INDIANAPOLIS — June 10, 2022, marked the 35th Indianapolis Zoo Zoobilation, ‘Rockin’ with the ‘Roos!’

The event was first held in 1986 as a fundraiser for the zoo’s relocation to White River State Park, and now it supports many conservation and education programs for the zoo.

This year’s theme, ‘Rockin’ with the ‘Roos!’ recognized the zoo’s new kangaroo and cockatoo exhibit, Kangaroo Crossing. The exhibit is home to 13 kangaroos (6 males and 7 females), along with other species native to Australia.

Not only were attendees able to see the new Kangaroo Crossing exhibit and mingle with the ‘roos, they also wined and dined with more than 300,000 bite-sized food samples, enjoyed live music and got up close and personal with a few other zoo animals.

Zoobilation is a party with a purpose. In 2021 alone, the event raised $2 million. The event is the Midwest’s largest black-tie fundraiser.

The best food winners for the 2022 Zoobilation event were announced as:

  • Best appetizer: Modita
  • Best entree: HC Tavern and Kitchen
  • Best desert: Rise’n Roll Bakery
  • Best decor: Convivo

Punkin’s Pies Sweet Treats was the People’s Choice Winner for this year. 

FOX59 Anchors Beairshelle Edmé and Dan Spehler attended, broadcasting live from the event, as well as Indy Now Hosts Jillian Deam and Ryan Ahlwardt. See photos below.

Zoobilation is known for the fashion, from formal to outrageous, and the blue carpet did not disappoint. Check out these photos of some of the most eye-catching outfits.

Stay tuned for more Zoobilation coverage.