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OKC Zoo News Releases

FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

OKC ZOO’S WINTER HOURS CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s winter hours continue and the park will be open Thursdays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. The Zoo is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Wednesday, February 9. Purchase advance admission tickets at okczoo.org/tickets and bypass the entry lines.

 

FEBRUARY 1: OKC ZOO LAUNCHES SCHOOL MASCOT CHALLENGE

Calling all Oklahoma schools, the Oklahoma City Zoo has a special offer for you. February marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger and to honor this occasion the OKC Zoo is hosting a School Mascot Challenge, encouraging Oklahoma schools to permanently change their school mascot to any animal or insect. Any Oklahoma school, elementary to high school, that permanently changes their school mascot to represent any wildlife species will receive free general Zoo admission for everyone at the school. The tiger is the most popular school mascot in Oklahoma but unfortunately, this iconic animal is critically endangered with populations continuing to decline in the wild. We hope this challenge will inspire students and their communities to think about the state of wildlife here in Oklahoma and around the world by choosing a new school mascot that can have a deeper connection to conservation. This challenge continues through May 1, 2023 and does not apply to schools who already have an animal or insect as their mascot. Learn more at www.okczoo.org/mascot.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3 THROUGH THURSDAY, MARCH 31: HEALTHCARE WORKERS & EMERGENCY RESPONDERS APPRECIATION MONTH AT THE OKC ZOO

From February 3 through March 31, 2022, the Oklahoma City Zoo is honoring all healthcare workers and emergency responders with free general Zoo admission and 50% off general admission for up to four guests (on date of visit) in recognition of Healthcare Workers and Emergency Responders Appreciation Month. Healthcare workers and emergency responders must present a valid work ID or badge at the Zoo’s ticket window upon arrival to receive complimentary admission for themselves and discounts for up to four accompanying guests. Advance reservations are not required. Throughout February and March, healthcare workers and emergency responders will enjoy additional discounts while in the park, with proof of a valid work ID or badge, including 10% off concessions at Zoo restaurants and cafés, 10% off merchandise at the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop as well as $10 off the purchase of any ZOOfriends membership level, new or renewal! The healthcare professional or emergency responder must be named on the membership. Memberships must be purchased in-person at the ZOOfriends membership office located in the Zoo’s entry plaza.

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7 THROUGH MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14: OKLAHOMA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY’S “LOVE YOUR ZOO” DIGITAL VALENTINES

Looking for a wildly fun way to recognize your favorite people this Valentine’s Day? Send a virtual OKC Zoo valentine! From Monday, February 7 through Monday, February 14, you can donate in honor of a loved one and send a virtual Valentine’s Day. These uniquely themed cards feature select Zoo animals and are sure brighten any recipients’ day! Text LoveYourZoo to 41444 or visit www.zoofriends.org/loveyourzoo to make your gift and send your card. Have multiple Valentines? Each gift buys you the opportunity to send a different card to another recipient. Quick Tip: Have your loved one’s email address ready to input for them to receive their virtual Valentine!

 

ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN FOR OKC ZOO’S SCHOOLS OUT DAY CAMP FOR SPRING BREAK 2022: AROUND THE WORLD

Young explorers will enjoy learning about the world’s wondrous wildlife and wild places with the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Spring Break Camp 2022. Enrollment is now open for this week-long camp experience. The OKC Zoo’s education department offers daily activities that correspond with the camp’s theme, Around the World, that include educational activities, in-park exploration, up-close animal ambassador visits and more. Spring break camps are set for Monday, March 14, through Friday, March 18. Schools Out Day Camps are available for children ages 4–12. The cost is $45 per camper (members) and $50 per camper (nonmembers) per day. Camps run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (pick up is from 4-4:30 p.m.) 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 https://www.okczoo.org/spring-break or call (405) 425-0218.

 

NOW THROUGH APRIL 30: GORILLAS ON THE LINE CELLPHONE CHALLENGE

Donate a cellphone, make a difference for gorillas. Support the Oklahoma City Zoo in its efforts to protect wild gorillas and their habitat by donating old or used cellphones to the Gorillas on the Line Cell Phone Challenge now through Saturday, April 30, 2022. Donate a cellphone or small electronic and receive a free general Zoo admission ticket! Recycling old cellphones and electronics raises funds to directly support gorilla conservation initiatives through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Gorilla SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction programs. Answer the call for gorillas and donate a device now through April 30. Schools, organizations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to collect as many cell phones and electronics as they can in support of gorilla conservation. Donated items can be dropped off for recycling in the Zoo’s Guest Services office located in the entry plaza during regular park hours.

