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THE OKC ZOO OFFERS WILDLY UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS FOR ALL

Diversify your gift giving, bring adventure and excitement to everyone on your list!

THE ZOO LOVER

ZOOfriends’ memberships make great gifts for the zoo lover in your life. When you purchase or renew a membership in December, enjoy $10 off. Offer excludes Junior level. Membership benefits include unlimited Zoo admission for one year and discounts on education programs, concessions and gift shop purchases. Plus, ZOOfriends’ members receive discounts to participating Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited institutions throughout the country.

In addition to memberships, treat your friends, loved ones or even yourself to some wild swag. The Safari Gift Shop is stocked with hats, wear for adults and kids including the one-of-a-kind “I Want a Hippopotamus” T-shirts and accessories. ZOOfriends’ members receive a special 25% discount on all Safari Gift Shop purchases made in December. But if you’re just not sure what they’d like, Zoo gift cards offer endless options. Gift cards can be used to purchase anything in the Zoo with the exception of memberships. Swing by the Guest Services office to pick up your gift cards, or call (405) 425-0262 to purchase over the phone. Guest Services can mail them or save them for the recipients to pick up during their next visit. 

THE ADVENTURER

For those on your list with the hearts of explorers, nothing beats a behind-the-scenes, up-close experience with animals. The Zoo offers Wild Encounters with grizzly bears, sea lions, Galapagos tortoises and elephants year round. Wild Encounters are $40 or $50 per person depending on the animal area. ZOOfriends’ members receive a $5 discount per person. If you are uncertain of your adventurer’s schedule, Zoo gift cards can be used to purchase Wild Encounters so that recipients can book them at their convenience.

The Zoo also offers Safari Cart Tours, a private voyage tailored to fit the interests of the adventurer. These personalized Zoo tours cost $75 for up to seven people and last two hours. Booking for Safari Cart Tours is also done through the Guest Services office.

Take your gift idea to the next level with the Zoo’s Ultimate VIP Experience. This all-inclusive package includes a personal tour guide; private safari cart with drinks; all rides, attractions and animal feedings; and all four Wild Encounters! Groups of up to seven people welcome. Costs per person range from $400 to $800 depending on the group size. For more information about these experiences, call the Guest Services office at (405) 425-0262. 

THE CONSERVATIONIST

The Zoo offers many gifts that make a world of difference. Animal Adoptions are a wild way to support the animals you care about at the Zoo. Each Animal Adoption costs $45 and includes a personalized certificate, a fact sheet about your adopted animal, name recognition on the ZOOfriends’ website for one year and a plush animal. All proceeds from Animal Adoptions supply the Zoo with important funding for health, enrichment and the nutritional needs of all the animals. For more information, visit zoofriends.org or call the ZOOfriends office at (405) 425-0618.

The Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop also offers several items that positively impact the planet. Give your trendy green-goer a sleek S’well water bottle. S’well proudly supports the UNICEF Tap Project in making safe water accessible to the world’s most vulnerable children. Blu Bags are another chic, eco-friendly accessory for the conservationist. When you purchase these colorful, reusable shopping bags you help support Ocean Conservancy, an organization dedicated to finding innovative, sustainable solutions to the ocean’s greatest threats.

Find jewelry by Bluma Project, a Brooklyn based company that employs artists in developing countries such as Peru, Guatemala, the Philippines and India, providing them with sustainable income. These bright, authentic pieces are globally inspired with a modern twist. Choose creations from the Women of Cloud Forest, a group of women from Costa Rica who sustainably collect seeds from surrounding forests and artfully craft them into stunning pieces of jewelry. BeadWORKS is another available line of eco-friendly jewelry. It is supported by one of the Zoo’s conservation initiatives, the Northern Rangelands Trust. BeadWORKS empowers women by training them in bead craftsmanship, accounting and marketing. This diversifies household incomes and reduces reliance on livestock and natural resources.

The gift shop also offers Bella Tunno products. This line of vibrant baby and toddler products includes clothes, blankets and toys. For every product bought, Bella Tunno donates a meal to a hungry child and has given over 500,000 meals to children in our country.

THE SCIENTIST

For the inquisitive one in your life? We have scientific tools and experimental kits that will boggle their minds! Know a budding marine biologist? Make their holiday with the Aquascope and Underwater Wonders Activity Journal by Nancy B’s Science Club. As for aspiring entomologists, they’re sure to bug out over the Bugpodz Metropolis, a kit with the tools to create their own world of insects. And if you’re pint-sized Einstein is fascinated by the inner workings of the natural world, be sure to browse the wide collection of experimental kits by Green Science.

THERE’S MORE!

Searching for something for the art lover or gamer? Look no further. The Safari Gift Shop is decked out with coloring books, crayons, pencils, stickers and plenty more art supplies for your petite Picasso. Art aficionados will also like the Zoo’s wide selection of animal art pieces available for purchase. Bears, giraffes, gorillas, sea lions and tigers–the Zoo has many talented animal ambassadors that paint during voluntary enrichment sessions with their caretakers. Proceeds from these original creations support the Zoo’s conservation efforts. 

Puzzles! Trivia! Board games! All will create hours of fun for the gamer.

From bedtime stories to coffee table toppers to bird watching manuals, the gift shop’s book collection has something for every avid reader of any age.

Finally, discover beautiful handcrafted leather products, wreaths and art created by Okies!

 Shop the Zoo for all of your holiday needs! And remember, with every purchase you make at the Zoo, you have the opportunity to Round Up for Conservation and help save wildlife and wild places. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit www.okczoo.org.

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Editor’s note:  Here is a link to a video associated with this release, https://youtu.be/ZqXy5Q3S3V4.

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