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MAY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

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ROCK OUT AND SUPPORT ENDANGERED SPECIES AT OKC ZOO’S WILD NOISE: CONCERTS FOR CONSERVATION, PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Tickets are now available for OKC Zoo’s new 21-and-up event series, Wild Noise: Concerts for Conservation, presented by Bob Moore Subaru, featuring some of Oklahoma’s most talented songwriters. Join the breezy summer fun every Friday evening in May at the Zoo's newly remodeled picnic grounds overlooking the lake from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Kicking off the series, Norman-based band Kyle Reid and the Low Swinging Chariots perform original swing tunes that draw from New Orleans, Gypsy Jazz, and Western Swing traditions.

John Moreland’s lead guitarist and sought-after solo artist John Calvin Abney brings his fresh, guitar-based sound to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

After spending several years in Brooklyn fronting the Americana rock band Cheyenne, singer and songwriter Beau Jennings returned to Oklahoma and teamed up with the Tigers, a Norman-based group of established musicians, to form a rock band. Beau Jennings & The Tigers are right at home at the OKC Zoo.

Wrapping up Wild Noise, Samantha Crain is a folk singer-songwriter from Shawnee. Her unique interpretation of folk and Americana music has led her on international tours and landed her a spot on Ramseur Records label.

MAY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The Zoo's family-based education programs offer a wonderful way for the whole family to have summer fun while exploring and learning together! Pre-registration is required seven days in advance of program date. Visit www.okczoo.org/family-programs or call (405) 425-0218.

  • THURS., MAY 10 AND THURS., MAY 17: CUB CLUB TODDLER PROGRAM: PERKY PEACOCKS

Bring your little cub to the Education Center and learn about Zoo animals through lessons, crafts, discovery stations, and/or guided Zoo tours. Ages 2-5 years welcome. Toddler Cub Clubs are the second and third Thursdays of each month from 10 -11 a.m. Cost per child/adult pair is $12 (member) and $15 (non-member). For more information, click here or call Education at (405) 425-0218.

  • SATURDAY, MAY 19: GENTLE GIRAFFES

Giraffes stand head and shoulders above the rest. Can you spot what makes our giraffes so special? Children ages four and up can join in the fun. The cost per child/adult pair is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call Education at (405) 425-0218 or click here.  

  • MONDAY, MAY 28 THROUGH FRIDAY, JUNE 1: SCHOOL'S OUT DAY CAMPS

Want a unique, educational adventure for your child to kick off summer? Snacks provided, but campers must bring their lunch. Ages 4-11 welcome. Advanced registration and payment required. All campers are required to bring a copy of their immunizations. Camp runs 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Drop-off at Education Center from 8-8:30 a.m. Cost per child per day is $45. For more information, call Education at (405) 425-0218 or click here

  • SCOUT PROGRAMS

The OKC Zoo offers monthly opportunities for Boy and Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls to learn about the natural world while achieving badges and meeting program requirements, electives. To learn more about these programs, click here.

ONGOING: EYE SPY SAFARI FOR KIDS
Kids 11 and under can take an interactive safari on Zoo grounds to learn more about the OKC Zoo’s extraordinary animals. Each child who completes their safari scratch-off card will receive a prize. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Eye Spy Safari cards are available at the Zoo’s Guest Services and ZOOfriends’ offices throughout the summer. Prizes are available at the Safari Shop located in the Global Plaza. Participation is free with Zoo admission and kids get a prize when they complete their card.

ONGOING: VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND AT THE OKC ZOO
With the Oklahoma City Zoo’s increased focus on conservation, exciting new events and the upcoming opening of Sanctuary Asia, the Zoo is expanding its volunteer opportunities. The newly redesigned volunteer programs have more opportunities, flexibility and FUN than ever before. Adult volunteers, corporate groups, community service organizations and others are invited to answer the “call of the wild” and volunteer at the OKC Zoo. Learn more online or call (405) 425-0275. Interested persons are also encouraged to attend one of these events, all being held in the Zoo’s education center:

  • Open House, informational session on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m.
  • Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, May 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

ONGOING: OKC ZOO, METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM LAUNCH STATEWIDE LITERACY PROGRAM
This spring brings a new venture for the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden and Metropolitan Library System with the statewide launch of their community literacy program, “Read for Adventure.” This successful promotion and partnership is going Oklahoma wide, welcoming every public library across the state to participate at no cost. “Read for Adventure” enables library card holders to check out the original children’s book, Our Day at the Zoo, from any of the 247 public library locations within the state to receive four general admission ticket vouchers to the OKC Zoo. Learn more about this exciting partnership!

ALL MONTH: MATHIS BROTHERS ZOOFRIENDS MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT 
During the month of May, purchase or renew a ZOOfriends’ membership at Mathis Brothers Furniture (3434 West Reno in Oklahoma City) and save $15 or more, plus get a free gift! The month of May offers the lowest membership prices of the year. Enjoy unlimited admission to the OKC Zoo for a year! For more information, call (405) 425-0618.

