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OKC ZOO HAPPENINGS IN JUNE

SATURDAY, MAY 29: OKC ZOO OPENS AT 8 A.M. DAILY FOR GUESTS

Wake up on the wild side! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s summer hours begin Saturday, May 29, and continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 6, and the Zoo will open at 8 a.m. daily for guests with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. The Zoo will close daily at 5 p.m. Guests can start their Zoo adventures an hour early and take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures as they explore the park this summer. The Zoo encourages all visitors to buy their tickets online at okczoo.org/tickets. Purchasing tickets in advance allows guests to avoid lines and enter the Zoo directly.

 

MONDAY, MAY 31: PRE-SALE TICKETS FOR ZOOFRIENDS MEMBERS AVAILABLE FOR OKC ZOO’S BREAKFAST WITH THE ANIMALS PRESENTED BY NUTELLA®

Make plans to attend Oklahoma City’s ultimate breakfast experience. Join the Oklahoma City Zoo Saturday mornings in July and August for Breakfast with the Animals presented by Nutella®! This once a week morning event invites you to enjoy a special breakfast experience with Nutella at the top of the Zoo’s Sea Lion Stadium. Breakfast guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about the California sea lions and harbor seals that call the OKC Zoo home, and attend the morning sea lion presentation. The breakfast buffet will feature assorted pastries filled with Nutella, fruit and pancake kabobs with Nutella, breakfast meats, biscuits and sausage gravy, a made-to-order pancake station, and an egg and omelet station.

Breakfast with the Animals presented by Nutella will have breakfast service from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and conclude after the 10 a.m. sea lion presentation. Breakfast with the Animals presented by Nutella is $50 for adults ages 12 and up and $45 for children ages 3-11, children ages 2 and younger are free. ZOOfriends member tickets are $40 for adults ages 12 and up and $35 for children ages 3-11. Pre-sale tickets will be available to ZOOfriends members only from Monday, May 31 through Sunday, June 6. Tickets will be available to the public beginning Monday, June 7. To learn more, click here

 

NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31: TRAVEL BACK TO THE AGE OF DINOSAURS WITH OKC ZOO’S DINO SAFARI OPEN DAILY

Wonder at these amazing animals of the past when you visit DINO SAFARI today! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden presents DINO SAFARI, an immersive experience featuring life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that demonstrate movement and sounds like the creatures that once roamed the Earth. Explore DINO SAFARI located in the Zoo’s lush, 6-acre pollinator garden along the Lakeside to see several dinosaurs come to life through 15 one-of-a-kind animatronic displays and 8 skeleton replicas in a COVID safer setting. These amazingly life-like creations were created by Jurassic Park advisor “Dino Don” Lessem’s company Dino Don Inc., the premiere maker of robot animals in the world. Learn how dinosaurs evolved over time and where they roamed as well as what the OKC Zoo is doing to fight extinction of Oklahoma’s beloved lizard, the horny toad, also known as the Texas horned lizard. Treat yourself to a variety of tasty eats at the newly, renovated Dino Café located next to the pollinator garden then find the ultimate dinosaur souvenirs at the dino-store.     

For Zoo guests wanting the ultimate adventure, purchase a DINO SAFARI Single-Day Adventure Ticket with unlimited walks through DINO SAFARI, unlimited lorikeet feedings, unlimited carousel and Elephant Express tram rides plus, general admission to the Zoo for $31/adult and $28/child and senior. ZOOfriends members can take advantage of a dino-mite deal and purchase the Zoo’s DINO SAFARI Adventure Season Pass to enjoy unlimited admission to DINO SAFARI, May 1 through October 31, along with lorikeet feedings, carousel rides and a souvenir Zoo Key. DINO SAFARI Adventure Season Passes range from $35 to $200. Must be a current member to purchase season passes. Reserve your tickets or DINO SAFARI Adventure Season Pass now at okczoo.org. DINO SAFARI will be open to the public on Saturday, May 1 through Sunday, October 31, 2021. General admission to DINO SAFARI is $5/person for ZOOfriends members and $6/person for nonmembers plus, Zoo admission. Children 2 and under are free and do not require tickets for entry into DINO SAFARI.

  • CALL FOR DINO SQUAD VOLUNTEERS: Share your love and passion of dinosaurs with Zoo guests by joining the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Dino Squad. This new volunteer opportunity is ideal for families and individuals. Not a Dino expert? We’ve got you covered and will provide the tools and training you need. Children 8 and up are eligible to volunteer; under 17 must volunteer with a guardian. Learn more or apply at https://www.okczoo.org/Dino-Squad-Volunteers.

