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OKC Zoo News Releases

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS

RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN FOR NEW OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS, SAT., NOV. 6 THROUGH SUN., JAN 9

Brighten your holiday nights with OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s new festive light event. Make your reservations now to attend OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS featuring over 50 larger-than-life, wildlife themed light sculptures viewable on a driving tour through the Zoo. Discover the wonder and magic beginning Saturday, November 6, with animated light displays, festive treats, kids’ activities and weekend visits with Santa. In addition to the drive-thru experience, OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS includes an additional walking experience with interactive light exhibits, musical light performances and lots of festive touches as guests discover the Zoo’s entry plaza, Children’s Zoo and DINO SAFARI. Advance online reservations are required for OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS driving tours. No drive-up purchases will be allowed. Tickets are limited to ensure optimal guest experience. Admission for the drive-thru experience is $50/vehicle for ZOOfriends members or $60/vehicle (non-members) this fee includes up to 4 walk-thru admission tickets. Admission for the walk-thru only is $10/guest ages 3 and up for ZOOfriends members or $12/guest ages 3 and up (non-members). OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS is happening Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. each night. Beginning Monday, November 8 and continuing through Sunday, January 9, OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS is open from 5:30 to 11 p.m. nightly including holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Prepare for this holly, jolly time of year and purchase your tickets for OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS today at okczoo.org/safari-lights.

 

OKC ZOO IS HIRING FOR FALL/WINTER POSITIONS

The Oklahoma City Zoo is now hiring for fall and winter part-time positions, including tram drivers, cashiers, brand ambassadors and more. Evening hours are available. Starting hourly pay ranges from $10.25 to $10.75. Apply online today at www.okczoo.org/careers.

 

NOW THROUGH TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30: OKC ZOO SALUTES: MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is honoring our military men and women during Military Appreciation Month and throughout November all active duty, retired, veteran members of the military, National Guard and Reserves will receive free general Zoo admission, and special discounts while in the park. Military members will also receive 50% off of general Zoo admission for up to four immediate family members on date of visit. Valid military ID is required to receive complimentary general admission. Discounts are available at any Zoo ticket window, reservations are not required. Military members will enjoy the following discounts while visiting the Zoo during November with proof of valid ID:

  • 10% off all available Wild Encounter experiences.

  • 10% off concessions and merchandise at the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop.

  • $10 off any membership level! Military members must be named on the membership.  

For additional information about Military Appreciation Month visit okczoo.org.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1: WINTER HOURS BEGIN FOR OKC ZOO RIDES, ATTRACTIONS

The Oklahoma City Zoo offers year-round fun with its one-of-a-kind rides and attractions. With the seasonal change, the Zoo has implemented revised hours for many of its experiences. Capacity is limited for all rides and attractions to maintain adequate social distancing and tickets can be pre-purchased online at http://www.okczoo.org/tickets or in the park. All rides and attractions are operational weather permitting and schedules are subject to change without notice.

  • Elephant Express Tram: Take a guided tour of the park! Rides offered daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All day bracelets are $6 per person. Children two and under free.

  • Endangered Species Carousel: Carousel rides are available daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $3 per person.

  • Explorikeet Feedings (Children’s Zoo): These feathered favorites are waiting to meet you! Feeding opportunities are available daily from 11 a.m. to 4 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, weather-permitting, in the Children’s Zoo habitat from 11-11:30 a.m. daily and 3:30-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 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: Have you “herd” you can feed our giraffes! Weekend (Sat. and Sun.) feeding opportunities from 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:  Discover this memorable experience with one of the most magical residents at the Zoo – an Indian rhino! Feeding opportunities available weekends (Fri., Sat. and Sun.) from 11:30 a.m. to noon. at Sanctuary Asia. 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: “Sea” what these engaging presentations featuring the Zoo’s California sea lions and harbor seals are all about! Weekend (Fri., Sat. and Sun.) presentations at 1 p.m. at the Zoo’s Sea Lion Presentation Stadium. Cost is $5 per person. Children two and under are free.

  • Stingray Bay: Our stingrays will bring a smile to your face as you participate in this up-close encounter. Stingray Bay is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $4 per person to enter. Stingray feedings are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 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. 

