The Oregon Zoo is more than a place. It’s an experience where eyes open. Curiosity flourishes. Minds expand. And it doesn’t stop at the gates. Zoolala is an incredible celebration of the zoo’s impact throughout the community and around the world.

16th Annual Zoolala Benefit 

Join us on Saturday, July 18, 2015 for a benefit like no other. Make an investment in the future of our natural world. You can help us inspire the next generation of conservation leaders, improve the fate of endangered species and help us lead the world in conservation and sustainability. Last year's event garnered more than $260,000 to create a better future for wildlife. You can help make this year an even bigger success!

Online ticket sales are now closed. You may purchase tickets at the Will Call booth on Saturday, July 18 beginning at 5 p.m.

The zoo will close at 3 p.m. on July 18 to prepare for Zoolala. Guests already in the zoo by that time may remain until 4 p.m.

About the Event

Support advances in animal welfare, life-changing educational experiences and programs to protect endangered species worldwide while you spend an enchanting evening at the zoo. This summer soiree boasts the best of regional restaurants, live music and exciting animal encounters. It's a magical evening under the stars you won't want to miss! Guests must be 21 or over and valid ID is required. 

5-7:30 p.m. (General admission guests enter at 6 p.m.)
Dinner, animal encounters, live music

Explore the zoo and encounters with Oregon Zoo animals while savoring small plates from the region’s best restaurants. Sip beer and wine while enjoying live music from The Bylines, Moon by Night and Sabroso.

7:30 – 10 p.m.
Dessert, benefit program, live music

Enjoy delights from exceptional dessert purveyors and get creative with spectacular face painting and photo booth fun. Round out the evening with our benefit program and dance the night away with The Patrick Lamb Band.

Matching Gift Challenge

A generous $15,000 matching gift challenge from RayEtte Oregon Investments, LLC, will double the impact of donations made during the event or through the event website

Celebrate with us on July 18

Online ticket sales are now closed. You may purchase tickets at the Will Call booth on Saturday, July 18 beginning at 5 p.m.

Thank you to our generous sponsors who make this event possible:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your commitment to creating a better future for wildlife. Join us for Zoolala, a benefit that offers an enchanting evening of delicious food from dozens of the region's best restaurants, plus live music and unique opportunities to spend time with Oregon Zoo animals and expert staff. Download our information packet (PDF) or call Heidi Heitkemper Wilcox, corporate and foundation relations manager, at 503-220-5734, to learn about sponsorship and matching gift opportunities.