 

THURSDAY EVENINGS IN MAY AND JUNE: OKC ZOO’S SIP AND STROLL 21+ EVENT SERIES

There’s still time to plan a fun Sip and Stroll through the OKC Zoo! Join the Oklahoma City Zoo for its summer event series, Sip and Stroll, happening Thursday evenings now through June 24, 2021, from 6 to 10 p.m. Presented by COOP Ale Works, 1800 Tequila and Kraken Rum, this exclusive evening experience invites guests 21-and-older, limited to 1,200 guests per night, on an outdoor excursion to discover the world’s wildlife and feature cocktails as you stroll. Create your own travel itinerary through the Zoo and six watering holes, with two brand-new locations. With the majority of the 100-acre park open for exploration, you can expect to see African painted dogs, Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, Indian rhinos, flamingos, Galapagos tortoises and more. The Zoo will host a special PRIDE Sip and Stroll on Thursday, June 24.

With VIP admission, $40/person, enjoy early entry to the event with check-in times from 5:45-6:15 p.m., a special sea lion presentation at 7 p.m. plus, access to DINO SAFARI, Stingray Bay and lorikeet feeding. DINO SAFARI, is the Zoo’s new immersive experience featuring life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that demonstrate movement and sound like the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the Earth. VIP admission is limited to 300 guests per night. General Admission is $25/person with event entry between 6:15-7:45 p.m. and access to DINO SAFARI. Sip and Stroll Drink Passports will be available for purchase and pass holder will receive six $5 drink tickets to be used for one 5-oz featured drink sample at all six specialty drink locations or beverage of equal value. Additional beverages and food will be available for purchase during Sip and Stroll. Purchase event tickets at okczoo.org/sipandstroll. Sip and Stroll entry times are spaced every 15 minutes to allow for maximum social distancing. After scheduled check-in, guests are welcome to stay through the duration of the event, 10 p.m. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. This event will occur rain or shine.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 19: ZOOFRIENDS AND KENDRA SCOTT HOST GIVE BACK PARTY AT THE OKC ZOO

Join ZOOfriends for a wild cause at the Kendra Scott Give Back Party, and help support the Oklahoma City Zoo’s animal family. Make your way to the OKC Zoo on Saturday, June 19, for this special shopping event being hosted in the Zoo’s entry plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kendra Scott will donate 20% of every jewelry purchase made during the event to the Oklahoma Zoological Society, ZOOfriends. Bring your friends along for this unique shopping excursion that gives back and raises awareness for the OKC Zoo’s conservation initiatives. For those unable to attend this event who’d still like to support it, they can do so by placing an order by phone and calling Kendra Scott at Classen Curve, (405) 241-4203 – be sure to mention the OKC Zoo when placing your order. Proceeds will go to the Oklahoma Zoological Society. To browse Kendra Scott’s jewelry collections prior to the party, visit www.kendrascott.com.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 20: RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE AT THE OKC ZOO

The Oklahoma City Zoo and the American Red Cross of Oklahoma are calling on the community-at-large to help saves lives. The Red Cross is hosting a community blood drive at the OKC Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center on Sunday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As a thank you, those who come to donate will receive a voucher good for two free general admissions to the OKC Zoo! For additional information about donating blood and the requirements to give, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 21: OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU HOST WORLD GIRAFFE DAY

The Oklahoma City Zoo is proud to partner with Bob Moore Subaru and participate in World Giraffe Day, a worldwide celebration of giraffe that sheds light on the challenges these beloved animals face in the wild, on Monday, June 21. Established by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), this annual 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 activities presented locally by Bob Moore Subaru and happening near the giraffe habitat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include an information station, interactive activities for kids with prizes, photo opportunities and Facebook live chats with the Zoo’s expert giraffe caretakers. All event activities are free with Zoo admission.

                According to the GCF, it’s estimated that the current Africa-wide giraffe population is approximately 117,000 individuals, almost a 30% population decrease since the 1980s. Wild giraffe populations have declined 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, visit okczoo.org.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 27: ZOO AMPHITHEATRE CONCERT, STYX AND COLLECTIVE SOUL

The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City’s preferred, outdoor concert venue, is ready to rock with its first concert of the 2021 season, Styx – Collective Soul on Sunday, June 27, doors open at 6 p.m. and concert begins at 7 p.m. 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.

 

JUNE:  OKC ZOO’S EDUCATION PROGRAMS

For additional information about these and other programs, contact the Zoo’s Education department at (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczoo.org.

