for operating costs of PDZA throughout the year.

What time does Zoobilee start?
Zoobilee will tentatively begin at 6:00pm with Travelling Hors D’oeuvres and Silent Auction. This will be tentatively followed by Dinner and a Live Auction at 8:00pm and Dancing at 10:00pm.

How can I attend Zoobilee?
Limited seats will be available in early May 2014. Individual tickets are $225 each and  sponsorships are available starting at $1,000 (2 seats) or a table of 8 at $2,500. Please call us at (253) 404-3651 with questions about seats or the event.
What do I wear to Zoobilee?
Zoobilee is a Black Tie event. Tuxedos for men and cocktail, long dresses, or dressy evening separates for women. Please, no jeans, T-shirts, casual or active-wear. However, due to the Zoo's uneven footing, comfortable shoes are invited and recommended.

Should I make a reservation?

A limited number of tickets will go on sale in early May. A great way to secure your spot early is to consider one of the sponsorship opportunities currently available. Sponsorships start at $1,000 and go up to $25,000. Contact Larry Norvell, Executive Director, for more information at lnorvell@thezoosociety.org or (253) 404-3663.

Can I bring my child?

No. Guests who attend Zoobilee must be at least 21 years of age.

Where do I park?

Zoo parking lots are reserved exclusively for Zoobilee guests and corporate sponsors. Limo drop-off will be directly in front of the main entry.

For safety's sake please designate an alcohol-free driver.

Is there a coat check?

A coat check will be available. Guests will be provided a claim ticket, which must be presented to reclaim all belongings.

Are there indoor accommodations?

Zoobilee is an outdoor event and although there are indoor areas available they are extremely limited in space. All guests will, however, be seated under the Main Tent for the dinner and live auction. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

What kind of food and beverages are available?

Guests will be able to experience wonderful appetizer selections prepared by some of the top restaurants in the area. Food and beverages will be available through out the cocktail hour while guests interact with animals, bid on exciting silent auction items and take in the wonderful view from the plaza. Our guests will also enjoy a sit down dinner under the Main Tent during the live auction. Water and non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided. No outside food or beverages are permitted.

Are cameras allowed?

Of course! However, please respect the privacy of those around you.