Cleveland Zoo Society Celebrates 40 Years of ZippityZooDoo

Cleveland Zoological Society ZippityZooDoo

Each June, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo kicks off summer with a fantastic dinner, cocktails, and dancing under the warm night sky.

More than just a party with the animals, ZippityZooDoo has also been raising money for the last 40 years for the Zoo’s educational initiatives – making it Cleveland’s longest running benefit.

For instance, the live auction at last year’s ZippityZooDoo raised over $51,000 in Zoo scholarships – providing Summer Day Camp scholarships, free lunches, and ZooBus trips to 25,000 students.

The Moulin Rouge-themed ZippityZooDoo last June was my first, and the 4-course dinner, after-dark Zoo exhibits, and gorgeous Parisian decor blew me away.

(Check out my Zoolin Rouge recap and the Cleveland Zoological Society’s video to see why.)

ZippityZooDoo - Zoulin Rouge

Last year’s Zoulin Rouge-themed ZippityZooDoo transformed the Zoo into a Parisian patio

This year’s ZippityZooDoo takes place Friday, June 7. From 6pm – midnight, enjoy:

An open bar and delicious food like Coffee-Rubbed Filet Mignon with a Madeira Wine Mushroom Glace and Shaved Roast Asian Duck Breast with Toasted Sesame Jicama Slaw and Wonton Crisp.

The Wild Side Silent Auction featuring one-of-a-kind zoo experiences, including behind-the-scenes visits with the orangutans and the end-of-summer flamingo round-up.

Music and dancing from The Orchestra and up-close animal encounters. Last year, we were treated to Kallie the Elephant taking a swim. I can’t wait to see what happens this year!

ZippityZooDoo - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's elephant Kallie goes swimming

Kallie at last year’s ZippityZooDoo

Individual reservations start at $250, which includes food, drink, entertainment and valet parking.  $175 of this is tax-deductible.

Learn more and make your reservation at

Disclosure: I was invited to attend ZippityZooDoo in exchange for blogging about it. I also received one discounted ticket for a guest. My opinions and the choice of which events I preview are my own. As noted, the photo of Kallie was provided courtesy of Dale McDonald.
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