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JULY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

SATURDAYS IN JULY AND AUGUST: OKC ZOO’S BREAKFAST WITH THE ANIMALS PRESENTED BY NUTELLA®

Wake up and enjoy the wild side of breakfast with the Oklahoma City Zoo’s newest event series, Breakfast with the Animal’s presented by Nutella®! Get ready for a wow 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 Zoo’s California sea lions and harbor seals and attend the morning sea lion presentation. The delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will feature assorted pastries filled with Nutella, fruit 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. Event tickets are $50 for adults ages 12 and up and $45 for children ages 3-11, plus general Zoo admission. ZOOfriends member tickets are $40 for adults ages 12 and up and $35 for children ages 3-11. Children ages 2 and younger are free. Tickets are available for purchase at okczoo.org

 

THURSDAY, JULY 1 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 31: OKC ZOO CALLS ON FANS TO JOIN PLASTIC FREE ECOCHALLENGE EFFORT

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden asks you to join the movement to refuse single-use plastics as part of a global Plastic Free EcoChallenge! This month-long effort encourages consumers to shift away from their single-use plastic dependency and make a change for our ecosystems. Disposable plastic items like grocery bags, straws and bottles are creating huge ecological harm, especially in oceans and other aquatic habitats. This includes Oklahoma’s streams, rivers and lakes where plastic trash is a common sight. The challenge runs Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 31, and is open to the public. Participants will earn eco-points for using less plastic, recycling, switching to reusable items and for pledging to make other eco-friendly changes. Sign up to join the OKC Zoo team at https://plasticfree.ecochallenge.org/teams/oklahoma-city-zoo. Together, we can make the planet a better place!

 

FRIDAY, JULY 2: OKC ZOO’S SUMMER ENRICHMENT EVENT

Watch as some of your favorite members of the Oklahoma City Zoo’s animal family experience the Zoo’s Summer Enrichment Event, and receive tactile (touch)-themed items created by their caretakers. The event takes place on Friday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and certain animals will be feeling those summer vibes as they engage with bubbles, mud, ice blocks and more. These interactions are designed to encourage natural behaviors while providing new stimuli for our animals to enjoy. Guests will also have an opportunity to talk with the Zoo’s expert team members to learn more about the Zoo’s enrichment program. This event is free with Zoo admission. Handouts with the Summer Enrichment Event schedule will be available at the Zoo’s Guest Services and ZOOfriends offices in the entry plaza. The schedule will also be available on the Zoo’s Facebook page.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 15: OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU PRESENT WORLD SNAKE DAY ACTIVITIES

Slither out to the Oklahoma City Zoo for World Snake Day on Thursday, July 15, and celebrate one our planet’s most diverse and misunderstood creatures. Presented locally by Bob Moore Subaru, Zoo guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the Zoo’s reptiles and how these species thrive on every continent expect for Antarctica in almost any habitat including waterways, forests, deserts, prairies and even your own backyard! Event activities will take place by the Zoo’s historic Herpetarium building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include an information station, interactive activities for kids with prizes, photo opportunities and Facebook live chats and more. All event activities are free with Zoo admission.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 15 THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 14: ZOOFRIENDS HOSTS CAPTURE THE WILD PHOTO CONTEST

The Capture the Wild Photo Contest hosted by ZOOfriends returns on Thursday, July 15 and runs through Saturday, August 14, 2021. Participants of any age may submit their best photos of their favorite OKC Zoo animals! All photos will be categorized and judged in three divisions and winning photos will be used in the 2022 ZOOfriends calendar. For more information and contest rules, visit zoofriends.org/capture-the-wild.

