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JUNE AND JULY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

NOW THROUGH AUGUST:  2018 ZOO AMPHITHEATRE CONCERT SEASON

The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City’s beloved, outdoor concert venue, kicks off its summer season on Sunday, June 10, 2018 with John Fogerty and ZZ Top and continues through August with the following events: 

Managed by 3HORSE Productions, LLC, the Zoo Amphitheatre is adjacent to the Oklahoma City Zoo and remains one of Oklahoma City’s most enduring and unique attractions. To learn more about the Zoo Amphitheatre or for ticket information, visit www.thezooamphitheatre.com.

NOW THROUGH FRIDAY, AUGUST 10:  OKC ZOO SUMMER CAMPS

Embrace your youngster’s sense of wonder with the Oklahoma City Zoo’s summer camps. These weekly themed camps are available June 4 through August 11, 2018, for children ages 3-15. Full-day camps for ages 4-11 run Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for $275 (members) and $300 (nonmembers). Half-day camps for ages 4-5 (only) meet Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $145 (members) and $160 (nonmembers). Other fees apply for 3-year-old camps, teen camps and extended care hours. During the full-day option, campers will enjoy a variety of activities including Zoo play, exhibit tours, animal visits, keeper chats, water play, and Zoo rides and attractions. Daily snacks provided. These highly popular programs usually reach capacity, so enroll now. Advance registration, payment and shot records are required. To register online or learn more about camp programs, visit www.okczoo.org/camps or call Education at (405) 425-0218.

JUNE AND JULY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The OKC Zoo's monthly education programs offer an enriching way for wildlife fans of all ages to feel connected to the Zoo’s animals through unique educational experiences. Pre-registration is required seven days in advance of program date.

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 7 AND THURSDAY, JUNE 14: CUB CLUB TODDLER PROGRAMS - TERRIFIC TIGERS
  • THURSDAY, JULY 12 AND THURSDAY, JULY 19:  CUB CLUB TODDLER PROGRAMS – SUPER SEA LIONS

You and your little one will enjoy learning 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, JUNE 9: BUGS AND BLOOMS FAMILY OVERNIGHT

On June 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m., discover how bugs help plants grow, even at night! Explore the exciting world of pollination at the OKC Zoo as you look for insects with black lights and conduct a moth lighting experiment. Enjoy a morning hike to the Zoo’s butterfly garden to chat with an expert from our horticulture staff. You won’t want to miss this un“BEE”lievably cool overnight program. The cost per child is $35, $20 per parent and includes an evening snack, a light breakfast and Zoo admission the next day. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Education at (405) 425-0218 or click here.  

  • SATURDAY, JULY 14:  ZOO SCHOOL ORIENTATION

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s education team invites homeschool groups and families to this informative session on Saturday, July 14 from 1-3 p.m. Get a sneak peek of the Zoo’s up-coming education programs, meet instructors, learn about our policies, get your questions answered and visit with other families. Guests will also have an opportunity to win wild door prizes. Must be present to win. This event is free to attend but registration required.  For more information, click here or call Education at (405) 425-0218.

NOW THROUGH TUESDAY, JULY 31:  ANNUAL SUMMER SAVINGS ADVENTURE SWEEPSTAKES

The Oklahoma City Zoo and the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan (OCSP) are partnering once again to bring the third annual Summer Savings Adventure Sweepstakes to Oklahoma families. The sweepstakes will see one Oklahoma child win $5,529 toward an OCSP account. Participation is open to parents, grandparents or legal guardians who are at least age 21 and have a child or grandchild who is an Oklahoma resident age 16 or younger. The winner will be randomly selected and formally announced shortly after the sweepstakes concludes July 30, 2018. Sweepstakes entry, official rules and additional information is available at www.ok4saving.org.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  WORLD OCEANS DAY PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

June 8 is World Oceans Day and the Oklahoma City Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru invite you to be part of this global celebration about ocean conservation. Dive into the fun on Friday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn what actions you can take to ensure our planet’s water sources are healthy. Event activities will be held in the lower gallery of Noble Aquatic Center (Nautilus Room) and Children’s Zoo (Grandma’s Porch) and include Seafood Watch talks and videos, the opportunity to decorate a reusable shopping bag, keeper chats, kids’ activities, and more! All activities are free with paid Zoo admission. For additional information about World Oceans Day including free resources, visit www.worldoceansday.org.  