  • LIMITED AVAILABILITY: OKC ZOO SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS 4–15, RUN 10 FULL WEEKS, MAY 31-AUGUST 6, 2021

Summer fun abounds at the Oklahoma City Zoo during our summer day camps. Summer break is a great time to encourage youngsters to explore their passions and the Zoo is the best place in Oklahoma City to both inspire a connection to nature and use that connection to build a scientific understanding of the world. The OKC Zoo’s unique, week-long summer camps offer individually themed programs that include a variety of educational and hands-on S.T.E.A.M. activities that are sure to engage your child’s curiosity and love for wildlife and wild places. Campers will also enjoy in-park exploration, engaging activities, up-close encounters with animal ambassadors and unforgettable experiences. With a myriad of summer camp options to choose from, your kiddo is sure to find a program they are wild about. OKC Zoo summer camps are available for kids 4–15 and run for ten weeks, Monday, May 31, through Friday, August 6, 2021. The cost is $275 per camper (ZOOfriends members) and $300 per camper (nonmembers) per week. Camps run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers must bring their own lunch and snacks. All Zoo camps will operate with enhanced safety and sanitation measures in place per CDC, city and state guidelines. Advance registration is required. To learn more or to register, visit https://www.okczoo.org/summer-camps or call (405) 425-0218.

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 18: FAMILY CAMP OUT, BUGS AND BLOOMS

This wild camping adventure has it all! Discover how bugs help plants grow, even at night! Explore the exciting world of pollination at the Zoo as we look for insects with black lights and conduct a moth lighting experiment! Campers will pitch their own tent on Zoo grounds, go for an evening hike through the park, snack on s’mores, enjoy animal themed stories and snooze under the stars. This program includes an animal presentation, a light breakfast plus, Zoo admission for the next day. Participants must provide their own tent and gear. Program is ideal for ages 4 and older. Children must have an adult enrolled with them. Cost is $40 per person. Program capacity is limited to ensure safe social distancing so register early at https://www.okczoo.org/overnight-programs.

 

ONGOING: OKLAHOMA CITY CULTURE BOXES BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Need a gift? Oklahoma City’s favorite attractions presents the Oklahoma City Culture Box! These one-of-a-kind gift boxes are available for purchase at partnering cultural attractions. This collaborative project created by the Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Contemporary, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum and Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, celebrates Oklahoma City’s diverse cultural community and enriching experiences available that highlight an array of interests from art to science and western culture to wildlife! Each OKC Culture Box is a treasure trove of valuable tickets and unique souvenirs. Available for $50 each the OKC Culture Box includes contents that have a retail value of more than $200. Boxes are limited with each of the seven attractions selling just 100 boxes. All proceeds for the sale of OKC Culture Boxes will remain at the attraction where it was sold. Purchase OKC Culture Boxes from the OKC Zoo, available in the Guest Services office during regular park hours. The OKC Zoo strongly encourages all guests age 11 and older to wear a face mask when in indoor habitats and Zoo buildings.

 

ONGOING: OKC ZOO’S AFRICAN LION/PAINTED DOG CAM

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s latest animal cam provides wildlife fans around the globe with exclusive views of two of different species: African lions and African painted dogs. Click on the Zoo’s new African Lion/Painted Dog cam at www.okczoo.org/lioncam from your computer, phone and tablet to spot these iconic African savanna animals at the Zoo. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy a real time look at the Zoo’s popular Lion Overlook habitat home to its lion pride and where the Zoo’s pack of African painted dogs are currently residing while their brand-new habitat is being constructed. The painted dogs rotate days on habitat with the lions. Depending upon the day, cam viewers will have an opportunity to see the Zoo’s lions or pack of painted dogs, it’s the best way to safari-fy your day! The African lion/Painted dog cam will stream live now through Tuesday, August 31, 2021, with optimal viewing of either the lions or painted dogs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

ONGOING: GORILLAS ON THE LINE CELLPHONE CHALLENGE

The Oklahoma City Zoo is calling on you to help protect wild gorillas and their habitat, and all you have to do is donate a used cellphone. When you donate a cellphone or small electronic to the Gorillas on the Line Cell Phone Challenge now through Friday, September 24, 2021, you will receive a free general admission Zoo ticket. Small electronics frequently contain a substance called coltan, and 80 percent of the world's coltan supply is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also home to many gorillas. Mining for coltan threatens the habitats of gorillas, chimpanzees, okapi and other endangered species. The coltan from these donated devices is re-used and reduces the need to mine for the compound in gorilla habitats. Schools, organizations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to collect as many cell phones and electronics as they can to help gorillas and wild habitat. Donated items can be dropped off for recycling in the Zoo’s Guest Services office in the entry plaza. The OKC Zoo strongly encourages all guests age 11 and older to wear a face mask when in indoor habitats and Zoo buildings. For additional information, click here.

