Rides and Attractions

Explore The Wild

Wild Encounters

The Zoo’s NEW behind-the-scenes experiences, are wilder than ever--every day of the week! Wild Encounters enable you to get up close and personal with grizzly bears, sea lions, elephants and Galapagos tortoises. All ages welcome. Groups up to 10 people. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are based on per person basis for each encounter schedule below:

·         Sea lions: 11 a.m., departs from the sidewalk ramp across from Canopy Restaurant; $35/member, $40/nonmember

·         Grizzly bears: 9:45 a.m., departs from the swift fox habitat; $35/member, $40/nonmember

·         Flamingos: 10:30 a.m., departs from the Herpetarium sign with the Snake; $15/member, $20/nonmember

·         Elephants: 2:45 p.m., departs from the elephant habitat entrance; $45/member, $50/nonmember

·         Rhinos: 3:30 p.m., departs from the Pygmy Hippo exhibit $35/member, $40/nonmember

Wild Encounters can be purchased at Guest Services or online when purchasing your Zoo-It-All or general admission ticket. Simply select "View Add Ons" before you checkout to see all of the Wild Encounter options. For further information you can speak with one of our Guest Service Representatives by dialing 405-424-3344.

Ultimate VIP Zoo Experience!

Your entire day at the Zoo will be a private, exclusive adventure. Imagine a personal tour guide; private safari cart with drinks; all rides, attractions and animal feedings; and all Six Wild Encounters! Now, turn that dream into an experience of a lifetime. Offered daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with a 45 minute lunch break). Costs: $400 (2 people), $600 (4 people) or $800 (7 people). To book this unique experience, please call 405-424-3344. 

Rides and Attractions

Adventurers of all ages can discover a variety of exciting activities throughout the Zoo's grounds. Additional fees for rides and attractions may apply.

All rides and attractions operate weather permitting

Centennial Choo Choo

All aboard! 1863 replica.
Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
Cost: $3 per person per ride; free for ages 2 and under
NOTE: Please note that the Choo Choo train does not operate on wet or icy tracks.


Children's Zoo Barnyard

Children and families will enjoy this outdoor, tactile experience and each animal is a rare species. The collection includes:

  • Miniature donkeys: Jasmine and Pinkee

  • 7 Nigerian dwarf goats: Duncan, Bixby, Hugo, Oologah, Bowlegs, Chandler, and Dewey

  • Tunis sheep: Tallulah

  • Rare chickens

Open daily weather permitting (above 50 degrees) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free


Children's Zoo Water Stream

Open daily weather permitting.
Cost: Free


Elephant Express

Embark and disembark at four different locations in the Zoo.
Daily rides offered starting at 10 a.m. Open weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
All day bracelets are $6 per person. Children 2 and under are free with paying adult



Elephant Presentations

Come meet our Asian elephants: Bamboo, Asha, Chandra and Asha’s calf, Achara, at the Elephant Pavilion.
Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free


Endangered Species Carousel

A handcrafted, one-of-a-kind carousel made from basswood and displays 42 exotic animals.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weather permitting (above 50 degrees).
Cost: $3 per person, per ride


Explorikeet Adventure

See flying rainbows (aka lorikeets)!
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Weather Permitting (above 50 degrees).
Cost: Free to enter; $3 for nectar


Giraffe Feeding Platform

Giraffe slobber is the best! Discover for yourself when you feed our gentle giants.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
Cost: $5 per person



Horticulture Happenings

The entire Zoo is an accredited living museum and botanical garden with more than 30,000 specimens of flowering bulbs, unusual and hard-to-find plants, and more than 100 Oklahoma native species--29 of which are listed as imperiled or rare. The Zoo also is home to the largest, walk-through outdoor Butterfly Garden in Oklahoma and many designated horticultural displays and collections. Identification plaques and labels distinguish significant plants throughout Zoo grounds.


Keeper Connections

Are you a fan of flamingos? Painted dogs or Red River hogs? Daily Keeper Connections help you connect with your favorite animals and the keepers who care for them. The Zoo’s animal keepers are everyday conservationists, dedicated to protecting and preserving our planet’s wildlife and wild places. They have a wealth of information to share as they show off the Zoo’s amazing animals.

Keeper Connection signs are posted throughout the Zoo. Schedules can be found on our Calendar of Events or in Guest Relations.
All connections are free with Zoo admission.


Sea Lion Presentations

Get ready for a splash of fun. Sea lion presentations return to the Noble Aquatic Center with California sea lions Addie, Pearl and Piper.
Daily at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (closes November 13 and re-opens January 2).
Cost is $4 per person. Children two and under are free.


Stingray Bay

Catch the wave for a “touching” experience at Stingray Bay. These majestic stingrays fly through a 16,000 gallon saltwater pool. 34 cownose stingrays, 3 southern rays and six white-spotted bamboo sharks.
Cost is $3 per person with paid Zoo admission. Children two and under are free. Open weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
Stingray feedings are an additional $3 fee at 12 p.m.
ZOOfriends’ memberships do not apply.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Wallaby Walkabout

Crikey! It’s the Wallabies! Related to kangaroos, these little guys are sure to bring big fun to the Children's Zoo where they reside.
Guests of all ages can explore the wallabies' walk-through habitat Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
Free with Zoo admission. 



The only museum of its kind in the country, the new Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum, a historic 1935 Works Projects Administration building.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free with paid Zoo admission


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