Past Events

2021 Events

Zoo Do 2021

Zoo Do 2021 - Let's Monkey Around

During our zoo’s 130th year of operation, the annual Zoo Do fundraiser was an equally momentous occasion. Guests enjoyed a visit to the zoo where animal encounters, auction items, and a uniquely wild happy hour led to dinner and a live auction at the historic Miller Park Pavilion. The ‘Let’s Monkey Around’ theme was beautifully executed. Silhouettes of DeBrazza's Monkeys decorated by professional and amateur artists were everywhere you looked. The goal of raising over $100,000 was met and plans began immediately for Zoo Do 2022.

Special thanks to Beverly and Bill Edwards, Owners and Operators, The Copy Shop, who were the Honorary Co-Chairs, and top Zoo Do 2021 Sponsors.


Thank you for a successful and fun event!

Guests enjoyed beer tastings from local and regional breweries, hearty snacks from local restaurants, wildlife encounters and more! All within a unique outdoor destination that features many large indoor and outdoor exhibits including a Tropical Rainforest and Wallaby WalkAbout.

Presented by Miller Park Zoological Society. Proceeds from the event will go to the expansion of the Children’s Petting Zoo, including the addition of Mule Foot Hogs.

Thank You To Our Generous Supporters
Kurt's Autobody Repair Shop – Tasting Glass Sponsor
Advanced Rehab and Sports Medicine – Keg Sponsor
Cumulus Radio Bloomington – Keg Sponsor
Palma Entertainment – Keg Sponsor
Hermes Services & Sales – Growler Sponsor
Barker Motor Co – Ice Sponsor
White Oak Brewing . . . Keg Grove Brewing Co
Riggs Beer Company . . . Emancipation Brewing Co
Hand of Fate Brewing Co . . . Lil Beaver Brewery
3 Floyds Brewing . . . Two Doors Down Brewery
Destihl Brewery . . . Tangled Roots Brewery
Buzz Bomb Brewing Co . . . Beer Nuts . . .
Bloomington Meats . . . College Hills Meats
DoubleTree . . . Jimmy John's . . . BloNo Pizza Co
Zoo Dogs . . . Parkview Inn . . . Outback Steakhouse (Friday)
Epiphany Farms (Saturday) . . . D.P. Dough . . .
Friar Tuck . . . Portillo's . . . Hacienda Leon . . . Hy-Vee
Fort Jesse Imaging Center . . . Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

Zoological Society Board of Directors
and Advisory Board Members
The Brews Crew and Volunteers
Zoo Staff

Stampede final

Miller Park Zoo
Stampede 2021

It was a beautiful March morning. 344 participants registered for the three events (5K, 3K and Fund Run) and came to beautiful Miller Park for a fun filled, fast paced morning. Support from sponsors, participants and volunteers made this one of our most successful Stampedes yet. Results of the 5K race can be found HERE..

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

2020 Events

Brews for the Zoo 2020 Logo


July 31 – Keg Grove, 12 pm – 11 pm

August 7 – White Oak, 3 pm – 9 pm

August 14 – Lil Beaver, 12 pm – 10 pm

August 21 – Destihl, 11 am – 10 pm


Brews at the Zoo morphs into


Four local breweries – Destihl, Keg Grove, Lil Beaver and White Oak Brewery – are creating a series of limited edition beers, featuring a Miller Park Zoo animal, and highlighting the zoo’s conservation work. The breweries have chosen animals housed at Miller Park Zoo and, along with the special brews, have created custom labels featuring their animals. The special brews are filling a void left by the popular Brews at the Zoo event, which could not be held this year due the occupancy guidelines in the Illinois Reopening Plan. A portion of the beer sales will be donated to the nonprofit Miller Park Zoological Society.


MPZS Stampede 2020 Logo

Miller Park Zoo Stampede 2020


On March 7th the sun was shining and 366 runners and walkers came out for the 23rd annual Miller Park Zoo Stampede. The 5K run, 3K walk and ¼ mile Fun Run took participants through historic Miller Park, the surrounding neighborhood and through a portion of Miller Park Zoo.

Thanks to all who participated. Runners, walkers, volunteers, sponsors, Parks Maintenance and Zoo staff made this one of our most successful Stampedes. With your generous support, the event raised over $14,000 for Miller Park Zoo.

Photos by Lewis Marien courtesy of Limited Magazine.

2020 Miller Park Zoo Stampede Sponsors


Our zoo would not be the zoo it is today without the generous support of a caring community of generous donors and friends who support zoo events. Thank you again for your support of Miller Park Zoo and the Zoological Society.



2020Stampede Sponsors

2019 Events

VooDoo at the Zoo Do 2019

A picture-perfect summer evening at the Zoo and the historic Pavilion, provided over 250 guests the opportunity to experience magical traditions of New Orleans while generously supporting Miller Park Zoo. Guests were greeted by the sounds of an up and coming band, DisFUNKtional who played a variety of covers in a brassy funky style. Zookeepers had animals in hand for up-close encounters and the silent auction items in the Katthoefer Animal building had guests bidding enthusiastically.

Led by the band, guests paraded to the Pavilion where dinner was served on the porch and the festivities continued. A beautiful diamond necklace donated by Bremer Jewelry was raffled and guests continued their generosity in live auction bidding. When all was said and done the event raised over $86,000 for our zoo! $22,000 of that was given to fund the purchase of an x-ray machine for the animal hospital putting the X-Ray Campaign close to its goal of $75,000

Over 200 individuals and businesses donated goods and services, sponsored tables and gave generously at Zoo Do this year. This support will make it possible for Miller Park Zoo to sustain its rich history in our region, to expand the visitor experience, to increase educational opportunities and to share its vision for a world where all people respect, value, and conserve wildlife and wild places.


Members Night A Sucess!

There are many reasons to support the Miller Park Zoo. A Zoo membership is one important way, and our recent Members Night event shows that this option not only benefits the residents of our zoo but also comes with some fun benefits to our members.

An annual event, Members Night was held July 18 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Over 650 guests enjoyed animal encounters, zookeeper presentations, food and drinks from seven stations located throughout the Zoo, free carousel rides and face painting by the Zoo Lady. It was a hot summer evening but that didn’t seem to bother our members.

Hats off to those who volunteered that evening to assure the success of the event. It took over 25 hardworking friends of Miller Park Zoo to plan, set up and serve our members. We also want to thank Avanti’s, the Meads Family, Monical’s Pizza, Jason’s Deli, Tarvin’s Culligan Water, the Donut Experiment, Papa John’s Pizza and Beer Nuts for donating food and drinks for the event. Thank you to the Miller Park Zoo staff who worked extra hours to make this a special evening for our members.

Paula Pratt, Miller Park Zoological Society, Development Director