At the OKC Zoo, Go Wild!

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OKC Zoo News Releases

AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR OKC ZOO’S MONARCH MADNESS 5K/FUN RUN PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Run, don’t wait to register for the Oklahoma City Zoo’s second annual Monarch Madness 5K/Fun Run presented by Bob Moore Subaru. The OKC Zoo’s Monarch Madness 5K and one-mile Fun Run, happening Saturday, October 6, is an officially timed, family-friendly run benefiting monarch butterfly conservation. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m., with check-in beginning at 6 a.m. The officially timed course simulates the 4,000 kilometer (2,500 mile) migration monarchs make from Canada to Mexico for the winter with themed water stops along the trail. All participants will receive an event T-shirt, timed bib, a finisher’s medal and FREE general admission into the Zoo that day. Registration is $40 for adults and $30 for kids ages 3-12. To register, click here or visit www.okczoo.org to learn more.

After the 5K, enjoy the OKC Zoo’s annual Monarch Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Zoo’s Butterfly Garden. Festival activities will include craft stations, butterfly tagging and garden tours–all free with zoo admission. The goal of the Monarch Festival is to educate Zoo guests about declining monarch populations and to inspire them help protect butterflies and all pollinators by learning how to attract them to public gardens, neighborhoods or their own backyard. Learn more at www.okczoo.org

AUGUST:  2018 ZOO AMPHITHEATRE CONCERT SEASON

The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City’s preferred, outdoor concert venue, rocks on with the following events: 

Friday, August 10: KATTFEST: Godsmack & Shinedown
Saturday, August 11: Need to Breathe, Forever On Your Side Tour
Thursday, August 16: Slayer, Final World Tour

Managed by 3HORSE Productions, LLC, the Zoo Amphitheatre is adjacent to the Oklahoma City Zoo and remains one of Oklahoma City’s most enduring and unique attractions. To learn more about the Zoo Amphitheatre or for ticket information, visit www.thezooamphitheatre.com.

NOW THROUGH FRIDAY, AUGUST 10:  OKC ZOO SUMMER CAMPS

Let your kiddos end their summer on a wild note with the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Summer Camps. These themed camps continue through August 10, 2018 for children ages 3-15. Full-day camps for ages 4-11 run Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $275 (members) and $300 (nonmembers). Half-day camps for ages 4-5 (only) meet Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $145 (members) and $160 (nonmembers). Other fees apply for extended care hours. During the full-day option, campers will enjoy a variety of activities including Zoo play, exhibit tours, animal visits, keeper chats, water play, and Zoo rides and attractions. Daily snacks provided. These highly popular programs usually reach capacity, so enroll now. Advance registration, payment and shot records are required. To register online or learn more about camp programs, visit www.okczoo.org/camps or call the education department at (405) 425-0218.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12:  WORLD ELEPHANT DAY PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Visit the Oklahoma City Zoo on Sunday, August 12 for World Elephant Day presented by Bob Moore Subaru and join the herd as we come together for elephants. Asian and African elephants are facing numerous threats in the wild and this global event brings attention to how we can help conserve and protect these beloved animals. Enjoy a day of fun and learning with activities planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information displays, conservation education games, crafts and other activities will be on-site at the OKC Zoo’s elephant habitat. Lancer Hospitality, the OKC Zoo’s food and beverage partner, is providing free ice cream to those in attendance, while supplies last. Breyers, the ice cream producer, uses sustainable palm oil practices in their manufacturing process, protecting critical wildlife and wild places. Guests will also have the opportunity to share their World Elephant Day memories on social media with a digital photobooth courtesy of Bob Moore Subaru. Snapchat fans will love the custom elephant filters sponsored by Bob Moore Subaru available at the Zoo on Sunday, August 12. Bob Moore Subaru will be kicking off the celebration with a Selfie Saturday Pre-Celebration for World Elephant Day on Saturday, August 11 at their dealership. They will give away a pair of Zoo admission tickets to the first ten test drives who take a World Elephant Day selfie with the Bob Moore Subaru Selfie Station. World Elephant Day activities are free with regular Zoo admission. For more information, call (405) 425-0262.  