 

NOW AVAILABLE: OKLAHOMA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY’S PREDATOR PASS ANIMAL ADOPTION

To commemorate the opening of the Oklahoma City Zoo’s new Predator Pass, state-of-the-art habitat for the Zoo’s cheetahs and African painted dogs, the Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS)’s is offering a special Predator Pass Animal Adoption. Animal Adoptions are a great way to help the OKC Zoo and its animal family. Your generous donation helps supply the OKC Zoo with important funding for conservation initiatives and programs. Each Predator Pass Adoption includes an African painted dog and cheetah plush set, a personalized adoption certificate, tote bag, postcard, fact sheet, activity pamphlet and name recognition on the ZOOfriends website for one year. Predator Pass Adoptions are $99 each and available for purchase at www.zoofriends.org/animal-adoption

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5: OKC ZOO HOSTS PARENTS NIGHT OUT PROGRAM

Parents, need a night out? The Oklahoma City Zoo’s education team is ready to give you a break and provide your little ones with an engaging experience during our Parents Night Out program. Program activities include a Zoo-themed lesson, craft activity, pizza dinner, a nighttime tour on grounds and a movie. Program capacity is limited to 15 kids to ensure safe social distancing. Ages: 4-11 years old. Program starts at 6 p.m. with pick up as late as 10 p.m. Prices are $30/child, $25/additional child (members) and $40/child, $35/additional child (nonmembers). Enroll your kiddo(s) today at okczoo.org/overnight-programs.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21: OKC ZOO CO-HOSTS COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVES WITH BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF OKLAHOMA

The Oklahoma City Zoo in partnership with Boy Scouts of America and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma asks you to help end hunger in Oklahoma. Donate a can or box of non-expired/non-perishable food to the OKC Zoo from Saturday, November 6 through Sunday, November 21, and receive free admission to DINO SAFARI, a $6 value. One discount per person per food item donated. General admission to visit the Zoo is still required. The Zoo is proud to co-host these two food drives in support of Boy Scouts of America (Sat., Nov. 6–Sat., Nov. 13) and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (Sun., Nov. 14–Sun., Nov. 21). Food donations can be dropped off at the Zoo’s ticket windows. 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7: OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU HOST NATIONAL BISON DAY

Join the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden and Bob Moore Subaru for National Bison Day on Sunday, November 7, and celebrate the most majestic animal of the plains, the bison. Presented locally by Bob Moore Subaru, Zoo guests are invited come together to honor the iconic bison, America’s official National Mammal and the significant role it has played in our country’s history including America’s first wildlife conservation success story. Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the Zoo’s bison, Mary Ann, Yarrow and Verbena, and the collective efforts being taken to preserve this species and their natural habitats. Event activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include an animal enrichment session, Facebook Live chats, kids’ activities with prizes, information stations, photo opportunities hosted by Bob Moore Subaru and more–all free with Zoo admission. November also marks Military Appreciation Month at the Zoo and all active and retired military members will enjoy free general Zoo admission for themselves and 50% off general admission for up to four family members. Learn more at facebook.com/okczoo.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11: OKC ZOO IS OPEN ON VETERANS DAY, FROM 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M.

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19: OKC ZOO FAMILY OVERNIGHT, DINO ADVENTURE

Journey back in time to the age of dinosaurs for an unforgettable night with the Oklahoma City Zoo’s family camp out program, DINO ADVENTURE. Hosted by the Zoo’s education team, this family-friendly program invites participants to experience all things camping in the safe and exciting setting of the Zoo. Campers will pitch their own tent on Zoo grounds, take an evening Zoo hike and snack on s’mores. During this DINO ADVENTURE, participants will also explore DINO SAFARI, featuring life-sized, scientifically accurate animatronic dinosaurs, by flashlight, make their own fossils and meet some of the Zoo’s modern dinosaurs. A dino-mite time you won’t want miss! This program includes a light breakfast and Zoo admission for the next day. Participants must provide their own tent and gear. Program runs from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. and is ideal for ages 4 and older. Children must have an adult enrolled with them. Cost is $35 per person. Program capacity is limited to ensure safe social distancing so register early at okczoo.org/overnight-programs.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 THROUGH WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24: OKC ZOO’S SCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMPS

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s School’s Out Day Camps offer a unique educational experience for students during school breaks and holidays. These daily themed camps include educational activities, in-park exploration, up-close animal ambassador visits and more. School’s Out Day Camps are available for children ages 4 to 11. The cost is $45 per camper (members) and $50 per camper (nonmembers) per day. Camps run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with after-care provided from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for $10/day. at the OKC Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center. Campers must bring their lunch and snacks. Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, visit okczoo.org/schools-out or call (405) 425-0218. November School’s Out Day Camps dates and themes are:

  • Monday, November 22: How We Care for Animals – Learn what it takes to be a great animal caretaker.  

