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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU ANNOUNCE WORLD GIRAFFE DAY ACTIVITIES

Come together with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru to stand tall for giraffes on World Giraffe Day. Celebrated annually on the longest day of the year, June 21, World Giraffe Day, is a worldwide event initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) that brings attention to the threats facing one of the planet’s most beloved and endangered animals, giraffe, and the importance of conserving and managing their populations in Africa.

Make plans to attend World Giraffe Day on Sunday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and participate in various activities that focus on giraffe and habitat conservation. Zoo guests will have an opportunity to learn what the OKC Zoo is doing to protect wild giraffes and ways they can help conserve these magnificent creatures. World Giraffe Day happenings are free with Zoo admission and include: 

     Kids Scavenger Safari with Prizes: Zoo goers 11 and under will learn fun, educational facts about giraffes as they explore the Zoo. Scavenger safari cards will be available at the Zoo’s ticket tables in the Entry Plaza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

     Facebook Live Conservation Chats with the Zoo’s giraffe caretakers at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

     Animal Enrichment (1 p.m. at the giraffe habitat): Happy early birthday, Julu! Watch as the Zoo’s giraffe herd enjoy special enrichment treats created by their caretakers in  celebration of Julu’s birthday which is June 22.

     Conservation Education Station: View bio-facts, receive educational handouts for kids and learn more about how the Zoo is supporting giraffe conservation (located on Zoo grounds near the giraffe habitat)

     Photo Opportunities sponsored by Bob Moore Subaru

      #StandTallForGiraffe Social Media Challenge: Event participants and Zoo fans at home can show their support for World Giraffe Day by sharing their fun, giraffe-inspired photos on social. Follow the Zoo on Facebook and Instagram to learn more.

While at the Zoo, connect with our gentle giants in-person! The OKC Zoo is home to three giraffes: adult, female, Ellie (19); female, Julu (4) and male, Demetri (3). Guests can participate in the Zoo’s daily giraffe feedings opportunities now open from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the giraffe feeding platform.

Giraffe are listed as endangered to critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation Nature. Wild giraffe populations have declined over the past 30 years by 40 percent due to habitat destruction and poaching, but there is still time to save them thanks to the collaborative efforts of groups such as GCF and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its accredited members. In 2017, AZA created the Giraffe SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program knowing the plight wild giraffes are facing. The OKC Zoo is proud to be a Giraffe SAFE partner committed to providing annual financial support for giraffe conservation programs in Africa and to promoting public awareness about protecting these iconic animals.

Become a conservation hero for giraffe and other wildlife by supporting these efforts when you visit on World Giraffe Day:  

     Get spotted wearing a giraffe conservation wristband. This unique, collectible wristband is available for purchase at the Zoo’s stroller window in the Entry Plaza for $2 each. Proceeds from these wristbands benefit the Zoo’s local and global conservation projects.

     Contribute to Round Up for Conservation and help save species one penny at a time. Donate your change when making purchases at the OKC Zoo. Round Up provides funding for Zoo team members to participate in field conservation projects including a giraffe census managed by GCF.

      Purchase a ZOOfriends membership. Money generated from membership sales is used to support the OKC Zoo’s legacy conservation partners which protect wildlife and wild places around the world.

Aim high to help giraffes on World Giraffe Day! The Oklahoma City Zoo is open daily at 8 a.m. and advance tickets are required for all guests and ZOOfriends members. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.okczoo.org/tickets and are limited each day to ensure adequate social distancing between guests. Some of the Zoo’s indoor habitat are still closed to minimize potential transmission of COVID-19. The Zoo is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020.

Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, 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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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