The Friends of the Zoo Board of Directors has been carefully considering the options for Jazzoo 2020, which we had rescheduled to August 28. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the board has determined that we must cancel Jazzoo this year to protect the health and safety of our guests, employees, and community. 

Should you choose to donate your ticket purchase, no additional action is required, and we will send you a receipt. If you would like to request a refund, however, we understand. To do so, please click the link below and provide the information that we will need to process your request.


Mark your calendars now for Friday, June 4, 2021, and thank you again for your support of the Kansas City Zoo!



Jazzoo, the Kansas City Zoo’s largest fundraiser, could not happen without a dedicated team of volunteers. Volunteering for Jazzoo is a wonderful way to show your support of the Kansas City Zoo. Consider joining us this year! We welcome anyone who has some time to give and wants to help the Zoo’s largest fundraiser.

We always do our best to accommodate any special needs for volunteers, just let us know in the comment section of the Volunteer Interest Form. We are always happy to have younger volunteers assist us during the daytime shifts, we only ask that they be with an adult the entire time while volunteering.

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at Jazzoo! Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form and the Jazzoo Volunteers will be in touch with you closer to the event!  Please enter your email address and the system will walk you through selecting a time to volunteer!  If you have any questions feel free to reach out via email at


We thank you in advance for supporting the Zoo and Jazzoo 2020!

Work Day

Wednesday, August 19th  – 3 to 7pm

Jazzoo needs volunteers who can assist with an inside role at the Zoo which involves prepping and preparing items for the set-up of Jazzoo.  The duties on this Work Day will vary depending on what is needed leading up to the event.  This is a great opportunity for those who are unable to help during the daytime set-up of Jazzoo.

Event Setup

Thursday, August 27th  9am to 5pm

Friday, August 28th  9am to 5pm

Volunteers are needed both days. This predominantly outside role involves a variety of items related to set-up. This is the most critical need for volunteers, as they are one of the main reasons we are able to make this event a success each year. This is a great way to experience and appreciate the Zoo – and sneak a peek at some of the animals!  Event set-up may include setting up decor, signage, preparing guest areas, restaurant load-in and many other items. If you are able to volunteer a few hours, a 1/2 day or both days we would love to have your help. You will be provided lunch and the work is done rain or shine. It is suggested to wear sunscreen, tennis shoes and a hat.

Event Cleanup

Saturday, August 29th 7am to 12 Noon

One of the most important roles is helping to get organized for 2021 Jazzoo and it begins with the Saturday morning volunteers. You will spend time at the Zoo before the doors open to the Saturday guests packing up and organizing supplies from this year’s event. This position will be both inside and outside – so dress accordingly!