 

ONGOING: OKC ZOO HIRING FOR PART-TIME POSITIONS

Give your career some adventure! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is now hiring for dozens of spring and summer, part-time positions throughout the Zoo for its 2022 season. Positions include OKC Zoo brand ambassadors, ride operators, tram drivers, zipline guides and more. Team members must be quick-thinking, organized, courteous, knowledgeable, able to follow clear directions, outgoing and friendly. The ability to speak with guests, answer guest questions and provide solutions to problems is essential. Pay ranges from $10.25 per hour and up with great benefits. To learn more about these employment opportunities or to apply, visit https://www.okczoo.org/jobs.

 

 

ZOO-RIFFIC VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

 

ZOOFRIENDS MEMBERSHIPS

Surprise your Valentine with a ZOOfriends membership and allow them to experience the Oklahoma City Zoo as only a member can! ZOOfriends members enjoy unlimited visits to the OKC Zoo for an entire year, additional benefits and discounts plus, life-time memories and wild experiences! Memberships start at $45 and can be purchased at ZOOfriends.org

 

SHOP OKC ZOO’S SAFARI GIFT SHOP, ONLINE STORE

Find the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop. Discover a variety of nature-inspired gifts, apparel, wildlife plush, toys and more when you shop the Zoo’s digital store or stop by the Safari Gift Shop in-person. Located in the Zoo’s Entry Plaza, the Safari Gift Shop, is during regular Zoo hours and admission is not required to shop. Show your love for wildlife and wild places and Round Up for Conservation when you make your purchases. All proceeds benefit the Zoo’s conservation efforts.

 

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

Art Gone Wild, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s selection of animal paintings, are one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion. With assistance from their caretakers, the Zoo’s talented animal artists have created an array of paintings available for purchase. 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. Original pieces range from $35 to $300, depending on size. 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, open during regular park hours.

 

OKC ZOO’S WILD ENCOUNTER

These ZOO-nique experiences offer wildlife fans an up-close encounter with some of their favorite Zoo animals–Asian elephants, sea lions and more. Meet the OKC Zoo’s expert caretakers while learning about the animals they care for and how the Zoo is working to protect their wild counterparts. The Zoo’s Wild Encounters are available daily and each experience comes with a souvenir lanyard. Groups are limited to 10 people of any age. 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 ZOO HAPPENINGS

 

WINTER HOURS FOR OKC ZOO RIDES, ATTRACTIONS

The Oklahoma City Zoo offers year-round fun with its 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.

  • Caretaker Chat Schedule: Chats will occur if temps are 45 degrees or warmer, free to attend.

  • Carnivores at Lion Overlook daily at 10 a.m.

  • Asian Elephants on Sanctuary Asia’s Boardwalk Mon. - Thurs. at 11:30 a.m.

  • Great Apes at Great Escape daily at 1:30 p.m.

  • Cassowaries by Sanctuary Asia’s Lotus Pavilion daily at 3 p.m.

  • Children’s Zoo Barnyard Area: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Elephant Express Tram: Rides, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $6/person, kids 2 and under free. Stops available at Sanctuary Asia and Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. Tram wristbands available at stroller window (Entry Plaza), Guest Services and at the Tram itself.

  • Elephant Presentation (Elephant Pavilion, Sanctuary Asia): Get to know our Asia elephants and their caretakers during these educational presentations. Weekends (Fri., Sat. and Sun.) at 2 p.m., free to attend.

  • 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 colorful, 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • OKC Zoo Tram: Experience a relaxing and informative tour through the Zoo. Rides offered daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All day bracelets are $6 per person. Children two and under free.

  • 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. 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: Catch the wave for a “touching” experience at Stingray Bay. Participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Cost: $4 per person. Children two and under are free. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, when temperatures allow, 55 degrees or warmer.

 

 

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

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s statewide library program, Read For Adventure, connects Oklahoma families to literacy and togetherness 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.

Embrace your love for wildlife and wild places and plan an OKC Zoo day! The Oklahoma City Zoo is in its winter hours and open Thursdays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. The park is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Wednesday, February 9. Purchase advance tickets for general admission at www.okczoo.org/tickets. 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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