FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO
January 30, 2019
FEBRUARY: OKC ZOO OFFERS GIFT IDEAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
This Valentine’s Day, think outside of the chocolate box with these wild gift ideas from the Oklahoma City Zoo!
ZOOfriends’ memberships provide endless fun and Zoo adventures for all. ZOOfriends members receive free admission to the OKC Zoo for an entire year, plus additional perks and discounts. Membership levels start at $35 and ZOOfriends has packages to fit every budget. 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. Purchase online at zoofriends.org or contact the ZOOfriends office at (405) 425-0618 for information.
Animal adoptions are unique, meaningful gifts that give back in a wild way! Proceeds from these symbolic adoptions be purchased in the ZOOfriends’ membership office, by calling (405) 425-0618 or online at zoofriends.org.
ZOO ANIMAL PAINTINGS
Impress your sweetheart with original animal art from the Oklahoma City Zoo. As part of the OKC Zoo’s enrichment program, many animals paint during enrichment sessions with assistance from their caregivers. Marvel at masterpieces created by elephants, sea lions, tigers, snakes, giraffes and even Puddles, the Zoo’s fishing cat! Find the picture perfect painting for your valentine by visiting the Zoo’s Guest Services office located in the entry plaza, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from all paintings support the Zoo’s conservation projects. For more information, call (405) 425-0262.
SAFARI GIFT SHOP
The Oklahoma City Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop offers a vast selection of items including children’s books and toys, apparel, green or recycled gifts and home décor. Many items available for purchase support local and global conservation, so you can feel good about the gifts your giving. Shop your heart out 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2 AND SATURDAY, FEB. 9: OKC ZOO HIRING EVENTS
Looking for new career opporZOOnities? The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is now hiring part-time Brand Ambassadors for spring/summer 2019! Attend the OKC Zoo’s upcoming hiring events on Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center located at the east of the main parking lot. Attendees may park by and enter through the education center. Zoo admission is not required.
OKC Zoo Brand Ambassadors perform a variety of skilled tasks throughout the OKC Zoo, including ticket sales, entry/exit greeters, ride supervisors for the Endangered Species Carousel, Elephant Express Tram and Centennial Choo Choo train, as well as supervise a number of guest encounters with our wildlife. Brand Ambassadors use a diverse skill set across a range of Zoo functions to help ensure guests enjoy their visit. Brand Ambassadors must be quick-thinking, organized, courteous, knowledgeable, able to follow clear directions, outgoing and friendly. The ability to speak with guests, answer visitor questions and provide solutions to problems is essential. To learn more or apply online, visit okczoo.org.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2: OKC ZOO HOSTS GROUNDHOG DAY EVENT
At the Oklahoma City Zoo, Groundhog Day belongs to the grizzlies. Join us Saturday, February 2 as grizzly bear brothers Will and Wiley try their paw at predicting if spring is forthcoming. Because the Zoo does not have groundhogs in its collection, our bears have become our official Groundhog Day ambassadors. Activities are scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. at the Big Rivers building in the Zoo's Oklahoma Trails and are free with admission. Guests will enjoy doughnuts, hot chocolate and coffee while supplies last as they cheer on our weather watching grizzlies. For more information, call Guest Services at (405) 425-0262.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9: VALENTINE’S DAY ENRICHMENT EVENT
What do you give an elephant for Valentine’s Day? Find out on Saturday, February 9 as the Oklahoma City Zoo hosts a special valentine themed enrichment activity for select Zoo animals. Watch as your favorite animals receive special enrichment treats and toys created by their caretakers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We love our animal family and take pride in enriching their lives each and every day. These animal-approved valentines encourage natural behaviors and provide new stimuli for our animals to enjoy. The enrichment schedule is as follows:
10-10:30 a.m.: New gal goat group and Koi fish (Children’s Zoo)
10:45-11:15 a.m.: Galapagos tortoise (Inside Island Life)
11:30 a.m. – noon: Western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees (Great EscApe)
12:15-12:45 p.m.: California sea lions (Sea lion habitat) and Stingrays (Stingray Bay)
1-1:30 p.m.: Asian elephants and Indian rhino (Sanctuary Asia)
1:45-2:15 p.m.: African painted dogs (by the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital)
This event is free with Zoo admission. For more information, call Guest Services at (405) 425-0262.