MONDAY, AUGUST 13–WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15:  OKC ZOO’S SCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMPS

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s School’s Out Day Camps offer unique experiences for students during the school season.

In coordination with Oklahoma City Public Schools and surrounding districts’ calendars, the OKC Zoo’s education team will host day camps for students ages 4 to 11 when school is out. Children will focus on connecting with and caring for wildlife as they enjoy craft activities, meeting animal ambassadors, exhibit tours and other fun-filled, educational activities.

Upcoming School’s Out Day Camps we be held on Monday, August 13, Tuesday, August 14 and Friday, August 15. Cost per camper/day is $40 (members) and $45 (nonmembers) and limited spaces are available. Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Rosser Conservation Education Center at the far east end of the OKC Zoo parking lot. Snacks are provided, but campers must bring their lunch. Parents or guardians are required to provide a copy of their child's immunizations. Registration is available online at okczoo.org/camps or by phone at (405) 425-0218.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26: NATIONAL DOG DAY PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

You’re invited to a pawsome event as Bob Moore Subaru presents National Dog Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Sunday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Dog Day gives us cause to celebrate all breeds of dogs and recognize the number of dogs in need of permanent homes. Representatives from The Bella Foundation will be in attendance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. hosting an adoption event in the Zoo’s entry plaza. Be sure and stop by because you might find a new four-legged friend to add to your family! Additional event activities include: 

Free Subaru dog bandanas courtesy of Bob Moore Subaru for the first 1,000 guests that visit. 

Kids can participate in the Zoo’s free Eye Spy Safari for a chance to win a prize, courtesy of Bob Moore Subaru. Scratch-off cards are available at the Zoo’s Guest Services and ZOOfriends’ offices.

Special Keeper Connection at the Zoo’s African Painted Dog habitat (1:30 p.m.), where guests can learn more about our endangered dogs from the animal experts entrusted to care for them.  

Traveling with Fido? Subaru owners can leave their pups in the Zoo’s pet hotel for free on National Dog Day. Located in the Zoo’s entry plaza, the pet hotel is available daily during regular Zoo hours and is the ideal solution for guests traveling with pets since they are not permitted on grounds.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:  OKC ZOO AND RED CROSS PARTNER TO HOST BLOOD DRIVES                                           

The Oklahoma City Zoo and the American Red Cross serving Oklahoma are working together to help save lives while providing ongoing opportunities for blood donors to give. For the remainder of the year, the Red Cross will host monthly blood drives at the OKC Zoo allowing Oklahomans the opportunity to come and donate blood and receive two vouchers good for admission to the OKC Zoo! Each voucher is good for one free admission ticket (adult, child or senior) to the Zoo. All blood drives will be held in the Zoo’s education center located at the east end of the parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the first one scheduled for Saturday, September 1. On September 1, everyone who comes to donate will receive an aluminum water bottle from the Red Cross and free Sports Clips Haircut coupon in addition to a Zoo admission voucher! Participation is free and appointments are not required. Blood drive dates for 2018:

Saturday, September 1
Saturday, September 29
Saturday, October 27
Saturday, November 24
Saturday, December 22

To learn more about donating blood and the requirements to give, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

SEPTEMBER 1:  ZOOFUND FOR KIDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS), a nonprofit organization supporting the OKC Zoo’s mission, provides scholarships to offset the cost of zoo education programs. These are available to pre-school through high school students, as well as youth and adult organizations meeting certain criteria. The deadline for 2018-2019 applications is Saturday, September 1, 2018. Learn more about ZOOfriends’  ZOOfund for Kids program and submit an online application.

