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Go wild! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden offers exciting events, programs and promotions throughout the year. Event dates and times subject to change. For updated information about these and other Zoo happenings, visit www.okczoo.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ZOOfriends Capture the Wild photo contest - Visit www.zoofriends.org to learn more.
9: Sales Tax Appreciation Day (Tuesday, July 9, 9 AM-5 PM): Held annually on the second Tuesday of July, in recognition of Oklahoma City citizens passing a 1/8 of a cent dedicated sales tax to the Zoo in 1990, admission to the Zoo is free for guests of all ages.
14: World Chimp Day (Sunday, July 14): The Oklahoma City Zoo is proud to celebrate our closest cousin in the animal kingdom on World Chimp Day, Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Oklahoma City Zoo is proud to celebrate our closest cousin in the animal kingdom on World Chimpanzee Day, Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. World Chimp Day is a worldwide celebration to generate support, raise awareness and attention for chimpanzees which are listed as endangered in the wild. The OKC Zoo is home to seven chimps, each with their own individual personalities and attitudes. World Chimp Day activities are free with regular Zoo admission and include an information station with bio-facts, activities for kids, photo booth and a special chimp enrichment activity around 1:30 p.m. For more information, call (405) 425-0262.
27: Bowling for Rhinos Fundraiser at Heritage Lanes, OKC: Don’t strike out on your chance to be a champion for conservation. Save the date for the Oklahoma City Zoo’s annual conservation fundraiser, Bowling for Rhinos, on Saturday, July 27, and help save wild rhinoceros populations. The OKC Zoo's chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers is proud to host the 24th annual Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) event on July 27, from 6-9 p.m. at Oklahoma City’s Heritage Lanes (NW 122nd and N. Pennsylvania). Registration begins at 5 p.m. BFR is a community tradition and family-friendly fundraiser supporting rhino and habitat conservation. Total proceeds from the event benefit rhino conservation in Asia and Africa. Individual tickets include shoe rental, three games of bowling, food, a T-shirt and exciting door prize opportunities. Teams are also welcome to participate. Spectator tickets will include a T-shirt and door prize opportunities only. The Zoo will share sign-up instructions and event details on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and okczoo.org.
8: International Cat Day (Thursday, August 8): Celebrate the world’s feline species at the OKC Zoo on Thursday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. International Cat Day events, sponsored locally by Bob Moore Subaru, will generate support, raise awareness and bring attention to vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered cat species. International Cat Day activities are free with regular Zoo admission. For more information, call (405) 425-0262.
12: World Elephant Day (Monday, August 12): Visit the Oklahoma City Zoo on Monday, 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. World Elephant Day activities are free with regular Zoo admission. For more information, call (405) 425-0262.
14: OKC Zoo’s Monarch Madness 5K/Fun Run (Saturday, September 14, 8 AM): Run, so they can fly! The Zoo’s Monarch Madness 5K and one-mile Fun Run, is a wild fundraising run benefiting local monarch butterfly conservation. The officially timed course simulates the 4,000k migration monarchs make from Canada to Mexico for the winter with themed water stops along the trail. Visit www.okczoo.org to learn more.
14: OKC Zoo’s Monarch Festival (Saturday, September 14, 9 AM-NOON): Celebrate the beauty and wonder of monarchs with the Zoo. Together, we can save monarchs from their plight in the wild. Fun activities, information stations, garden tours, art vendors and more! This event is free with Zoo admission.
21: World Cassowary/Red Panda Day (Saturday, September 21): Additional details to come.
27: ZOOfriends’ ZOObrew (Friday, September 27, 7-10PM): Drink beer, save animals! ZOOfriends’ annual fundraiser, ZOObrew, is the Zoo's most anticipated fundraiser that combines food and beverages with music and fun for a wild cause–the OKC Zoo! Patrons will enjoy tasting over 200 beers, great food and live music. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets on sale August 14. To learn more, visit zoofriends.org.
1: Annual Pumpkin Drive (Tuesday, October 1-Sunday, October 6, regular zoo hours): Bring a pumpkin larger than your head and receive free Zoo admission that day.
18: World Okapi Day (Friday, October 18): Conservationists of all ages will enjoy learning more about okapi and efforts being made locally and globally to protect them. Additional details to come.
18: Pumpkin Chomp and Stomp Enrichment Event (Friday, October 18, 10 AM-2 PM): Watch as the Zoo’s animals enjoy enriching and edible pumpkin treats prepared for them by their caretakers. Chomp and Stomp schedules available at Guest Services. This event is free with Zoo admission.
36th Annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween (Saturday, October 19–Sunday, October 20 and Saturday, October 26–Sunday, October 27, 9 AM-4 PM): Haunt the Zoo for Halloween, Oklahoma’s favorite Halloween event is bigger and better than ever with festive activities and trick-or-treating throughout the Zoo during the day. Mark the calendar for the last two weekends of October and get ready for a Halloween adventure like no other! Additional fees apply.
25: Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up (Friday, October 25, 7PM-midnight): The OKC Zoo invites you to the state’s wildest seasonal party for adults–Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up! Adults 21-and-up will enjoy an evening of ghoulish fun with games (plus, prizes), a DJ, dancing, goodie bags and more. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Net proceeds from the event will fund the OKC Zoo’s ongoing education and conservation programs.
2: National Bison Day (Saturday, November 2): Additional details to come.
1-30: Cell Phone Challenge: Answer the call to save gorillas. The Zoo is looking to the community-at-large to help save gorillas by donating old used cell phones to the Give for Gorillas Cell Phone Challenge. Learn more at okczoo.org.
11: Veteran’s Day (Monday, November 11, 9 AM-5 PM): For all you do, the Zoo salutes you! The Zoo is proud to offer free admission to all active duty, active reserves and retirees on Veteran’s Day. Military ID or proof of service is required.
22: Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28): The Zoo is closed.
13: Santa Delivers (Friday, December 13, 10:30 AM-noon): Santa will visit the OKC Zoo and deliver “wild” gifts to some of the animals. Guests are welcome to take pictures with Santa and enjoy free hot chocolate (while supplies last). This event is free with Zoo admission.
25: Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25): The Zoo is closed.
1: New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1): The Zoo is open.
About the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Oklahoma City Zoo, located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, is a proud Adventure Road partner and a member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults, and $8 for children 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Are you a Zoo fan? Find us at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To learn more about, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.