SUNDAY, JUNE 17: FATHER'S DAY

This Father’s Day, go wild and treat dad to all the fun the Oklahoma City Zoo has to offer! The OKC Zoo is your gift giving destination when honoring dad on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17. Stop in the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop in the Entry Plaza to discover an assortment of one-of-a-kind gifts with free gift-wrapping. Plus, proceeds of several items support local and global conservation. Make your dad a proud parent and present him with a ZOOfriends’ Animal Adoption. These symbolic adoptions are a perfect way to recognize that special someone, while helping the Zoo’s wildlife family. Or, go the extra mile and surprise dad with a Safari Cart tour that can be tailored to include all his favorite animal areas. Safari Cart tours cost $250 for up to seven people and last two hours. Regular Zoo admission prices and hours apply on Sunday, June 17.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21: WORLD GIRAFFE DAY PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Let’s stand together for giraffes. Visit the Oklahoma City Zoo on Thursday, June 21, to participate in World Giraffe Day presented by Bob Moore Subaru. This worldwide celebration is an annual event initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to raise support, create awareness and bring attention to the challenges giraffes face in the wild. On June 21, Zoo guests will have an opportunity participate in event activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that focus on giraffe and habitat conservation. Talk with animal and conservation experts to learn what the Zoo is doing to protect giraffes and how you can also help:

  • Become a ZOOfriends member. Money generated from membership sales is used to support the OKC Zoo’s legacy conservation partners, including Northern Rangelands Trust.
  • Answer “Yes” when asked to Round Up for Conservation while making purchases at the OKC Zoo. Round Up funds were used to pay travel costs for Zoo staff to help with a census of reticulated giraffes in Kenya.
  • Buy Northern Rangelands Trust jewelry sold in the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop. These items are handmade by women in the conservancies who receive the proceeds. This diversifies family income, reducing reliance on livestock.

In the last 30 years, wild giraffe populations have declined by 40 percent due to habitat destruction and poaching. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recognized that giraffes were in need of conservation action and created the Giraffe SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program in 2017. This year, the OKC Zoo joined 15 other AZA members to become a Giraffe SAFE partner. Giraffe SAFE partners commit to providing annual financial support for giraffe conservation programs in Africa and promote public awareness about the plight of wild giraffes. World Giraffe Day activities are free with Zoo admission. To learn more, call (405) 425-0262 or visit okczoo.org.

SUNDAY, JULY 1 – TUESDAY, JULY 31:  ZOOFRIENDS' CAPTURE THE WILD PHOTO CONTEST

Do you have an artistic eye for photographing animals and landscapes? If yes, showcase your talents by entering your favorite Zoo photos in the Oklahoma Zoological Society’s "Capture the Wild Photo Contest" from July 1–31. Photos will be categorized and judged in both youth and adult divisions. Entries are due July 31. Winning photos from this year’s contest will comprise the annual ZOOfriends’ calendar. The full-color calendar is one of the benefits of a ZOOfriends’ membership. Participation is free. To learn more, call (405) 425-0218 or visit www.zoofriends.org to find contest rules and submission guidelines.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4:  INDEPENDENCE DAY

Mark the Fourth of July holiday with an outing to the Oklahoma City Zoo! Yes, the OKC Zoo is open on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular Zoo admission will be $11 for adults, and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and older. Children two and under are free.

TUESDAY, JULY 10:  SALES TAX APPRECIATION DAY

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 on Tuesday, July 10. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 28:  BOWLING FOR RHINOS CONSERVATION EVENT

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 28, 2018, 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 28, 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.

ONGOING: EYE SPY SAFARI FOR KIDS PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Young explorers, 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 Gift Shop located in the Global Plaza. Participation is free with Zoo admission, and kids will receive a prize once they’ve completed their card.

ONGOING: DAILY KEEPER CONNECTIONS

With the Oklahoma City Zoo’s daily Keeper Connections, get to know our animal family and the people dedicated to caring for them. This free program will allow you to meet our caretakers and learn more about your favorite animals. The Zoo’s caretakers are everyday conservationists, dedicated to protecting and preserving our planet’s wildlife and wild places. They have a wealth of information to share about the Zoo’s amazing animals. Keeper Connection signs are posted throughout the Zoo. Schedules are available on the Zoo map and online at www.okczoo.org. Zoo admission required.

OKC ZOO HAPPENINGS IN AUGUST...

  • Art Gone Wild
  • World Elephant Day presented by Bob Moore Subaru

Your summer adventure begins at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden! Book a group event or birthday party at the Zoo for a unique, hassle-free good time. For additional information or to book an event, call (405) 425-0684 or email jherrera@okczoo.org. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City 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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