At the OKC Zoo, Go Wild!

Media Contacts

Candice Rennels | (405) 425-0298 | crennels@okczoo.org
Chase Harvick | (405) 425-0608 | charvick@okczoo.org


OKC Zoo News Releases

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

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. The Red Cross will host two blood drives on Saturday, November 24 and Saturday, December 22 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. To learn more about donating blood and the requirements to give, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

NOVEMBER 3 & 4: LAST WEEKEND FOR CAMEL EXCURSIONS AT THE ZOO
Last call for camel rides! Guests visiting the OKC Zoo through Sunday, November 4, can enjoy a camel ride with Mongo or Captain Al, the dromedary camels located in the pachyderm habitat. The $6 tickets are available on-site at the camel habitat. Rides will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather-permitting) and children under 6 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Other rules are posted at the habitat. Camel rides are not included in the Zoo-It-All or Ride-It-All packages.

NOW–DECEMBER 31: SAVE $10 WHEN YOU JOIN ZOOFRIENDS OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP 
Give the gift of unlimited admission to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden with an annual ZOOfriends membership! Purchase or renew a ZOOfriends membership during the months of November and December and save $10. Memberships provide unlimited admission to the OKC Zoo for an entire year as well as many other benefits. Plus, your purchase supports the Zoo, its animals and conservation efforts. To learn more or to purchase a membership online, visit zoofriends.org

NOW–NOVEMBER 30: GIVE FOR GORILLAS CELLPHONE CHALLENGE RETURNS
Answer the call of the wild(life)! Join the Oklahoma City Zoo's Give for Gorillas Cellphone Challenge and donate your used cellphones and old electronics and support gorilla conservation efforts. Participants help reduce the direct effects that cell phones have on wildlife and wild places. Small electronics frequently contain coltan, the mining of which threatens gorillas and many other endangered species’ habitats. All proceeds from the Eco-Cell Phone Recycling Program directly benefits the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, one of the OKC Zoo’s global conservation partners. Items accepted include smartphones, cell phones, handheld gaming systems, tablets, iPods and iPads plus any chargers or accessories that come with these devices. Items not accepted include laptops, portable CD players and digital cameras. Participants will be entered to win wild prizes from the Zoo including a ZOOfriends family membership or animal art when they make a donation. Entry forms are located in the Guest Services office where devices may be dropped off during regular business hours. Visit www.okczoo.org/take-action for more information.

BOY SCOUT AND GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMS
The OKC Zoo invites young explorers and nature enthusiasts to learn about the wild world around them. The Zoo’s education team is offering a number of Boy and Girl Scout programs for all ages this November and December. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For more information, call (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczoo.org.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4: SEASONAL HOURS BEGIN FOR OKC ZOO RIDES, ATTRACTIONS
All your wild winter adventures await at the Oklahoma City Zoo. With the seasonal change, the OKC Zoo has implemented new hours for its rides and attractions. Check out the Zoo’s updated schedule, which includes the  keeper connections, giraffe feedings and more, at okczoo.org.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11:  VETERANS DAY – FREE ADMISSION FOR ACTIVE & RETIRED VETERANS
In recognition of Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, the Oklahoma City Zoo is proud to offer free admission to all active duty, active reserves and retirees. Military ID or proof of service is required.  Regular zoo hours apply.

NOVEMBER 8 & 15: TODDLER EDUCATION PROGRAM: POKEY PORCUPINES
The Zoo’s education team hosts monthly toddler programs that are entertaining, engaging and educational fun for you and your little ones! Toddlers delight in learning about animals through crafts, activities, discovery stations and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. November’s program, Pokey Porcupines, is Thursday, Nov. 8 and Thursday, Nov. 15, from 10 – 11 a.m. at the OKC Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center. For more information, call (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczoo.org.

NOVEMBER 16: BOY SCOUT OVERNIGHT – “ZOO DONE IT?!”
We need your help! One of our animal ambassadors ransacked one of our classrooms looking for their favorite snacks. Join the Oklahoma City Zoo and use your investigative skills to learn about animals, meet the suspects, and collect evidence to figure out which ambassador caused all the mischief. Boy Scouts can solve the case starting Friday, November 16 at 7pm. Cost: $35/Scout, $20/Adult. Evening snack and light breakfast will be provided, and zoo admission included. Learn more and register at okczoo.org/boy-scouts and okczoo.org/girl-scouts.