                

ONGOING: READ FOR ADVENTURE, OKC ZOO’S STATEWIDE LIBRARY PROGRAM, CONTINUES FOR ANOTHER SEASON, PROVIDES UNIQUE ACTIVITY FOR OKLAHOMA FAMILIES

Book it to your local library to take part in Read for Adventure, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s statewide library program. This one-of-a-kind program inspires Oklahoma families to connect through reading and caring about wildlife and wild places. Sponsored by OG&E, Read for Adventure features an original children’s book, Juniper’s Butterfly Garden, that follows a child’s journey to learn about and help conserve monarch butterflies. Monarchs migrate annually through Oklahoma on their journey from central Mexico to southern Canada and both the OKC Zoo and OG&E are committed to conserving vital habitats that benefit all pollinators. The Read for Adventure program is aimed at promoting literacy statewide and invites library card holders to check out Juniper’s Butterfly Garden, from any participating public and tribal library location within the state, to receive a voucher redeemable for FREE general admission to the OKC Zoo for up to four people (child, adult or senior). Vouchers are redeemable through June 30, 2022. For a list of participating libraries, visit www.okczoo.org/readforadventure.

 

NOW AVAILABLE: SHOP OKC ZOO’S NEW ONLINE STORE

Shop the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s new digital store to find exclusive wildlife plush, DINO SAFARI swag, toys, apparel, and other souvenirs. Experience the ease of shopping anywhere, any time to find wildly perfect gifts and know that your purchases are helping support the OKC Zoo, its animals and conservation initiatives.

 

ONGOING: OKC ZOO’S SUMMER HOURS, 8 A.M. TO 4 P.M. DAILY FOR GUESTS

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s summer hours continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 6, with the Zoo opening 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.

 

NOW THROUGH AUGUST 31: OKC ZOO’S AFRICAN LION/PAINTED DOG CAM

No lion, you will go wild for the Zoo’s new Lion Overlook cam! The Oklahoma City Zoo’s current animal cam provides wildlife fans around the world 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 device to spot these iconic African savanna animals at the Zoo. Animal 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.

 

NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31: TREK TO THE OKC ZOO TO EXPERIENCE DINO SAFARI, OPEN DAILY

The Oklahoma City Zoo invites you to experience DINO SAFARI and wonder at 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 these prehistoric creatures through 15 one-of-a-kind animatronic displays and 8 skeleton replicas. 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 shop for wild DINO SAFARI swag and souvenirs at the dino-store.     

Make it a big day of fun with the Zoo’s DINO SAFARI Single-Day Adventure Ticket including 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, now 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 is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. now 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.

  • VOLUNTEER WITH THE OKC ZOO’S DINO SQUAD: 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.

 

ONGOING/LIMITED AVAILABILITY: OKC ZOO’S SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS 4–15, NOW THROUGH AUGUST 6, 2021

There’s still time to enroll your young explorer in the Oklahoma City Zoo’s summer day camps. Summer break is a great time for kiddos to explore their interests and passions, and the Zoo is the best place in Oklahoma City to inspire connections to wildlife and wild places. The OKC Zoo’s popular, 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 appreciation for animals and nature. Campers will also enjoy in-park exploration, engaging activities, up-close encounters with animal ambassadors and memorable experiences. OKC Zoo summer camps are available for kids 4–15 now 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.

  • NEW ASSISTANT ZOOKEEPER CAMP FOR AGES 15-17, MONDAY JULY 26 THROUGH FRIDAY, JUNE 30:

Think you want to be a zookeeper? Explore the wild world of animal caretaking by working alongside the OKC Zoo’s animal experts as they do their daily routines. This camp experience for teens 15-17 includes behind-the-scenes access and Wild Encounter sessions with our caretakers. Participants will even help train an animal and make enrichment treats. Sign up your aspiring zookeeper now! Spots are limited. To learn more or to register, visit https://www.okczoo.org/summer-camps or call (405) 425-0218.

 

ONGOING: OKLAHOMA CITY CULTURE BOXES ON SALE NOW

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 including the OKC Zoo. 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.

 

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 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 the ultimate way to connect with the Zoo’s animals as you enjoy an exclusive look behind the scene. Connect with 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 favorite 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

 

Dive into a month of fun with these Zoo happenings! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is in its summer hours and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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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