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Go wild this Earth Day and observe this global occurrence with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden! The OKC Zoo is hosting a weekend celebration, Saturday, April 21– Sunday, April 22 that will include its annual Party for the Planet™ event presented by Bob Moore Subaru. Activities will be geared towards families, individuals interested in protecting our planet and the amazing animals, wild places encompassing it.

The OKC Zoo is also proud to welcome world-renowned scientist and conservationist Dr. Greg Rasmussen to Oklahoma City in recognition of Earth Day. Dr. Rasmussen will talk about his life’s work studying and protecting African painted dogs, an endangered species with fewer than 7,000 left in the wild, during two free, public speaking engagements. Dr. Rasmussen is the founder of the Painted Dog Research Trust. Dr. Rasmussen is known to be an engaging speaker and passionate about painted dog conservation. He strives to mentor and inspire a new generation of conservationists.

The Zoo and Dr Pepper also will announce the winners of the 2018 Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest as part of the Party for the Planet™ festivities on Sunday, April 22.




OKC Zoo’s PAWS for a Cause Event at Fassler Hall

Where: Fassler Hall, 421 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

When:  2 – 6 p.m.

What:    Follow the pack to Fassler Hall for the OKC Zoo’s PAWS for a Cause event, help raise awareness for African painted dogs. On Saturday, April 21, Fassler Hall will donate 20% of all food and beverage sales from 2-6 p.m. in support of the Painted Dog Research Trust, one the OKC Zoo’s major conservation initiatives. Remember, Fassler Hall has a dog-friendly patio so make plans to bring the family, Fido!


Party for the Planet™, Earth Day Event presented by Bob Moore Subaru

Where: Oklahoma City Zoo

When:   11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

What:    The OKC Zoo is proud to partner with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and observe Party for the Planet™ –the largest Earth Day celebration in North America. Party for the Planet™ activities will guests of all ages become environmental and climate aware citizens, ready to take action and be voices for change. All activities are free with Zoo admission and include:

Earth Day Garden Tour:  The Zoo’s Horticulture team will host a free Earth Day Garden Tour featuring the Water Conservation Garden at 10 a.m. The tour will highlight the seven principles of water conservation gardening while showcasing drought tolerant plants for residential landscapes. Interested in attending? Meet outside the Guest Services office.

Dr. Greg Rasmussen Free Lecture:  Dr. Greg Rasmussen, director of the Painted Dog Research Trust in Zimbabwe, will discuss his on-the-ground conservation efforts and partnership with the OKC Zoo during a free lecture from 11 a.m. to noon in the Zoo’s education auditorium. Seating is limited.

Eye Spy Safari: Kids 11 and under will love this interactive scavenger safari on Zoo grounds and the opportunity to learn more about the Zoo’s extraordinary animals. Each child who completes their safari scratch-off card will receive a prize. Eye Spy Safari cards will be available at the event tent located pas the Zoo’s turnstiles.

Education Stations:  Discover what you can do to help protect wildlife, wild places. Tables will be set up by the Jungle Gym playground.

  • Sierra Club Oklahoma Chapter:  Make and take home your own starter garden for pollinators.
  • Okies for Monarchs:  Learn how you can help save these popular pollinators.
  • Minick Materials:  Get the dirt on composting from the experts!
  • Help us Save Acres by Sharing a Photo!  Stop by this table, take a selfie with our conservation sign then share it on social media using #SeeTheRainforestFor, an acre of rainforest will be saved.

Art Contest Winners:  The Zoo and Dr Pepper will also announce the winners of the annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest beginning at 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s education auditorium. Oklahoma students in grades K-12 were encouraged to submit a vending machine design using the contest theme, “Year of the Bird: Celebrate our World’s Winged Wonders.” The Zoo received 1,148 entries from students across the state.

Weekend Keeper Connections – While visiting the Zoo, be sure to check out the free Weekend Keeper Connections that occur Sunday on Zoo grounds, weather permitting. See the full schedule printed on zoo maps.  

The OKC Zoo challenges you to be an Earth Day champion – party with us April 21-22! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the 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 or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit


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