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ZooDo 2014 ! "Party with the Animals"


ZooDo is presented this year by WDBJ-7, Your Hometown News Leader.  It is the annual big-party, fundraising bash up at the Zoo. 

Dance under the big tent to live music by "Tim Shepherd and the Antlers of Protection Band."  Dinner is donated by Outback Steakhouse.  The cash bars will feature craft beers, wines and  specialty martini and lemonade bars. 

There will be a live auction of these very special items:
GO TO THE BEACH FOR A WEEK!  Win a week  of your choice* at a cozy beach cottage on the ocean side of the Outer Banks in Nags Head, NC.  The cottage sleeps 8  (10 if you are all really good friends!)  Amenities include 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, great room, ocean view decks, fully furnished, TV, Cable, Laundry, and fully equipped kitchen. *Subject only to availability.  Must be used by 12/31/14.  Value: $1,200.00
PUT A TIGER IN YOUR HOUSE!  Bid on an original graphic design created by NC artist Tony Clark.  Tony has beautifully captured the face of Ruby the Tiger, MMZoo's most famous resident, to grace your walls.  Value: $500.00
HAVE YOUR OWN PARTY AT THE ZOO! Hold an after-hours party at the Zoo  for up to 60 of your nearest and dearest friends.  Our great band of this evening, Tim Shepherd and the Antlers of Protection, will entertain your group for three hours.  You bring the food and beverages and the Zoo will provide the rest. Value: $2,000
SUNSET CHAMPAGNE SAILBOAT CRUISE for 4 friends.  Sail with Captain Charlie Logan on his private sailboat on Smith Mountain Lake.  Leave from Bernard's Landing and enjoy the cool of the evening sailing on the lake.  Cruise includes champagne and hor's d'oeuvres.  Value: $250.00 
ADD SOME BLING TO YOUR LIFE with a 24kt Gold, limited edition, numbered Zoo Charm on a gold chain from the AmrHein's Roanoke Bracelet collection.  Value: $378.00
GIRL'S DAY FOR 2 BFF'S!  Your day together will consist of lunch at Carlos Brazillian International Cuisine, a spa treatment of a mani-pedi, shampoo and scalp massage at Zee's Day Spa and Salon and finishing up with a great chick-flic at the historic Grandin Theater. Value: $325.00
BOY'S DAY OUT FOR 4!  Start with lunch at Annie Moore's Pub, spend an afternoon playing golf at the beautiful Hidden Valley Country Club and wind up at the beer tasting room of the Roanoke Railhouse Brewery for a tasting flight for four friends of the Railhouse craft beers.  Value: $325.00
ONE-OF-A-KIND FASHION ACCESSORY created by jewelry artist Elise Hammond Roberts.  Elise grew up in Roanoke and now lives in Kenya, Africa.  This unique piece can be worn as a belt or necklace.  It is made of beads of antique ivory,  Venetian millefleur glass, painted glass and carved and shaped ebony, nuts, and marble.  Inserts of antique Moroccan silver pieces, copper and brass filigree give the piece sparkle.  The accent pieces on the ends are antique ivory from Africa.  Value:  $750.00
BE A GOVERNOR FOR THE NIGHT!  Spend the night in the Governor's Suite at the Doubletree Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center with your Significant Other and 2 guests of your choice.  Stay includes breakfast for 4 in the Regency Room.  Value: TBA
ORIGINAL ANIMAL PAINTING  by artist Julie Felton (description to follow)

Bring your friends, and come up on the mountain to enjoy the cool of the evening, our spectacular views and watch the sunset over the city while having a fab time at a great party. 

The event is at a good time of day to view the exotic animals at the Zoo. Several of our animals will be out and about for the party so you will have an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with them.  There will be a photographer for the evening to have your photo taken with a zoo animal.

Start Time

7/11/2014 6:30 PM

End Time

7/11/2014 9:30 PM


Mill Mountain Zoo


Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $65 at the door.  There is a limit of 300 tickets available.  They may be purchased from Hometown Bank locations, at the Zoo ticket window and on-line through the Zoo’s website.  On the home page of the Zoo’s website is a “buy ZooDo tickets here” button to purchase through PayPal or you may send your ticket request and credit card information through the “Contact Us” feature at the top of the website.  All online ticket purchases will be held at the Will Call window the evening of the event.


Hors d’Ouvres will be provided by Cabot Cheese with a selection of their finest cheeses and accompanying crackers and veggies.

Outback Steakhouse is donating dinner for the evening.  The menu will include Outback's signature 4oz grilled sirloin steak, Down Under barbecued chicken, garlic roasted mashed potatoes, their special homemade honey- wheat dinner rolls and a fresh tossed Caesar Salad.  For dessert, Outback will serve a selection of their delicious  cheesecakes.  Save your dinner coupons:  they will be good for a Bloomin' Onion on your next visit to Outback!


You will receive one(1) $5.00 drink ticket with your admission price.  Additional drink tickets may be purchased at the event.

Bars will provide a selection of popular Craft Beers, Budweiser Beers and wines, specialty Martini's and "Not-Your-Grandma's" Lemonades.

There will be a specialty Martini Bar with Gin and Vodka  and, returning by popular demand,  the MMZoo Lemonade stand that will  be serving our "Not Your Grandma’s" Lemonades!

Non-Alcoholic beverages will be provided for the evening by Coca-Cola Bottling Company.


Additional sponsors for the evening include Q99, City Lifestyles Magazine, PA Short Distributing, Hometown Bank,  and Kohl's

Downloadable Forms


Event Inquiries

For more information, contact Sara Brooks, Marketing and Development, MMZoo or call 540-343-3241 ext. 25.