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:

Galapagos Tortoises: 1:15 p.m., departs from tortoise statue outside Island Life; $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 *Temporarily Unavailable

Rhinos: 11 a.m., departs from the Pygmy Hippo exhibit; $35/member, $40/nonmember         

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

Sea lions: 3:30 p.m., departs from the sidewalk ramp across from Canopy Restaurant; $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 in a private safari cart; all rides, attractions and animal feedings; and all Six Wild Encounters (weather permitting)! Now, turn that dream into an experience of a lifetime. Offered daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 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 this 1863 replica train!
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Cost: $3 per person per ride; children two and under ride free

 

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

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

  • Tunis sheep: Tallulah

  • Rare chickens

Open daily weather permitting (above 50 degrees) from 9 a.m. – 4:30 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 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Open weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
All day bracelets are $6 per person. Children two 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 endangered animals.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $3 per person, per ride

 

Explorikeet Adventure

See flying rainbows (aka lorikeets)!
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Weather Permitting (above 50 degrees).
Cost: Free to enter; $3 for nectar to feed the birds

 

Giraffe Feeding Platform

Giraffe slobber is the best! Discover for yourself when you feed our gentle giants.
Daily at 1 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 Daily Events Calendar or in Guest Relations.
All connections are free with Zoo admission.

 

Sea Lion Presentations

Get ready for a splash of fun. Sea lion presentations at the Noble Aquatic Center include California sea lions Addie, Pearl and Piper.
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
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). 
ZOOfriends’ memberships do not apply.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Wallaby Walkabout

Open daily 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
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.
Open weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
Free with Zoo admission. 

 

ZooZeum

The only museum of its kind in the country, the Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum, a historic 1935 Works Projects Administration building.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free with paid Zoo admission

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