SEPTEMBER 12:  OKC ZOO BRINGS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S PHOTO ARK BY PHOTOGRAPHER JOEL SARTORE TO ZOOZEUM

World-renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore considers himself to be an animal ambassador, a voice for the voiceless – and he is. As the driving force behind National Geographic’s Photo Ark, Joel is on a quest to visually document our world’s animals before it’s too late. Since 2006, he has photographed more than 6,500 species as he traveled to zoos, aquariums, wildlife centers and private facilities to reveal the world’s most fragile biodiversity and speak about the significance of saving all wildlife. His breathtaking portraits inspire people to care about and help save these species while there’s still time.

Beginning September 12, Oklahoma City Zoo guests can view Joel’s photographs in person when they visit the ZooZeum, the Zoo’s historical museum located by the elephant habitat. The Zoo will be showcasing nearly 40 photos from the Photo Ark project through mid-December. Zoo admission is required to visit the ZooZeum.

SEPTEMBER 13:  RED COYOTE’S PACK PINT RUN AT THE OKC ZOO

Red Coyote's popular Pack Pint Run is making tracks for the Oklahoma City Zoo. Join the pack on Thursday, September 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. for this unique run/walk event through the OKC Zoo’s beautiful grounds. There will be some wild scenery, and of course the event is free along with refreshments from COOP Ale Works served afterwards. Participants must be 21 to enjoy refreshments so do not forget your ID! Strollers are allowed at the event but no dogs, please. To learn more, click here.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21:  WORLD RHINO DAY

SEPTEMBER 15-16:  THE CONTAINER STORE GRAND OPENING WEEKEND SUPPORTS ZOOFREINDS, OKC ZOO!

The Oklahoma Zoological Society/ZOOfriends and the Oklahoma City Zoo have some exciting news! We're proud to announce that Oklahoma City's The Container Store, opening September 15, will be donating 10% of its Grand Opening Weekend sales to OKC ZOOfriends in support of the OKC Zoo! Come and shop Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 during regular store hours and support ZOOfriends and the OKC Zoo, and the animals too! The Container Store is located at N. Penn Ave. at Penn Square.PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Come and make a ruckus for rhinos during World Rhino Day presented by Bob Moore Subaru on Friday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Conservation information stations will be set up on grounds, where guests can learn how you can help save rhinos and their habitat. They may have thick skin, but it will take more than just their armor to protect them. Participation is free with Zoo admission. To learn more, visit www.okczoo.org.   

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24:  WORLD GORILLA DAY PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Bob Moore Subaru proudly presents World Gorilla Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Monday, September 24. Created by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI), World Gorilla Day provides the perfect platform for people to come together in celebrating gorillas, and more importantly, save these great apes. The OKC Zoo provides financial support to DFGFI. This money has been used to support operation of the Karisoke Research Center, which is the base for DFGFI’s field activities. Take action for gorillas, and visit the Zoo on World Gorilla Day. Learn what you can do to help protect endangered gorillas in the wild and their habitat from our conservation and animal experts. Activities are free with Zoo admission. To learn more, visit www.okczoo.org.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28:  ZOOBREW

Drink beer, save animals! Visit the OKC Zoo on Friday, September 28, 2018, from 7 to 10 p.m., for ZOOfriends’ annual fundraiser, ZOObrew. ZOObrew, now in its tenth year, is the Zoo's most anticipated fundraiser that combines food and beverages with music and fun for a wild cause – the OKC Zoo! During the event, patrons will enjoy unlimited beer tasting from more than 25 brewers, live music provided by Mike Hosty and fare from popular food trucks available for purchase. ZOObrew tickets are limited, so purchase your tickets now! Tickets are $40 for ZOOfriends members and $50 for nonmembers. Designated driver tickets are $20. Attendees must be 21 or older with a valid ID. No children are allowed. Tickets can be purchased at the ZOOfriends membership office, at zoofriends.org, or by phone at (405) 425-0618.