NOVEMBER 19-21:  OKC ZOO’S SCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMPS
The holiday season is upon us and that means school is out and Zoo camp is in! The Oklahoma City Zoo’s School’s Out Day Camps offer unique experiences to interest children ages 4–11 to focus on connecting with and caring for wildlife. The OKC Zoo will be hosting day camps for the fall and winter school breaks including Monday, Nov. 19 through Wednesday, Nov. 21. Snacks are provided, but campers must bring their lunch. Advanced registration and payment required. All campers are required to bring a copy of their immunizations. Camps run 8:30 – 5:15 p.m. Drop-off is at the OKC Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Cost per child, per day is $40 for members and $45 for non-members. For more information, call at (405) 425-0218 or visit okczoo.org.

THANKSGIVING DAY, NOVEMBER 22: OKC ZOO CLOSED

NOVEMBER 26: CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL FOR ZOOFRIENDS MEMBERSHIP TO THE OKC ZOO
Save the date! On Cyber Monday, ZOOfriends has a special savings just for you on your purchases or renewals of memberships to the OKC Zoo. For this one day only, Monday, Nov. 26, those purchasing or renewing receive an extra month of membership FREE. This discount only applies to memberships purchased online at zoofriends.org.

DECEMBER 7:  SANTA DELIVERS
December is a very busy month for Santa Claus, but the big guy will be delivering enrichment presents to his wildlife friends at the OKC Zoo. Some of the Zoo’s animals will receive animal approved presents plus, tasty treats including popcorn balls and animal-friendly holiday cookies on Friday, Dec. 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. After Santa makes his deliveries, he will be available in the Lotus Pavilion for photos so bring your cameras and your smiles! 

DECEMBER 13 & 20: TODDLER EDUCATION PROGRAM: SNEAKY SNAKES
The Zoo’s education team hosts monthly toddler programs that are entertaining, engaging and educational fun for you and your little ones! Toddlers delight in learning about animals through crafts, activities, discovery stations and more. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. December’s program, Sneaky Snakes, is Thursday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 20, from 10 – 11 a.m. at the OKC Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center. For more information, call (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczoo.org.

DECEMBER 15: GIRL SCOUT OVERNIGHT – “ZOO DONE IT?!”
We need your help! One of our animal ambassadors ransacked one of our classrooms looking for their favorite snacks. Join the Oklahoma City Zoo and use your investigative skills to learn about animals, meet the suspects, and collect evidence to figure out which ambassador caused all the mischief. Girl Scouts can solve the case starting Saturday, December 15 at 7pm. This overnight adventure will help satisfy requirements for “Detective” Badge for Juniors and “Special Agent” Badge for Cadettes, but all levels are welcome. Cost: $35/Scout, $20/Adult. Evening snack and light breakfast will be provided, and zoo admission included. Learn more and register at okczoo.org/girl-scouts.

DECEMBER 20 – 21 & 27 – 28: OKC ZOO’S SCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMPS
The holiday season is upon us and that means school is out and Zoo camp is in! The Oklahoma City Zoo’s School’s Out Day Camps offer unique experiences for children ages 4–11 to focus on connecting with and caring for wildlife. The OKC Zoo will be hosting day camps for the winter school breaks on Thursday, Dec. 20; Friday, Dec. 21; Thursday, Dec. 27; and Friday, Dec. 28. Snacks are provided, but campers must bring their lunch. Advanced registration and payment required. All campers are required to bring a copy of their immunizations. Camps run 8:30–5:15 p.m. Drop-off is at the OKC Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Cost per child, per day is $40 for members and $45 for non-members. For more information, call (405) 425-0218 or visit okczoo.org.

CHRISTMAS DAY, DECEMBER 25: OKC ZOO CLOSED

NOW – DECEMBER 31: SYMBOLICALLY ADOPT AN ANIMAL FROM SANCTUARY ASIA FOR CHRISTMAS
Share your love of wildlife with everyone on your list with a gift of an animal adoption. This year, guests can choose between four iconic species from the Zoo’s newly opened Sanctuary Asia habitat: Indian rhino, Asian elephant, red panda or Komodo dragon. 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.

There are now three different levels of animal adoptions:

$40 Classic Edition – Certificate of Adoption and name recognition on www.ZOOfriends.org
$60 Limited Edition – Plush animal, certificate of adoption, fact sheet, animal photo and name recognition on www.ZOOfriends.org    
$100 Deluxe Edition – Plush animal, certificate of adoption, fact sheet, animal photo, ZOOfriends cinch bag, and two General Admission tickets to the OKC Zoo, and name recognition on www.ZOOfriends.org

To adopt your animal, 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.

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.

Go wild at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden! 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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