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annual fundraiser

Jungle Jubilee

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Great Plains Zoo’s annual gala is back with a ROAR! Join us on Thursday, August 1, for an unforgettable evening of animal encounters, live music from the Hegg Brothers, gourmet food, premium drinks, and an exciting live auction! Proceeds from the 2019 Jungle Jubilee gala will benefit the Zoo’s Lions: Building Our Community Pride campaign

  • 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
    • Feed Lorikeets (pre-registration required)
    • Cocktails on the Plaza
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    • Party with a Porcupine and other animals
    • Dinner and Silent Auction
  • 7:00 p.m.
    • #RateASpecies
    • Live Auction followed by live music

Your support at Jungle Jubilee helps our Zoo: 

  • Build momentum for a NEW Lion exhibit and breeding center - with a pride of up to 10 Lions!
  • Work to save 43 endangered and threatened species, including the Eastern Black Rhino and Amur Tiger.
  • Care for more than 1,000 animals and almost 300,000 kids and families each year!

Seating is limited. CLICK HERE to purchase your tables and tickets online. If you have questions, please call 605-367-8313, ext. 113 or email

The Zoo & Museum will be closing at 2:00 p.m. (last admission at 1:00 p.m.) on Thursday, August 1 to prepare for Jungle Jubilee, our annual gala.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world.  The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones.  Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.