JUNE HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO
June 04, 2020
OKC ZOO ATTRACTIONS REOPEN/SUMMER SEASON SCHEDULE
Create wild memories on your Oklahoma City Zoo visit with these unique experiences now open for the summer season. To ensure safe social distancing among Zoo guests, attraction capacity will be limited daily. Guests can pre-purchase tickets for all Zoo attractions when they make their online reservation at http://www.okczoo.org/tickets. OKC Zoo rides and attractions are operational weather permitting and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Camel Rides: Guests can add to their zooventure with a camel ride on one of two dromedary camels, Fred or Bill. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. Children under 6 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Other rules are posted at the habitat.
Centennial Choo Choo: Make tracks to the choo choo! Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per person. Children two and under free.
Endangered Species Carousel: Ride daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per person.
Explorikeet Feedings (Children’s Zoo): Flock to the fun with our colorful lorikeets! Daily feeding opportunities available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $4 per person. This attraction closes for a “bird break” from 1-1:30 p.m.
Giraffe Feeding Platform: Be spotted feeding our gentle giants! Daily feeding opportunities from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5 per person.
Sea Lion Presentations (beginning Monday, June 8): Our popular pinnipeds are waiting to “sea” you! Daily presentations at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Zoo’s Sea Lion Presentation Stadium. Cost is $5 per person. Children two and under are free.
Stingray Bay: Add a splash of fun to your Zoo day with a stop at Stingray Bay! Cost is $4 per person with paid Zoo admission. Children two and under are free. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NOW AVAILABLE: OKC ZOO’S WILD ENCOUNTERS
The Oklahoma City Zoo provides you with a firsthand look at what happens behind the Zoo scene with Wild Encounters! Wild Encounters are premium experiences that let you see some of your favorite Zoo animals in up-close ways like never before. Connect with our expert caretakers and learn about the animals they care for each and every day and the Zoo’s efforts to conserve their wild counterparts. Wild Encounters are available daily and each experience comes with a souvenir lanyard! These encounters are also ideal gifts for any occasion. Participants must be 6 years of age or older. There is a maximum of six people per encounter and participants must wear masks. Prices range from $40–$50 per person depending on the encounter. ZOOfriends’ members receive discount per encounter. For additional information about Wild Encounters or to make a reservation, contact Guest Services at (405) 425-0262.
MONDAY, JUNE 1 THROUGH FRIDAY, AUGUST 14: OKC ZOO SUMMER CAMPS
Oklahoma City Zoo’s Summer Camps are in session with more fun, new programs and always, lots of animals to see! These weekly day camps connect young explorers to the Zoo’s wildlife and expert caretakers through up-close encounters with animals, themed lessons, activities, time exploring the Zoo and more. Camps are available now through Friday, August 14, 2020, for children ages 4-15. Full-day camps run Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $275 (ZOOfriends’ members) and $300 (nonmembers). Limited half-day camps are for ages 12-15 and meet Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $145 (ZOOfriends’ members) and $160 (nonmembers).
To provide a safe Summer Camp experience for our Zoo campers, capacity is limited to 10 participants per program and extended care will not be available this season. Advance registration and payment are required. To register online or learn more about the Zoo’s Summer Camps, visit www.okczoo.org/summer-camps or call the Zoo’s education department at (405) 425-0218.
MONDAY, JUNE 8: World Oceans DAY PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru invite you to make waves for ocean conservation in celebration of World Oceans Day on Monday, June 8. Join this global movement and be inspired to help create a healthier ocean that sustains us all, no matter where we live. World Oceans Day activities will take place on Zoo grounds from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a special scavenger safari for kids with prizes, live conservation chats on Facebook at 9 and 11 a.m. featuring the Zoo’s marine mammals and photo opportunities presented by Bob Moore Subaru. Guests will also have an opportunity to attend the Zoo’s sea lion presentations making its season debut on Monday, June 8. These “fin”tastic presentations provide a fun and educational experience for all ages to enjoy. Presentations are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily at the Zoo’s Sea Lion Presentation Stadium. Cost is $5 per person. Children two and under are free. World Ocean Day activities are free with Zoo admission. For additional information about World Oceans Day including free resources, visit www.worldoceansday.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21: WORLD GIRAFFE DAY PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU
Let’s stand together for giraffes. Join the Oklahoma City Zoo on Sunday, June 21, to participate in World Giraffe Day, presented locally by Bob Moore Subaru. Initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, this worldwide event raises awareness and support for giraffes which are listed as vulnerable in the wild. On World Giraffe Day, Zoo guests will enjoy a variety of event activities happening near the giraffe habitat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet our animal and conservation experts to learn more about what the Zoo is doing to protect giraffes and their habitat, and how you can help.
Wild giraffe populations have declined over the last 30 years due to habitat destruction and poaching. Knowing the threats wild giraffe populations are facing, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums created the Giraffe SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program in 2017. The OKC Zoo is proud to be a Giraffe SAFE partner committed to providing annual financial support for giraffe conservation programs in Africa and bring attention to the importance of protecting these iconic animals. World Giraffe Day activities are free with Zoo admission. To learn more, call (405) 425-0262 or visit okczoo.org.
ONGOING: OKC ZOO POO AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Brown gold! OKC ZOO POO, the Zoo’s premium compost, will help your garden grow and bloom! Sourced from organic plant material and many of your favorite Zoo animals including the Asian elephants, Indian rhinos, giraffe and various hoofstock, OKC ZOO POO is a must have for any gardening project. OKC ZOO POO is available for purchase at the Zoo's Guest Services office, located in the Entry Plaza. Two sizes are currently available: a small bag for $3.99 and a large bag with a reusable tote bag and a packet of pollinator seeds for $14.99. To learn more, call (405) 425-0262 or visit okczoo.org.
ONGOING: OKC ZOO’S CONSERVATION WRISTBANDS
Build the buzz for wildlife conservation in style! The Oklahoma City Zoo is excited to announce three new animal designs in its series of conservation wristbands: the honeybee, flamingo and turtle. These fun, brightly colored wristbands make the perfect zoovenir and are available to purchase at the OKC Zoo’s stroller window in the Entry Plaza for $2 each, with all proceeds benefitting the Zoo’s local and global conservation efforts. Choose from 10 different animal designs. Collect them all, help save them all.
Go wild at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is open daily and online reservations are required for all guests and ZOOfriends members wanting to visit. Reservations can be made at http://www.okczoo.org/tickets and are limited each day to ensure adequate social distancing between guests. Beginning Saturday, June 6, Zoo hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and online reservations are available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. The OKC 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. Regular admission is $12 for adults and $9 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 the Zoo’s Blog. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.