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AUGUST HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

AUGUST 2–6, AUGUST 9–13 AND AUGUST 16–20: OKC ZOO OFFERS FREE GENERAL ADMISSION IN AFTERNOONS

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a summer deal for you with free general admission on select weekday afternoons for the first three weeks of August. On weekday afternoons of August 2–6, August 9–13 and August 16–20, from noon to 4 p.m., guests making an online reservation at www.okczoo.org/tickets will receive free general admission. Capacity is limited to six people per reservation. Attendance will be limited each afternoon to ensure appropriate social distancing among guests while in the park and a great Zoo experience for everyone. This offer applies to all guests–adults, seniors and children. Children two and under are always free. Connect with the Zoo’s wildlife for free on these dates:

  • Monday, August 2 through Friday, August 6, from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

*Online reservations open at noon on Monday, July 26 for this week.

  • Monday, August 9 through Friday, August 13, from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

*Online reservations open at noon on Monday, August 2 for this week.

  • Monday, August 16 through Friday, August 20, from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

*Online reservations open at noon on Monday, August 9 for this week.

All guests and ZOOfriends members wanting to visit must make an advance online reservation at www.okczoo.org/tickets.

 

 

NOW THROUGH OCTOBER:  2021 ZOO AMPHITHEATRE CONCERT SEASON

For almost eight decades, the Zoo Amphitheatre, has been a favorite destination for outdoor concerts, providing Oklahomans with a unique setting for enjoying live music. Go wild for this season’s lineup of events:

Managed by 3HORSE Productions, LLC, the Zoo Amphitheatre is adjacent to the Oklahoma City Zoo and remains one of Oklahoma City’s most treasured attractions. To learn more about the Zoo Amphitheatre or for ticket information, visit www.thezooamphitheatre.com.

 

 

NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31: OKC ZOO’S DINO SAFARI BRINGS PREHISTORIC GIANTS TO YOU

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. See these prehistoric giants come to life through 15 one-of-a-kind animatronic displays and 8 skeleton replicas located in the Zoo’s lush, 6-acre pollinator garden. 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 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.

  • CALL FOR DINO SQUAD VOLUNTEERS: The Oklahoma City Zoo’s DINO SQUAD needs you! This new volunteer opportunity is ideal for families and individuals. Need to brush up on your dinosaur facts? 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.

 

 

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

Experience the Oklahoma City Zoo’s newest event series, Breakfast with the Animal’s presented by Nutella®, Saturdays in August. No breakfast quite stacks up to this wild morning meal with Nutella and the Zoo’s California sea lions! Breakfast guests enjoy eating at the top of the Zoo’s sea lion stadium as they learn more about our amazing marine mammals 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

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 1 THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 31: ZOOFRIENDS ENCOURAGES WILDLIFE ENTHUSIASTS TO ENTER CAPTURE THE WILD PHOTO CONTEST

Picture this… your photos of your favorite OKC Zoo animals could be featured in the 2022 ZOOfriends’ calendar! The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS), ZOOfriends is hosting its annual Capture the Wild Photo Contest and entries will be accepted throughout the month of August. All photos will be categorized and judged in three divisions and winning images will be highlighted in the wildly popular ZOOfriends calendar. For official Capture the Wild Photo Contest details and rules, or to submit your entries, click here.

 

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 2 THROUGH TUESDAY, AUGUST 31: ASIAN ELEPHANT AWARENESS MONTH BEGINS

Are you an elephant fan? Give a thumbs up for these magnificent animals in celebration of August being Asian Elephant Awareness Month! The Oklahoma City Zoo is collaborating with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and international elephant conservation partners to raise awareness of the plight Asian elephants are facing, and empower the public to get involved in elephant conservation through an engaging social media campaign, #ThumbsUpTrunksUp. This unified effort aims to inspire wildlife fans to show their love for Asian elephants by posting photos and messages on social media with #ThumbsUpTrunksUp. During the month of August, give a “thumbs up” and show your love for elephants in your posts, remember to tag @okczoo. The OKC Zoo is home to seven Asian elephants, with a calf due in January 2022, and committed to providing opportunities for the community to show how much they care for this beloved animal. Along with the #ThumbsUpTrunksUp campaign, join the OKC Zoo and participate in these “ele”fantastic happenings also supporting elephant conservation: 

