Friday, June 17, 2016
7 p.m. to midnight
Rain or shine

Arctic Light, Summer Night


Roam around the Zoo and discover a variety of cuisine at food stations located around campus. From savory to sweet, we've got your taste buds covered for this arctic evening.

Food Station 1
Beef Brisket and Portobello Mushroom Sliders served with Coleslaw

Food Station 2
Fajita Chicken and Fish Tacos served alongside Tortilla Chips with a Queso, Salsa and Toppings Bar

Food Station 3
Mediterranean Chicken Skewers served with Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Food Station 4
Coconut Shrimp and Lobster Crab Rangoon served with Mango Rice

Desserts (coming soon!)


Main Stage

  • Party on the Moon This award-winning national party band promises to dazzle guests with current dance, 80s, classic rock, disco/funk, R&B, Motown and new country sounds and moves—for a party that's out of this world!
  • Charles Glenn Duo

Supporting Stages

  • The Usual Suspects
  • DJ Andrew Mullins

Silent Auction

The auction will take place in Lakeside Cafe and will be from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Check-out will begin at 10:45 p.m.

New This Year!
One-of-a-kind Saint Louis Zoo auction items: 
   • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at McDonnell Polar Bear Point
   • Spend a morning with an animal nutrition keeper
   • Scout for box turtles
   • Spend a day with the Zoo veterinary staff
   • Spend a day with the Zoo's Quarantine Manager
   • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium to see hellbenders and      savor an Ozark-themed lunch
  • Spend the morning with a penguin keeper
  • Plus much more!

New for A Zoo Ado!
Animal Painting Pull! For $50, you'll be entered to win one of the paintings illustrated by some talented artists – our very own Zoo animals!

 The Saint Louis Zoo’s Giving Board! From addax to zebra, all Zoo animals need your help. Our Giving Board represents all animal areas and how your donation supports the animals in our care.

Bid online! Visit and start bidding. You don't need to attend the event in order to bid.

Wear something wild from your wardrobe!

Go bold and beautiful in zoo-tastic, creative chic apparel. Enhance your
outfit with spots, stripes and scales, or rock a fun floral print on a polo shirt
or sundress. You'll be the top of the tundra at A Zoo Ado!

Spend an evening at the Zoo.
Spend a night at The Cheshire.

To make you're a Zoo Ado celebration memorable and hassle-free, The Cheshire is excited to offer partygoers a 25 percent discount on hotel rooms and a complimentary shuttle. 

Call The Cheshire at (314) 647-7300 and mention A Zoo Ado, or click here for more information.


To make reservations, please call (314) 646-4771 or visit

  • General Admission $85 for Zoo members; $100 for non-members (7 p.m. to 12 midnight)
  • Leaping Lemur Table $2000 for a table of 10 (6:30 p.m. to 12 midnight)

General Admission and Leaping Lemur tickets will be mailed. Free parking is provided on the South Lot on Wells Drive. Sponsors and underwriters should enter through the North Entrance on Government Drive. See directions.

Tickets are non-refundable. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Event will be held rain or shine.

For any accessibility needs (audio amplification devices, sign-language, interpreters, wheelchair assistance, etc.), please contact the Zoo Friends Office at (314) 646-4771 at least 72 hours prior to the event so that the Zoo can be sure to meet your needs.

This event has sold out in the past, so buy your ticket early! No tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event. 

All tickets will be mailed. Proceeds from this biennial fundraiser benefit the Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species at home and around the world.Proceeds from the fundraiser help the free, world-class Saint Louis Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species at home and around the world.

A Zoo Ado Co-chairs

Wendy Henry and Maurice Quiroga
Steering Committee and Full Committee

Underwriters and Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: Wells Fargo Advisors
Entertainment Sponsor: U.S. Bank
Gentle Giraffe: Mid America Chevy Dealers
Tip of the Iceberg: World Wide Technology
VIP Reception: BKD, LLP
Rest Your Paws: CALERES
Fueling the FareLaclede Gas
Hotel Partner: The Cheshire
Playful Penguin: Ameren, AT&T, Cequel III, The David B. Lichtenstein Foundation, Edward Jones, First Bank, Graybar, Monsanto, Thompson Coburn LLP