At the OKC Zoo, Go Wild!

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             Go WILD this holiday season and surprise the wildlife lover in your life with an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind gift from the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. From Wild Encounters to opportunities to create incredible holiday memories and support wildlife conservation, the Zoo offers unexpected, transformative experiences at price levels for everyone.

ANIMAL ADOPTIONSSpecial Pygmy Hippo Deluxe Package Includes 65th Anniversary T-Shirt

            Share your love of wildlife with everyone on your list with a gift of an animal adoption. This year, guests can choose between four iconic species from the Zoo’s newly opened Sanctuary Asia habitat: Indian rhino, Asian elephant, red panda or Komodo dragon. Net proceeds from each animal adoption benefit The Oklahoma Zoological Society, which helps spread the love to all the OKC Zoo’s animals by providing important funding for their daily care needs and animal enrichment items. There are now three different levels of animal adoptions:

$40 Classic Edition – Certificate of Adoption and name recognition on

$60 Limited Edition – Plush animal, certificate of adoption, fact sheet, animal photo and name recognition

$100 Deluxe Edition – Plush animal, certificate of adoption, fact sheet, animal photo, ZOOfriends cinch bag, and two General Admission tickets to the OKC Zoo, and name recognition on

Additionally, a special Pygmy Hippo Limited Edition package ($100) includes a pygmy hippo plush, adoption certificate, online name recognition, pygmy hippo fact sheet, OKC Zoo canvas tote, two OKC Zoo general admission tickets, a postcard autographed by Gayla Peevey and a t-shirt commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Gayla’s iconic “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” hit song (limited quantities, t-shirt exclusively available with package). Proceeds from the Pygmy Hippo Limited Edition package will benefit the Zoological Society of London’s pygmy hippo conservation efforts. The Pygmy Hippo Limited Edition package will be available starting Saturday, December 1.

To adopt your animal, call (405) 425-0618, or stop by the ZOOfriends’ membership office located in the Zoo’s Global Plaza, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ART GONE WILDArt by Animals, Benefiting Animals

            Put your passion for animals on full display with a one-of-a-kind piece of art painted by the OKC Zoo’s wildly talented animal artists. As part of the Zoo’s enrichment program, many animals paint during enrichment sessions with assistance from their caregivers. Elephants spray, snakes slither and flamingoes walk on the canvas! Find the masterpiece that’s right for you by visiting the Zoo’s Guest Services office. Proceeds from all paintings support the Zoo’s conservation efforts. For more information, call (405) 425-0275.

BLACK FRIDAY: 25 PERCENT OFF EVERYTHING AT SAFARI GIFT SHOP – Fun, Thoughtful, Items for Everyone on Your List

            On Friday, November 23, take 25 percent off everything, including clearance/sale items, at the Safari Gift Shop located in the Zoo’s entry plaza. Plus, they offer FREE gift wrapping. The Safari Gift Shop offers something for everyone, including items that positively impact the planet, like artwork from Ocean Sole. These psychedelic pieces are made entirely from recycled flip-flops that have washed ashore from the oceans and waterways in Kenya. The Safari Gift Shop is also decked out educational toys, craft activities for your petite Picasso and the state’s largest collection of plush! From bedtime stories to coffee table toppers, the gift shop’s book collection has something for readers of all ages.

WILD ENCOUNTERSMeet Kairavi, Sanctuary Asia’s Newest Resident

            Experience the Zoo’s Asian elephants, including new addition Kai, behind-the-scenes! Wild Encounters enable you to get up close and personal with exclusive backstage access. All ages welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Elephant Wild Encounters are daily at 2:45 p.m. and are $45/member, $50/nonmember. Gift certificates may be purchased at Guest Services in the Zoo’s entry plaza. For more information, call (405) 424-3344.

ZOOBRICKSMemorialize Your Support with Engraved Brick in Zoo Entry Plaza

            Engraved ZOObricks, a permanent feature of the Zoo’s Entry Plaza, are a unique way to recognize a family member or friend this holiday season!  Your gift also makes an important gift to the children of our community.  Since its inception in 1997, ZOOfund for Kids has provided scholarships to thousands of children who otherwise would not have been able to attend education classes at the OKC Zoo. Net proceeds from ZOObricks go toward the Oklahoma Zoological Society’s endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for this important scholarship program. ZOObricks start at $100 for one line of inscription, $150 for two lines and $200 for three lines.  Each line is 15 characters of whatever text you choose.  You will receive a certificate with your ZOObrick inscription. Click here to purchase any of these options or contact the ZOOfriends Membership office at (405) 425-0618!


            ZOOfriends members enjoy free admission all year-long, plus many additional benefits and discounts. Throughout December, take $10 off any new, renewed or gift membership! With eight different membership levels starting at $25 (with discount applied), ZOOfriends has packages to fit every budget. Members receive 25 percent off all purchases made at the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop during the month of December. Committed to giving 100 percent of your membership dollars back to the Zoo, these memberships support the care of the Zoo’s animals, fund education programming and conservation initiatives and supports the overall expansion and growth of the Zoo. Join or renew online at or contact the ZOOFriends office at (405) 425-0618 for information.

Celebrate the spirit of the season with Oklahoma City’s most ZOO-nique gifts! 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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