 

ONGOING: ART GONE WILD, ART MADE BY THE OKC ZOO’S ANIMALS FOR ANIMALS

Art Gone Wild, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s collection of original animal paintings, are available for purchase at the Zoo. As part of the Zoo’s enrichment program, many animals including elephants, sea lions, tigers and more paint during enrichment sessions with assistance from their caregivers. Be awestruck by the Zoo’s current selection of animal paintings on display in the Zoo’s Guest Services office located in the entry plaza during regular hours. Painting prices range from $35 to $300, depending on size. All net proceeds are used to provide grants to local schools to plant gardens for monarchs and other pollinators. The OKC Zoo strongly encourages all guests age 11 and older to wear a face mask when in indoor habitats and Zoo buildings.

 

ONGOING: OKC ZOO’S WILD ENCOUNTERS

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s Wild Encounters provide you with a memorable experience as you enjoy an exclusive look behind the Zoo scene. See some of your favorite animals up-close like never before. Meet our expert caretakers and learn about the animals they care for and the Zoo’s efforts to conserve their wild counterparts. Wild Encounters are available Thursday through Monday and include a souvenir lanyard. There is a maximum of ten people per encounter and participants must wear masks. Prices range from $40–$50 per person depending on the encounter. Children age 2 and under are not permitted. Participants age 3+ must wear a mask during this up-close animal encounter for the protection of guests and staff. ZOOfriends’ members receive discount per encounter. For additional information about Wild Encounters or to make a reservation, contact Guest Services at (405) 425-0262.

 

OKC ZOO SUMMER ATTRACTION SCHEDULE

Up-close animal connections and feedings, memorable rides and more are in store for you with these uniquely fun Zoo attractions. The following schedule is subject to change without notice. Capacity is limited for all rides and attractions to maintain adequate social distancing among guests. Guests can pre-purchase tickets for these experiences when they make their online reservation at okczoo.org/tickets or purchase them in the park. All rides and attractions are operational weather permitting.

  • Camel Rides: Take your Zoo day to new heights with a ride on a dromedary camel. Cost is $6 per person and rides will take place from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. Children under 6 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Other rules are posted at the habitat. Camel rides are not included in Ride-It-All packages.

  • Centennial Choo Choo:  Rides offered daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per person. Children two and under free.

  • Elephant Express Tram: Sit back and relax as you tour the Zoo! Rides travel from the Entry Plaza to Sanctuary Asia and are offered daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All day bracelets are $6 per person. Children two and under free.

  • Endangered Species Carousel: Carousel rides are available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per person.

  • Explorikeet Feedings (Children’s Zoo): Fly by the Children’s Zoo to feed the lorikeets. Feeding opportunities available daily from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $4 per person. Participants age 3+ must wear a mask during this up-close animal encounter for the protection of guests and staff.

  • Flamingo Mingle: Flamingo Mingle feedings occur daily in the Children’s Zoo habitat from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. Children age 2 and under are not permitted. Participants age 3+ must wear a mask during this up-close animal encounter for the protection of guests and staff.

  • Giraffe Feeding Platform: Meet and feed the Zoo’s gentle giants! The platform is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Children age 2 and under are not permitted. Participants age 3+ must wear a mask during this up-close animal encounter for the protection of guests and staff.

  • Rhino Feedings: Our Indian rhinos are ready to meet you! Weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) feeding opportunities from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $10 per person. Children age 2 and under are not permitted. Participants age 3+ must wear a mask during this up-close animal encounter for the protection of guests and staff. Additional rules are posted at the habitat.

  • Sea Lion Presentations: Don’t miss these educational and engaging presentation featuring the Zoo’s California sea lions and harbor seals! Daily presentation at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Zoo’s Sea Lion Presentation Stadium. Cost is $5 per person. Children two and under are free.

  • Stingray Bay: Stingray Bay provides up-close encounters and feeding opportunities with these majestic creatures of the sea, stingrays! Cost is $4 per person to enter. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with feeding opportunities available from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. while supplies last, for an additional $3 per person. Participants age 3+ must wear a mask during this up-close animal encounter for the protection of guests and staff. 

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Zoo’s summer hours begin Saturday, May 29, and continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 6, and the park will open at 8 a.m. daily for guests with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. Purchase advance tickets at www.okczoo.org/tickets and avoid the entry lines. 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 connected with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, and by visiting our blog stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming a ZOOfriends member. Starting at $45, memberships can be purchased at ZOOfriends.org and provide access to the OKC Zoo for an entire year plus, additional benefits and discounts. To learn more about Zoo happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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