NOW – TUESDAY, MAY 15: APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SERVICE ORGANIZATION, ZOO TROOP
Are you a young professional (age 21-35) passionate about volunteering, wild life, conservation and the planet? If so, don’t miss the chance to join ZOOtroop! Now through May 15, ZOOfriends is looking for conservationists, eager volunteers and animal lovers to join its wild young professionals’ volunteer group. ZOOtroop works to raise conservation awareness, promote the health benefits of visiting the Zoo and support ZOOfriends as volunteers for numerous events and projects. For more information or to fill out an application, visit zoofriends.org/zootroop.

FRIDAY, MAY 4: “MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH ZOO” STAR WARS-INSPIRED ENRICHMENT EVENT
Celebrate the creatures that bind our galaxy together at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s second annual Star Wars-inspired animal enrichment event on Friday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Zoo guests are encouraged to unleash their inner Jedi by sporting Star Wars-inspired swag during the day’s festivities as they watch Zoo animals of all shapes and sizes, from giraffes to red pandas, interact with Star Wars-themed enrichment. Each guest will receive an enrichment schedule upon entering the Zoo. This event is free with Zoo admission.

Enrichment Events Schedule:
10 a.m.                Chimpanzees (Great EscApe)
10:30 a.m.          Spider monkeys and Squirrel monkeys (Children’s Zoo)
                            Red Pandas (Lakeside) 
11 a.m.
                Giraffes/Red River Hogs 
1 p.m. 
                 Coati (small cat interp building) 
1:30 p.m.
            Lorikeets and Macaws (Children’s Zoo)
2 p.m.
                  Asian elephants

SATURDAY, MAY 5: MCBRIDE FOUNDATION POSITIVE STEPS 5K, 1 MILE WALK AT THE OKC ZOO
The McBride Foundation’s 9th annual Positive Steps Day, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk is Saturday, May 5 at the Oklahoma City Zoo. This event is for everyone from serious runners to families with strollers. You receive event participation, t-shirt, race day snack, fun booths, entrance into the Zoo for the day. Plus, your support keeps Oklahoma youth athletes playing SAFE in the games they love. Learn more about the Positive Steps 5K/1 Mile Walk.

SATURDAY, MAY 5: SAFE KIDS DAY AT THE ZOO
Did you know that preventable injuries are the top contributor to childhood deaths in the U.S.? Make this serious subject a fun, learning experience by joining us for Safe Kids Day featuring fun events inside the Zoo on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids will learn how to stay safe on the road, at home and at play. Activity is free with Zoo admission.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 – SUNDAY, MAY 13: PERENNIALS FOR POLLINATORS SPRING PLANT SALE
The Zoo’s Spring Plant Sale is back! The Perennials for Pollinators Spring Plant Sale will be held in the Oklahoma City Zoo’s entry plaza on May 11, 12, and 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The available plants are tried and true Oklahoma proven pollinator supporting perennials. Two types of native milkweed plants will also be available. All of these were grown and propagated at the OKC Zoo! The sale kicks off on National Public Gardens Day on May 11 and Zoo Horticulture Curator Lance Swearengin will host two garden tours during the day. Zoo admission is not required for the plant sale. For additional information, call (405) 425-0262.

FRIDAY, MAY 18: ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY
Some animals are endangered and we must act now to help save them before they become extinct. Come, visit our interactive stations on Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn what the Zoo is doing to help these endangered species. You’ll discover ways you can help, too! Activity stations will be located throughout the Zoo. This event is free with Zoo admission.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23: WORLD TURTLE DAY/STONECLOUD BREWING COMPANY PARTNERSHIP
Celebrate the majesty of Earth’s shelled wonders on Wednesday, May 23 at the OKC Zoo with turtle-related activities bringing awareness to the plight of turtles and tortoises around the world! Plus, a Zoo herpetologist will host a discussion about turtle/tortoise conservation. For turtle fans 21 and over, the celebration will continue at Stonecloud Brewing Company, where a special “turtle” stout (salted caramel and cacao) will be on-tap and 20 percent of profits will be donated to Turtle Survival Alliance. Stonecloud is located at 1012 NW 1st Street, Suite 101 in Oklahoma City. For more information, call (405) 425-0262.

FRIDAY, MAY 25:  DON’T FRY DAY (SKIN CANCER AWARENESS DAY)
Animals naturally protect themselves from the sun and humans should, too! The Zoo’s annual Don’t Fry Day on Friday, May 25, is an opportunity to learn ways to help reduce the rising rates of skin cancer and promote sun-safe behaviors.  Zoo admission required to enter Zoo grounds. For information, call (405) 425-0262.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 – MONDAY, MAY 28:  MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATED WITH EXTENDED ZOO HOURS
The Zoo will be open for Memorial Day weekend but will extend its normal operating hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28. All rides and attractions will be open weather permitting.

Go WILD at the OKC Zoo! 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 ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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