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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY

Celebrate International Cat Day on Sunday, August 8, with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden and Bob Moore Subaru to learn more about our purr-fect members of the cat kingdom. International Cat Day, presented locally by Bob Moore Subaru, will occur at the Cat Forest habitat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and highlight the Zoo’s feline family. Celebrate the day with a variety of hands-on activities and have the opportunity to watch the small cats enjoy some frozen “blood”sicle enrichment treats. Event activities are free with Zoo admission and include:

  • Kids Activities with Prizes: Event goers 11 and under will have opportunity to learn more about our small cats through interactive activities: Jump-O-Meter Activity (jump as high as Dodger the bobcat), Clouded Leopard Balance Beam Activity, Cat Facts Spin Wheel and a Cat-daptation Clues activity card.

  • Photo Opportunities, hosted by Bob Moore Subaru

  • Conservation Education Station

  • Facebook Live Chats: Tune in here, Facebook, for special livestreams featuring the Zoo’s small cat caretaker experts.

    • Caretaker Conservation Chat, 9:30 a.m.: Bobcat Dodger Training Session

    • Caretaker Conservation Chat, 11 a.m.: Fishing Cat “Blood”sicle Enrichment

 

There are 33 small wild cat species worldwide, and they can be found in a variety of habitats, from deserts, to grasslands, hills and mountains. The OKC Zoo is home to five small cat species including caracal, serval, fishing cat, bobcat and ocelot. Every small cat species can be found in the Zoo’s Cat Forest habitat.

Ten International Cat Day Facts

  • The main threat to caracals is habitat destruction caused by road and agriculture expansion.

  • Bobcats can capture prey eight times their size.

  • Ocelot populations are decreasing mainly because of habitat loss.

  • Servals have been given the nickname “giraffe cat” because of their long legs and neck.

  • Ocelot kittens are born with their spotted pattern. Every ocelot has a distinct coat pattern.

  • The serval population is stable. They prefer to live near wetlands where rodents are plentiful.

  • The caracal is the largest “small cat” that lives in Africa.

  • Bobcats are found throughout the United States and their population is stable.

  • Fishing cat populations are decreasing, because humans kill the cats for food and in retaliation for damaging fishing nets.

  • Fishing cat fur has two layers: a short undercoat to keep the animal dry in the water and a long, patterned overcoat, which provides camouflage.

 

“Feline” like a Zoo outing? The Oklahoma City Zoo is currently 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. A summer deal just for you, the Zoo is offering free general admission for guests, weekday afternoons during August 2-6; 9-13 and 16-20. Advance reservations are required at www.okczoo.org/tickets for all guests and ZOOfriends members wanting to visit, capacity is limited to six people per reservation.

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 FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTokLinktree 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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