  • Tuesday, November 23: Enrichment – From fish kabobs to sniffing for scents, enrichment is important to the daily care of our amazing animal family.

  • Wednesday, November 24: How Animals Help Us! – Searching for land mines and aiding someone with a door? All in a day’s work for some animal partners. Learn about how animals help humans each and every day.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25: THANKSGIVING DAY, OKC ZOO IS CLOSED FOR THE DAY BUT OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS IS OPEN

Add a little festive cheer to your Thanksgiving Day holiday and experience OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS. The Zoo’s new festive light event will be open on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made at okczoo.org/safari-lights. The Zoo is closed to guests during the day on November 25.

 

ONGOING OKC ZOO HAPPENINGS

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

It’s that gift-giving time of year and Art Gone Wild, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s collection of original animal paintings, make wonderful gifts for the wildlife lovers in your life. Members of the Zoo’s animal family including elephants, giraffe, large and small cats, various reptiles, sea lions and more have created an array of paintings all on display and available for purchase in the Zoo’s Guest Services office. With the help of their caretakers, each animal uses its own technique to express their creative side onto the canvas. Art Gone Wild is part of the Zoo’s enrichment program and the paints are safe for the animals to use as they are non-toxic and washable. Prices for these wild works of art range from $35 to $300, depending on size. These one-of-a-kind creations also make exciting gifts for everyone on your holiday list so shop now! All net proceeds benefit one of the Zoo’s conservation initiatives. Art Gone Wild paintings are on display in the Zoo’s Guest Services office located in the Entry Plaza from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Masks are required for all guests 11 and older upon entry into Guest Services.

 

OKC ZOO’S STATEWIDE LIBRARY PROGRAM, READ FOR ADVENTURE, BRINGS OKLAHOMANS TOGETHER THROUGH READING, FREE ZOO TICKETS

Check out Read for Adventure, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s statewide library program, that connects Oklahoma families to literacy and family fun in a wild way. Sponsored by OG&E, the program’s feature book, Juniper’s Butterfly Garden, inspires kids to read the story of a child’s discovery of monarch butterflies and why it’s important to protect them. 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 expire June 30, 2022. For a list of participating libraries, visit www.okczoo.org/readforadventure.

 

OKC ZOO’S WILD ENCOUNTERS

The Oklahoma City Zoo provides you with an exclusive look at what happens behind the Zoo scene with Wild Encounters! These unique experiences provide an up-close encounter with some of your favorite Zoo animals – bears, bison, elephants, sea lions and more. Connect with our expert caretakers and learn about the animals they care for each and every day and the Zoo’s efforts to conserve their wild counterparts. Wild Encounters are available daily and each experience comes with a souvenir lanyard. These unique experiences are also a great gift idea for the holidays! 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 KEYS CONNECT GUESTS TO THEIR FAVORITE ANIMALS, FUN FACTS

A popular Zoo activity that began in the 1960s, OKC Zoo Keys continue to be fan favorite. With Oklahoma City Zoo Keys, sponsored by Oklahoma’s Own News9, guests of all ages can unlock recorded messages from more than 20 displays throughout the Zoo. Each display shares information about the Zoo’s beloved animals and conservation efforts voiced by some of News9’s well-known anchors and meteorologists. Choose from various key options and colors. 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.

 

OKC ZOO POO AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a never-ending supply of its premium compost, OKC ZOO POO, ready for you to buy! Sourced from organic plant material and members of the Zoo’s animal family including the Asian elephants, Indian rhinos, giraffe and various hoofstock, OKC ZOO POO will give your garden a natural boost. Stop in the Zoo’s Guest Services office, located in the Entry Plaza, to purchase OKC ZOO POO today. To learn more, call (405) 425-0262 or visit okczoo.org.

 

OKC ZOO’S CONSERVATION WRISTBANDS

Show your love and support for the OKC Zoo with our one-of-a-kind conservation wristbands. These wild 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 conservation programs both locally and globally. From butterfly to bison and giraffe to gorilla, there are 10 different animal designs available. 

Fall is in full swing with these OKC Zoo happenings! The Oklahoma City Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days, with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. Purchase advance tickets at 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramLinktree 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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