Introducing, ZOOlentangy!

ZOOlentangy Details

Living in Columbus, nearly all of us aspire to be the next Jack Hanna, interacting with our furry friends at the Columbus Zoo. This year, your dream could become a reality for an evening! We’d like to offer you the opportunity of a lifetime to feed giraffes, personally interact with other zoo animals, and enjoy great food and music in our local African savanna.  You can experience all this and more with your friends at the first-ever ZOOlentangy, hosted by the Olentangy Education Foundation.  ZOOlentangy will be held at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Friday, August 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

During this evening fundraiser, guests will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Zoo’s giraffes, within steps of our venue. Various Columbus Zoo animals will also greet ZOOlentangy attendees throughout the event.  Tasty cuisine prepared by the zoo chef will be served, and a bar will be available. Additionally, our guests will have an opportunity to place bids on 8-10 themed baskets that will make up our event’s, selective silent auction.

All this fun will cost $75 per person, which includes this special event, zoo admission through 8 p.m., parking, giraffe feeding experience and visits from several Columbus Zoo animals. If so inclined, you can purchase VIP tickets for $125 per person, which includes additional visits with Columbus Zoo animals and VIP bar access.  OLSD staff cost is set at a special rate of $50 per person for general admittance to the event. General event tickets will be $90 per person, at the door, the evening of the event.

We are currently accepting sponsors for ZOOlentangy. If you’re interested in being a sponsor for this amazing event, which includes numerous benefits and directly impacts a worthy cause, email OEF Development Director Sue Mahler at

Funds will support the Foundation’s mission to enhance Olentangy Local School’s educational experience. This includes providing staff grants for innovative programs and learning opportunities for which tax dollars are not available.

Guests must be 21 years or older.  Attire is casual. Since the majority of the venue is under cover, ZOOlentangy will be held rain or shine.

Online registration and ticket sales will open May 15, 2019. Continue to follow our Facebook page, Twitter account and website for countdowns and details.