SATURDAY, FEB. 16: OKC ZOO HOSTS GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
Conservation starts with you! The OKC Zoo invites guests to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a global citizen science project that encourages nature enthusiasts to count native birds and help create a real-time look at wild populations. Getting involved is easy to do and activities are ideal for families and individuals–all ages welcome. Join us on Saturday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to assist with counting, identifying the native birds that make their home around the Zoo. Kids will enjoy an on-grounds bird scavenger safari with a prize. Visit our information tent in the entry plaza to learn more about the day’s activities including bird watching tours. All activities are free with Zoo admission. For more information, visit okczoo.org or call (405) 425-0262.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20–MONDAY, MAR. 25: OKC ZOO & DR PEPPER HOST ANNUAL VENDING MACHINE ART CONTEST
The popularity of the Oklahoma City Zoo’s annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest continues to draw attention, encouraging Oklahoma’s talented students, K-12, to be creative for wildlife and habitat conservation. Contest participants are eligible to win wild prizes and the chance to have their original art designed on a Dr Pepper vending machine at the Zoo. This year’s contest theme, A Future for Pollinators, hopes to inspire students to illustrate their ideas for protecting our planet’s pollinators (bats, monarch butterflies, bees, birds, etc.) and their habitats. Additional information about the contest theme, guidelines and entry forms will be available at okczoo.org/drpeppercontest. All submissions must be postmarked by March 25, 2019. Participation is free. For more information, contact Candice Rennels at (405) 425-0298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23: OKC ZOO’S TOTALLY TERRARIUMS WORKSHOP
Grow your gardening skills with the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Totally Terrariums Workshop on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Zoo’s Treehouse, and build your very own garden under glass! At the event, for ages 13 and up, learn how to create a vintage apothecary jar terrarium with the expert help of the OKC Zoo's horticulture team. Terrariums are a living work of art that require low-maintenance care, and this workshop includes all supplies needed to plant like a pro. Get ready for an exciting look into the fun art of crafting terrariums. This is the perfect indoor project for those looking to exercise their green thumb. To learn more about the workshop and to register, click here.
FEBRUARY: OKC ZOO’S EDUCATION PROGRAMS
For additional information about these and other programs, call Education at (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczoo.org.
GIRL SCOUT AND BOY SCOUT PROGRAMS
The OKC Zoo offers monthly opportunities for Boy Scout and Girl Scouts to learn about wildlife and wild places while achieving badges and meeting program requirements, electives. To learn more about what’s happening in February click here.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7 AND FRIDAY, FEB. 8: HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS
Enjoy experiences beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom with the OKC Zoo’s homeschool programs. Monthly classes focus on various animals and plants and includes animal encounters, zoo tours, and hands on activities. This month, it’s all about our feathered friends! Whether they fly in the sky, swim in water, or strut their stuff, birds are well equipped for their habitats. Put your birding skills to the test as we identify birds native to Oklahoma. Enroll today for Thursday, February 7 from 1-2:30 p.m. or Friday, February 8 from 1-2:30 p.m. or 3-4:30 p.m. Cost per student: $10 for ZOOfriends members, $12 for non-members. For additional information or to register, click here.
FRIDAY, FEB. 8: FAMILY OVERNIGHT PROGRAM, WE “HEART” ANIMALS
Fall in love with the Oklahoma City Zoo’s animal family in a totally new way when you spend the night at the Zoo! You will learn about the Zoo’s animals and the daily enrichment provided for them by our dedicated caretakers, and even get to create an enrichment treat or two for some of the animals. This program is Friday, February 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning. Overnight includes educational program, night hike, evening and morning snack, and zoo admission the following day. Ages: 4 and up (parent must accompany child). Cost: $35/child, $20/adult. For additional information about this program or to register, click here,
THURSDAY, FEB. 14 AND THURSDAY, FEB. 21: CUB CLUBS
Bring your little cub to experience the OKC Zoo’s Cub Club programs. These monthly classes are geared to introduce youngsters, 2-5 years of age, to the natural world around them. On February 14 and 18, join us for “Bouncing Bunnies” and get ready for some furry fun learning about bunnies through interactive lessons, crafts and a visit from a fluffy guest. Cub Clubs are held monthly on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. Price per child/adult pair: $12 for ZOOfriends members and $15 for non-members. To learn more, click here.
MONDAY, FEB. 18: SCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMP – BACKYARD BIRDS
The Oklahoma City Zoo’s School’s Out Day Camps provide an exciting and unique environment to interest children ages 4–11. Snacks are provided, but campers must bring their lunch. Advanced registration and payment required. Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Drop-off at the Zoo’s Education Center is from 8–8:30 a.m. Cost per child, per day is $40 for ZOOfriends members and $45 non-members. To register or learn more, click here.
Discover what you love about the Zoo! 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.