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No trick, just a treat – world-renowned dinosaur expert, “Dino” Don Lessem, the CEO of DinoDon, Inc, the premiere maker of robot animals, is visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden and helping kick off the Zoo’s 38th annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Mega fans will go wild at the opportunity to meet “Dino Don” and as he “digs up” the dirt on all things dinosaur!

              On Saturday, October 9, Jurassic Park advisor, explorer and author, “Dino” Don Lessem, will share his expertise and passion about the most incredible creatures that ever lived with Haunt the Zoo guests during two educational presentations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Travel back to the age of dinosaurs with Dino Don as he talks in depth about these unique animals, how they evolved over time and where they roamed. Both sessions are free with Haunt the Zoo admission and will take place at the Zoo’s Devon Picnic Area, Roughneck Pavilion. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

              “We’re thrilled to host Dino Don and welcome our guests to meet the creative force behind the world’s most life-like dinosaurs and those featured at DINO SAFARI,” said Dwight Lawson, OKC Zoo’s executive director/CEO. “Don’s talent and passion for connecting people to learn more about these prehistoric creatures through science, education and immersive experiences is evident in his life’s work.”

“Can't wait to talk about discovering dinosaurs with Oklahoma City kids,” said “Dino” Don Lessem, CEO of DinoDon, Inc. “They are the real dinosaur experts!"

              Dino Don's dinosaurs are scientifically accurate and full-sized robots. Zoo guests can currently experience some of these creations in-person as they explore DINO SAFARI located in the Zoo’s lush, 6-acre pollinator garden. Dinosaur enthusiasts can see several creatures come to life through 15 one-of-a-kind animatronic displays and 8 skeleton replicas. Because of the popularity of DINO SAFARI, the Zoo is excited announce that the experience will remain open through Sunday, January 9, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Guests will enjoy exploring DINO SAFARI during the holiday season which will be a feature attraction of the Zoo’s newest event, Safari Lights, opening Saturday, November 6.


About Haunt the Zoo for Halloween

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s 38th annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween begins Saturday, October 9 and continues Saturdays and Sundays through October 31. Presented by Oklahoma’s own News 9, Haunt the Zoo brings Oklahoma families together to celebrate the Halloween season in a wild way. Combining outdoor fun with safe, contact-free trick-or-treating, festive activities and the Zoo’s wildlife – it’s an instant fall favorite for all involved. Trick-or-treating is available each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through timed ticketing. With this year’s new combo ticket, guests can experience the excitement of collecting candy along the Haunt the Zoo trail and exploring DINO SAFARI. Haunt the Zoo tickets are on sale now at

Trick-or-treaters will be in the candy zone as they collect treats from friendly volunteers at 13 candy stations located along the Haunt the Zoo trail. Volunteers will distribute candy and tasty snacks through 8-foot “treat tubes” into trick-or-treat bags from a safe distance. Fans are welcome to wear Halloween costumes.

Make it a dino-mite Halloween with Haunt the Zoo and DINO SAFARI! The Oklahoma City Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Advance tickets are required for all guests and ZOOfriends members and can be purchased at  Zoo tickets are limited each day to ensure safe social distancing among guests. 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 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


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