  • Cookies for Conservation with Eileen’s Colossal Cookies/August 2 through 31

Check out this sweet offer! The Oklahoma City Zoo is partnering with Eileen’s Colossal Cookies for elephant conservation. Beginning Monday, August 2 and continuing through Tuesday, August 31, for every frosted elephant cookie purchased at Eileen’s, $.50/per cookie will be donated to the OKC Zoo in support of Asian elephant conservation. Cookies will be available to purchase individually or trays of 6 cookies. Customers that purchase a tray of 6 will be entered to win an OKC Zoo Asian elephant Wild Encounter experience good for four people plus Zoo admission, with one drawing at each of the two participating locations, Edmond (1333 N Santa Fe, Edmond) and Nichols Hills (7700 N. May Ave, OKC) locations. For additional details, check out the Zoo’s Facebook.

  • World Elephant Day Celebration/Thursday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join the Oklahoma City Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru for World Elephant Day activities, learn more about the Zoo’s Asian elephants and how you can help save their counterparts in the wild. Event activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Zoo’s elephant habitat and are free with Zoo admission.

  • OKC Zoo’s Evening for Elephants at Chicken N Pickle/Thursday, August 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Ears” to celebrating Asian elephants! The Oklahoma City Zoo is excited to partner with Chicken N Pickle (8400 N Oklahoma Ave) and host a fundraising event, “Evening for Elephants,” in support of elephant conservation. Join the herd at Chicken N Pickle on Thursday, August 12, from 6-8 p.m., for a night of fun, good food and games. Chicken N Pickle will donate 10% of all sales from the event to support Asian elephant EEHV, elephant herpes virus, monitoring and treatment. Participants can meet members of the OKC Zoo’s elephant and rhino team and try their hand at playing a game of giant yard pong for a $3 donation per person to elephant conservation, a chance to win an “ele”rrific prize. For additional details, check out the Zoo’s Facebook.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 8: INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

“Feline” like a Zoo outing? Make plans to attend International Cat Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Sunday, August 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate the Zoo’s diverse population of small cats including fishing cats, ocelot, serval, caracal, bobcat. Hosted locally by Bob Moore Subaru, event activities will take place in Cat Forest and include an information station, scavenger safari with prizes, and interactive activities for kids 11 and under, animal enrichment, Facebook Live chats, photo opportunities and more. All event activities are free with Zoo admission. To learn more, visit the Zoo’s Facebook.

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12: WORLD ELEPHANT DAY PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

The Oklahoma City Zoo is celebrating World Elephant Day on Thursday, August 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Zoo’s Sanctuary Asia elephant habitat near the ZooZeum. Presented locally by Bob Moore Subaru, this is a special day to raise attention and awareness to the issues facing Asian elephants through event activities and #ThumbsUpTrunksUp social media campaign. Participates will be able to participate in a “trunk” load of event activities including an information station, interactive activities for kids with prizes, photo opportunities, Facebook live chats, a #ThumbsUpTrunksUp pledge station and more. World Elephant Day is a global event that helps bring attention to how individuals can help conserve and protect these gentle giants. The Sanctuary Asia’s elephant habitat is currently home to a multi-generational herd of seven elephants – Asha, 26; Chandra, 25; Bamboo, 54; Rex, 52; Kandula, 19; Achara, 6; and Kairavi, 2. Plus, Asha is pregnant and due to give birth in January 2022. All World Elephant Day events are free with Zoo admission. For additional details, check out the Zoo’s Facebook.

 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13: TICKETS FOR ZOOFRIENDS’ 13TH ANNUAL BEER TASTING FESTIVAL, ZOOBREW, GO ON SALE

Go wild for a great cause and purchase tickets to the 13th annual ZOObrew, hosted by the Oklahoma Zoological Society at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Craft beer fans will enjoy a wide variety of tastings from more than 60 local, and national beer from some of the finest breweries and distributors from Oklahoma and beyond, as well as other libations, including wine and specialty cocktail samples and non-alcoholic beverages. ZOObrew is a 21-and-up event. General tickets are $65 and $58.50 for ZOOfriends members and include admission, unlimited 2-ounce samples, commemorative 5-ounce tasting mug and lanyard. Designated Driver tickets are available for $15. VIP tickets are available for $110 and $99 for ZOOfriends members, are limited, and include what is in the general admission ticket and 5:30 p.m. early entry to the event as well as food vouchers, a t shirt, an exclusive sea-lion presentation, and access to the Zoo’s Dino Safari. Attendees must be 21 or older with a valid ID. Tickets must be purchased in advance at zoofriends.org/zoobrew.

