Friday, June 15, 2018
7 p.m. to midnight
Rain or shine

Swingin’ in the Moonlight

Put on your party shoes and get ready for A Zoo Ado presented by Wells Fargo Advisors! Eat and drink to your heart's content while strolling around the Zoo, rock out to the national cover band Party on the Moon, and help support our conservation efforts for primates around the world. This will be a party that will be heard from the highest treetops!


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.

Food Station 1

  • Mini cheeseburgers
  • Fried portobello sliders
  • House-made ranch potato chips

Food Station 2

  • Korean barbecue beef
  • Asian sesame slaw
  • Korean tofu skewer

Food Station 3

  • Pork banh mi sandwich with pickled vegetable slaw
  • Fried spring rolls with sweet & sour sauce 

Food Station 4

  • Mac-n-cheese station
  • Toppings: bacon, chicken, fried onions, red peppers, hot sauce

Dessert Station

  • Donut holes - glazed, cinnamon sugar and powdered
  • Mini cupcakes-chocolate fudge, vanilla bean and red velvet
  • A Zoo Ado Logo cookies
  • Rice Krispie Treat (gluten free)


Main Stage

Party on the Moon; An 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!

DJ Needles

Supporting Stages

DJ Micro

The LustreLights

Silent Auction

Bid online! Click the link below and start bidding.  You don’t need to attend the event in order to bid.

Bid Online

The A Zoo Ado Silent Auction will feature as many as 50 unique and exciting items, including exclusive packages from the Saint Louis Zoo.

Auction Highlights

Unique Zoo Packages

Exclusive grizzly bear tour
Behind-the-scenes experiences at Polar Bear Point, Sea Lion Sound, Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Charles H. Hoessle Herpeatrium
Wine & Cheese Prowl for 25
Snake Safari Experience
Jammin’ at the Zoo private event area 

Other Packages (with more to come…)

Game of Thrones Journey through Ireland
Total Wine & More private wine class for 20

Would you like to donate to the silent auction?
Donate Here

What’s Happening at A Zoo Ado… 

NEW! Kendra Scott Jewelry Pull

Head home even prettier than when you walked into A Zoo Ado!
Jewelry designer Kendra Scott will provide boxes containing items valued at $50 or more. With a $50 donation per box, you can walk away with a beautiful necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings. Proceeds support the Saint Louis Zoo. A limited number of boxes are available for purchase before the event.  Must be present at the event to choose your gift.

NEW! Proceeds for Primates Giving Tree

Help our conservation efforts by donating to our Giving Tree. Choose an amount you’d like to give, and your name will be displayed on your own individual primate. Place your primate on our Giving Tree, and you’ll walk away with a special gift – a print or painting illustrated by our very own Zoo animals!

Buy Wine, Help Animals at the Wine Pull

What better way to help primates than buying a bottle of pinot? Stop by the Wine Pull at Lakeside Cafe, and for $25, you’ll take home a bottle of wine valued at $25 or more. Just draw a number and claim your prize. Hurry while supplies last!

Try Your Luck at the Treasure Chest 

All guests attending the event will receive a key, and only a select few will be able to open our Treasure Chest. Inside are Apple Watches for the winners. Stop by the auction area and see if you have a special key! 


  • General Admission: (7 p.m. to midnight)
    • $85 for Zoo members
    • $100 for non-members 
  • Leaping Lemur Table: (6:30 p.m. to midnight)
    • $2,000 for a table of 10 
  • Jumping Jaguar Table: (6 p.m. to midnight)
    • $5,000 for a table of 20 

Purchase Tickets

General Admission and Leaping Lemur tickets will be mailed. 

Free parking is provided on the South Lot on Wells Drive for General Admission and on the North Lot on Government Drive for Leaping Lemurs.  All other sponsors and underwriters should enter through South Entrance on Wells Drive).

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.

Proceeds from this biennial fundraiser benefit the Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species at home and around the world. 

Underwriters and Sponsors

Leader of the Pack: Wells Fargo Advisors
Entertainment Sponsor: U.S. Bank
Tip of the Iceberg: World Wide Technology
Gentle Giraffe: Mid America Chevy Dealers
Rest Your Tails: CALERES
Fueling the Fare: Spire
Playful Penguin: Ameren, The Boeing Company, The Centene Charitable Foundation, Cequel III, Edward Jones, First Bank, Lighting Associates, Monsanto, Roofers Mart, Royal Canin, Thompson Coburn LLP
VIP Reception: Anheuser-Busch

To inquire about event sponsorship opportunities, please email