ONGOING:  OKC ZOO’S NATURE EXPLORERS PRESCHOOL

Using the Oklahoma City Zoo’s natural setting, Nature Explorers Preschool focuses on developing the “whole child” – through cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and creative development. Curriculum increases direct contact time with the outdoors through discoveries about the Zoo’s plants and animals. Children ages 3, 4 and 5 will have daily explorations on zoo grounds, interactions with animal ambassadors in the classroom and participate in special events.

Enrollment Options:

Option 1- Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 1pm

Option 2- Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 1pm

Option 3- Add Friday to either option 1 or 2

Program Fees:

A $50 non-refundable enrollment fee is required to reserve your child's spot.

$195/month for two-day preschool

$245/month for three-day preschool

The next preschool session beings Tuesday, September 4, 2018. To learn more or to enroll your preschooler, call (405) 425-0257.

ONGOING:  OKC ZOO’S FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The Zoo's family-based education programs connect the entire family to nature while exploring and learning together! Pre-registration is required seven days in advance of program date. Visit www.okczoo.org/family-programs or call (405) 425-0218. Mark these upcoming programs on your calendar!

Cub Club Toddler Programs (Held monthly on the second and third Thursdays from 10-11 a.m.)

Bring your little cub as we learn about Zoo animals through lessons, crafts, discovery stations, and/or guided zoo tours. Each program date features a different theme. Ages 2-5 years. Cost per child/adult pair: $12 (member), $15 (nonmember).

Date and program themes for August and September:

Thursday, August 9 and Thursday, August 16 – Beautiful Butterflies

Thursday, September 13 and Thursday, September 20 – Awesome Alligators

OKC Zoo Family Overnight (Friday, September 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning)

Komodo dragons, red pandas, and rhinos galore...our new Sanctuary Asia exhibit has a lot to explore! Join us for a journey across the Zoo in search of Asian animals. This overnight program features an educational program, themed craft, and night hike. Evening snack, light breakfast and Zoo admission the following day included. Ages: 4 and up. Parent must accompany children. Cost is $35/child and $20/adult.

ONGOING:  EYE SPY SAFARI FOR KIDS PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Hey kids, set out on a safari to learn more about the OKC Zoo’s extraordinary animals. The Eye Spy Safari for Kids is a free, interactive activity for children ages 3-11. Each child who completes their safari scratch-off card will receive a prize. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Eye Spy Safari cards are available at the Zoo’s Guest Services and ZOOfriends’ offices throughout the summer. Prizes are available at the Safari Shop located in the Global Plaza. Participation is free with Zoo admission and kids get a prize when they complete their card.

ONGOING: DAILY KEEPER CONNECTIONS

With the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Daily Keeper Connections, get to know our animal family and the people dedicated to caring for them. This free program will allow you to meet our caretakers and learn more about your favorite animals. The Zoo’s caretakers are everyday conservationists, dedicated to protecting and preserving our planet’s wildlife and wild places. They have a wealth of information to share about the Zoo’s amazing animals. Keeper Connection signs are posted throughout the Zoo. Schedules are available on the zoo map and online at www.okczoo.org. Zoo admission required.

See all that the OKC Zoo has to offer in October…

OKC Zoo’s Annual Pumpkin Drive (Oct. 1-7, regular zoo hours) NEW THIS YEAR, purchase your pumpkins at the Zoo and support conservation too. Pumpkins will be available for purchase Oct 1-31.

OKC Zoo’s Monarch Madness 5K/Fun Run (Saturday, Oct. 6 / 8 a.m.)

OKC Zoo’s Monarch Festival and Plant Sale (Saturday, Oct. 6 / 9 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Pistol Pete’s 96th Birthday celebration at the OKC Zoo (2 p.m. in the Entry Plaza)

Pumpkin Chomp and Stomp (Friday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

35th Annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 20–Sunday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 27–Sunday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day)

 

Go wild at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden! Book a group event or birthday party at the Zoo for a unique, hassle-free good time. For additional information or to book an event, call (405) 425-0684 or email jherrera@okczoo.org. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay up-to-date with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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