 

 

NOW AVAILABLE:  DAILY CARETAKER CHATS

Meet the Oklahoma City Zoo’s expert caretakers at select animal habitats to learn about the animals in our care! These daily chats are free with regular Zoo admission and include:

  • Carnivores (Lion Overlook), 10 a.m.

  • Galapagos tortoises (Children’s Zoo), 10:30 a.m.

  • Asian elephants (Sanctuary Asia’s Boardwalk), Monday through Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

  • Great apes (Great EscApe), 1:30 p.m.

  • Cassowaries (Sanctuary Asia, near Lotus Pavilion), 3 p.m.

 

ONGOING: SHOP OKC ZOO’S NEW ONLINE STORE

Show off your Oklahoma City Zoo pride with exclusive wildlife plush, DINO SAFARI swag, toys, apparel and other souvenirs when you shop the Zoo’s new digital store. 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 STATEWIDE LIBRARY PROGRAM, READ FOR ADVENTURE, OFFERS FAMILY-FUN AND FREE ZOO TICKETS

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s statewide library program, Read for Adventure, is available offering Oklahoma families reading fun and free tickets to the OKC Zoo. Sponsored by OG&E, this year’s program features a new, original children’s book, Juniper’s Butterfly Garden, helps encourage kids to read with an inspiring story of a child’s journey as she learns about monarch butterflies. These valuable pollinators migrate annually through Oklahoma on their journey from central Mexico to southern Canada and both the OKC Zoo and OG&E are dedicated to conserving vital habitats for monarchs. 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, 2021. For a list of participating libraries, visit www.okczoo.org/readforadventure.

 

 

 

ONGOING: OKC ZOO ATTRACTIONS OPEN/SUMMER SEASON SCHEDULE

Safari-fy your day at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Enjoy a variety of daily attractions and experiences this summer season including camel rides, Endangered Species Carousel, lorikeet feedings, sea lion presentations, Stingray Bay and more. Daily capacity will be limited for each attraction to ensure social distancing among guests. Guests can pre-purchase tickets for all Zoo rides and attractions when they make their online reservation at http://www.okczoo.org/tickets or purchase them in the park. All rides and attractions are operational weather permitting and schedules are subject to change without notice.

 

 

ONGOING: OKLAHOMA CITY CULTURE BOXES AVAILABLE

Oklahoma City’s favorite attractions have partnered to make gift-giving a breeze with the Oklahoma City Culture Box! Find these one-of-a-kind gift boxes 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 unique cultural community and enriching experiences available that highlight a wide-range of interests including art, history, science, western culture and 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. All proceeds from 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 Zoo strongly encourages all unvaccinated guests to wear a face mask when in indoor habitats and Zoo buildings.

 

 

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 Zoo strongly encourages all unvaccinated guests to wear a face mask when in indoor habitats and Zoo buildings. For additional information, click here.

 

 

ONGOING: OKC ZOO KEYS

Turn up the fun with OKC Zoo Keys! Sponsored by Oklahoma’s Own News9, OKC Zoo Keys is an all-new reimaging of a popular Zoo activity that began in the 1960s. Guests of all ages can unlock recorded messages from more than 20 displays throughout the Zoo. This retro attraction features information about the Zoo’s signature species and conservation efforts and spoken by some of News9’s most popular anchors and meteorologists. There are five key options available in various colors. Each key is made from the same molds used to make keys for the OKC Zoo in the 1960s. In fact, vintage keys will also work to unlock current conservation messages. Cost is $4 per key. Zoo Keys are available for purchase daily at the Guest Services office, stroller window (Entry Plaza) and Explorikeet habitat in the Children’s Zoo. The Zoo strongly encourages all unvaccinated guests 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. Spend time with 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. The Zoo strongly encourages all unvaccinated guests to wear a face mask during encounters and when in indoor habitats and buildings. 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.

 

 

ONGOING: OKC ZOO’S CONSERVATION WRISTBANDS

Wildlife enthusiasts of all ages will go wild for the Oklahoma City Zoo’s original conservation wristbands. Choose from several different animal designs or collect them all! These one-of-a-kind wristbands 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.

     

Find your wild vibe and plan a visit to the Zoo in August! 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 FacebookTwitterInstagram 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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