Five Wild Holiday Gift Ideas from the OKC Zoo

Skip the long lines this holiday season and give an unforgettable, unique gift from the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. From big savings on Wild Encounters to opportunities to create incredible holiday memories and support wildlife conservation, the Zoo has something ‘kids from one to 92’ will cherish for years to come.

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ANIMAL ADOPTIONS – Adopt a Hippopotamus for Christmas

This holiday season, share your love of wildlife with everyone on your list with a gift of an animal adoption. With each $45 donation, recipients get an adoption certificate, animal fact sheet, name recognition on ZOOfriends’ website and a plush hippo, okapi or lion that you can hold, snuggle and pass on to future generations. The ZOOfriends’ hippo adoption plush option is only available for a limited time, so don’t wait. Net proceeds from each animal adoption benefit The Oklahoma Zoological Society, which helps spread the love to all the OKC Zoo’s animals by providing important funding for their daily care needs and animal enrichment items. To adopt your animal, visit, call (405) 425-0618, or stop by the ZOOfriends’ membership office located in the Zoo’s Global Plaza, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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ART GONE WILD – Art by Animals, Benefiting Animals

Put your passion for animals on full display with a one-of-a-kind piece of art painted by the OKC Zoo’s wildly talented animal artists. As part of the Zoo’s enrichment program, many animals paint during enrichment sessions with assistance from their caregivers. Elephants spray, snakes slither and flamingoes walk on the canvas! Find the masterpiece that’s right for you by visiting the Zoo’s Guest Services Office. Proceeds from all paintings support the Zoo’s conservation projects. For more information, call (405) 425-0275.

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SAFARI GIFT SHOP – Beloved ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’ T-shirts Return December 1

OKC’s holiday shoppers will want to deck the halls with the wide array of gift options available at the OKC Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop. Find a wild selection of stocking stuffers, children’s books and green or recycled gifts. Plus, celebrate the Zoo’s annual I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas sing-a-long with a limited-edition holiday hippo T-shirt available Friday, Dec. 1. Pick up signed copies of National Geographic photojournalist Joel Sartore’s books, RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species and The Photo Ark, featuring the Zoo’s bison, Mary Ann. Several of the items available for purchase support local and global conservation, so shopper’s thoughtful gift-giving will spread good tidings around the world. Be sure to round up for conservation when you check out and keep that holiday cheer going in support of our conservation programs. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Zoo admission is not required to shop. Save the date: on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m., sing your heart out with Gayla Peevey during the OKC Zoo’s annual I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas sing-a-long in the Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center Auditorium.

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ZOOFRIENDS’ MEMBERSHIP – The Gift That Keeps Giving

ZOOfriends members enjoy free admission all year-long, plus many additional benefits and discounts. Throughout December, take $10 off any new, renewed or gift membership! With eight different membership levels starting at $25, ZOOfriends has packages to fit every budget. Members receive 25 percent off all purchases made at the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop during the month of December. Committed to giving 100 percent of your membership dollars back to the Zoo, these memberships support the care of the Zoo’s animals, fund education programming and conservation initiatives and supports the overall expansion and growth of the Zoo. Join or renew online at or contact the ZOOFriends office at (405) 425-0618 for information.

Safari Tour



You and your family can spend an entire day at the OKC Zoo on a private, exclusive adventure. Accompanied by a personal tour guide (and up to seven guests) in a private safari cart, this once-in-a-lifetime experience includes all rides, attractions, and animal feedings and all Wild Encounters! To book this unique experience, call 405-424-3344.

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