Zoo Ball 2021: Roar with the Changes

September 16, 2021

Zoo Ball returns this year with a roar!

Since 1976, the Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo has been committed to supporting the zoo’s mission by taking on extensive fundraising efforts to bolster the financial health of the zoo—providing critical support for capital, conservation, and education efforts. The Women’s Board is made up of more than 120 dedicated members who serve as wildlife stewards, celebrating Chicago’s most treasured wildlife experience.

This year, the Women’s Board annual fundraiser, Zoo Ball, returns on Friday, September 24. This sought-after event celebrates the zoo’s new state-of-the-art lion habitat and the return of lions and other carnivores back to Chicago. This year’s apropos theme, Roar with the Changes, will feature a vibrant evening with exclusive access to and first-look at Pepper Family Wildlife Center.

To provide for the animals in the zoo’s care and offer free admission to the millions that walk through zoo gates each year, operations cost roughly $80,000 a day. Funds from this year’s Zoo Ball will support these essential zoo operations as the world continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

With great anticipation for the opening of Pepper Family Wildlife Center, Zoo Ball: Roar with the Changes has sold out. Although tickets are no longer available to Zoo Ball, there are still ways to participate and support the Women’s Board’s efforts and Lincoln Park Zoo:

Purchasing Raffle tickets

Raffle tickets are live! Prizes include a $5,000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree, United Airlines business-class vouchers, an electric scooter, and a $5,000 cash prize.

Partaking in the Silent Auction

Auction items for Zoo Ball will be available for bidding early next week. Keep an eye on the Zoo Ball website for updates.


Funds raised support the zoo’s operational expenses and help keep Lincoln Park Zoo free and open to all. Contributions to Zoo Ball 2021 can be made here.

A sincere thank you to the generous support from the Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo.

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