ZOObilee 2016 Frequently Asked Questions
What is ZOObilee?
ZOObilee, Feast with the Beasts is Naples Zoo’s premier annual fundraising event and the Wildest Party in Naples! The 2016 event will feature an array of culinary delights provided by 20 of the best restaurants and caterers that Naples has to offer. The event will also feature special animal encounters, live and silent auctions, and plenty of live entertainment and dancing.
What are the date, time and location?
ZOObilee will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Naples Zoo. VIP early admission is at 6 pm and general admission is at 7 pm. The fun will last until 11 pm.
How much are tickets?
VIP early admission tickets are $250 and general admission tickets are $150. Note: There will be no physical tickets for this event. Please check in at the registration table on the night of the event.
Why does Naples Zoo need to hold a fundraising event?
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; and unlike many zoos, Naples Zoo’s operations are NOT subsidized by city, county, or state dollars. Animal care, education programs, enhanced wildlife habitats, and conservation efforts are funded by earned revenue and tax-deductible donations only.
How will the funds raised from ZOObilee be used?
All proceeds from ZOObilee will benefit Naples Zoo’s 2016 environmental education programs, Zoo improvements and operations, as well as conservation initiatives that are working to save threatened and endangered species both locally and around the world.
What benefits are included in my ticket price?
The price of your ticket includes a mouth-watering array of both sweet and savory culinary delights provided by an eclectic selection of local eateries, exciting live entertainment and dancing, close-up animal encounters and Q&A sessions with their keepers, the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items, and the chance to relax and socialize with your friends in a magical and tropical setting only Naples Zoo can provide!
What benefits are included in the $250 VIP early admission ticket?
In addition to the benefits listed above, the VIP early admission ticket holders will be able to enter the event at 6 pm and enjoy special animal encounters, a complimentary cocktail, and other special surprises designated exclusively for VIP ticket holders.
What about adult beverages?
Several full cash bars will be set up throughout the event.
I’m sick of dressing up! What is the suggested dress code?
You’re in luck! The suggested dress code for ZOObilee is Florida casual! But don’t be afraid to let your inner party animal out to play! Many of our guests use this opportunity to show off their wild side with animal prints and safari accessories, and we invite you to do the same! And to those of you who enjoy dressing up, please feel free to do so! Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes!
How many people will be in attendance?
We are expecting approximately 1,000 guests throughout the evening. The More, the Merrier! That’s our motto!
Can I bring my kids?
ZOObilee is a 21 and up event! But this is a great opportunity for a date night! You deserve it!
Can I bring my pets?
With the exception of service animals, pets aren’t permitted inside Naples Zoo. Besides! If you bring your pets, who’s gonna watch the kids? Please note: If you will be bringing a service animal, please let us know ahead of time.
Will there be seating available?
Although ZOObilee is not a formal, sit-down event, there will be plenty of seating and high-boy tables for you and your guests to relax and enjoy your food and drink.
Will I be able to get around in my wheelchair?
Yes. Naples Zoo is wheelchair accessible. There are some areas that contain shell rock; however, they are still navigable by wheelchair with some assistance.
Count me in! How can I purchase tickets?
I’d like to find out more about sponsorship opportunities. Who do I contact?
Please contact Marci Seamples at (239) 262-5409, ext. 147 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on sponsorship opportunities.
I’d like to donate an item for the silent and/or live auction.
Please contact Alison Chambers at (239) 262-5409, ext. 144 or at email@example.com.
I won’t be able to attend ZOObilee, but I would like to make a donation. How can I donate?
Accredited as both a zoo and botanical garden, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is an award-winning charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization reaching over 350,000 guests a year with its conservation and education mission. Unlike many zoos, Naples Zoo's operations are NOT subsidized by city, county, or state dollars. Animal care, education programs, enhanced wildlife habitats, and conservation efforts are funded by earned revenue and tax-deductible donations.