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MAY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR OKC ZOO’S NEW MUST-SEE, SEASONAL EXPERIENCE, BRICKLIVE™ ANIMAL PARADISE OPENING TO THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY, MAY 7

Connect with wildlife through brick-built art as you experience the all new, seasonal BRICKLIVE™ Animal Paradise at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Debuting for the first time in Oklahoma at the OKC Zoo, BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise, features endangered animal statues made with more than one million toy bricks! This one-of-a-kind exhibit will be located within the Zoo’s butterfly garden area and is designed to connect wildlife fans to many of the planet’s endangered species while “building” an appreciation for conservation and biodiversity. BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise opens at the OKC Zoo on Saturday, May 7 and remains on display through Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Purchase a BRICKLIVE Bundle ticket and receive general Zoo admission plus unlimited admission to BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise and Stingray Bay plus all-day rides on the Endangered Species Carousel and Elephant Express Tram.  Bundle tickets are $28 for adults ages 12-64 and $25 for children ages 3-11. General admission for BRICKLIVE and seasonal ZOOfriends membership pass options will also be available at www.okczoo.org/tickets. Children 2 and under are free and do not require tickets for entry into BRICKLIVE.

 

ENROLL NOW FOR OKC ZOO SUMMER CAMP, 12 FULL WEEKS OF CAMP, MAY 23-AUGUST 12, 2022 – LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

There’s still time to enroll your young nature and animal lover in this season of summer camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The OKC Zoo’s weekly themed camps aim to provide opportunities for children to embrace their passions for and curiosity about wildlife and wild places at the perfect place in Oklahoma City to do so, the OKC Zoo. The OKC Zoo’s unique, week-long summer camps offer individually themed programs that include a variety of educational and hands-on S.T.E.A.M. activities designed to foster child’s interests in nature, conservation, science and, of course, animals! Campers will also enjoy in-park exploration, engaging activities, up-close encounters with animal ambassadors and unforgettable experiences. With a myriad of summer camp options to choose from, your kiddo is sure to find a program they are wild about. OKC Zoo summer camps are available for kids 4–17 and run for twelve weeks, Monday, May 23, through Friday, August 12, 2022. The cost is $275 per camper (ZOOfriends members) and $300 per camper (nonmembers) per week. Price does not apply to the Assistant Zookeeper Camp. Camps run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers must bring their own lunch and snacks. All Zoo camps will operate with enhanced safety and sanitation measures in place per CDC, city and state guidelines. Camp capacity is limited and advance registration is required. To learn more or to register, visit okczoo.org/summer-camps or call (405) 425-0218.

Do you know someone who is passionate about inspiring young minds and facilitating fun camp experiences? They may be a perfect fit for a summer camp position here at the OKC Zoo. Camp Lead candidates must be 18 years old and camp assistants must be at least 16 years old. Candidate for each must have experience working with children. College coursework in education or science preferred but not necessary. Visit OKC Zoo Camp Positions to apply.

 

2022 ZOO AMPHITHEATRE CONCERT EVENTS

Oklahoma City’s treasured outdoor concert venue, The Zoo Amphitheatre, presents an exciting concert season with the following events: 

For nearly eight decades, the Zoo Amphitheatre has been a mecca for musicians and music lovers alike. Managed by 3HORSE Productions, LLC, the Zoo Amphitheatre is adjacent to the Oklahoma City Zoo and remains one of Oklahoma City’s most enduring and unique attractions. To learn more about the Zoo Amphitheatre, current concert listings or for ticket information, visit www.thezooamphitheatre.com.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 1 THROUGH SATURDAY, MAY 7: OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU CELEBRATE NATIONAL WILDFLOWER WEEK, ZOO HOSTS SPRING PLANT SALE

Come together with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden and Bob Moore Subaru to celebrate National Wildflower Week, Sunday, May 1 through Saturday, May 7. The OKC Zoo will be sharing tips about gardening and conserving wild habitats from its horticulturists on its social media platforms throughout the week. The week-long celebration ends with a spring plant and OKC ZOO POO sale on Saturday, May 7, in the entry plaza from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The OKC Zoo’s experts will have an array of botanicals available for purchase. Additional activities include information stations and photo opportunities from Bob Moore Subaru. Plus, the Zoo will be selling its premium compost, OKC ZOO POO. This organic fertilizer sourced from many of your favorite Zoo animals including the Asian elephants, Indian rhinos and giraffe is the natural way to nurture your garden. OKC ZOO POO comes in two sizes - a small bag for $3.99 and a large reusable bag with pollinator seeds for $14.99. 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 6: JOIN THE OKC ZOO AT FASSLER HALL FOR PINTS FOR PUPS FUNDRAISER, SUPPORT AFRICAN WILD DOG CONSERVATION

Take “paws” for a good cause and join the Oklahoma City Zoo for its Pints for Pubs at Fassler Hall, OKC, in support of the Painted Dog Research Trust. Come meet Dr. Greg Rasmussen, conservationist and founder of the Painted Dog Research Trust. Dr. Rasmussen is an expert on African painted dogs and his organization is dedicated to the conservation of this endangered species. It is estimated that fewer than 5,000 African painted dogs remain in the wild. Make your way to Fassler Hall, 421 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City, on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. for a refreshing beverage and delicious bites, and 10% of food and beverage purchases during this time will support the Painted Dog Research Trust.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 7: OSTRICH EGG BREAKFAST HOSTED AT THE OKC ZOO

Join us for Oklahoma Zoological Society’s 35th annual Ostrich Egg Breakfast (OEB), Oklahoma City’s most celebrated breakfast event, happening at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Saturday, May 7, Mother’s Day weekend. Make it a “mom”orable morning as you enjoy delicious breakfast foods and spending time with family and friends in the unique setting of the Zoo. Guests will feast on a smorgasbord of pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled hens’ eggs, waffles and more – all served by the best volunteers in OKC at the Zoo’s Devon Picnic Grounds. This year choose between two session times: Early Birds from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the Brunch Bunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Select brunch cocktails including mimosas and Bloody Marys will be available for purchase at the brunch session. OEB seating is limited to 1,500 guests per breakfast session and advance reservations are required. New this year! Acknowledge the moms in your life with a one-of-a-kind Ostrich Egg Breakfast Mother’s Day gift set. Each gift set features an OEB event T-shirt and coffee mug, OKC ZOO POO and pollinator seed pack plus, a souvenir OEB “mom” temporary tattoo, and will be available for purchase at ZOOfriends’ office in the entry plaza. Purchase event tickets now at www.okczoo.org.

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 7: SAFE KIDS OKLAHOMA CELEBRATES SAFE KIDS DAY AT THE OKC ZOO

Mark your calendars, and plan on joining the fun at Safe Kids Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day will be full of family-friendly activities including a safety scavenger safari for kids, and information stations teaching guests how to stay safe on the road, at home and at play! Preventable injuries are the top contributor to childhood deaths in the United States, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Bring the family out to Safe Kids Day at the OKC Zoo and together learn how to keep your family safe. Learn more at www.safekids.org or www.safekidsok.org.

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 14: OKC ZOO PROVIDING AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS FOR GUESTS

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is proud to provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to create an enhanced Zoo visit for guests who are deaf and hard of hearing. ASL interpreters are available at the Zoo on the second Saturday of every month including Saturday, April 9, and present at the sea lion and elephant presentations plus, scheduled Wild Encounter experiences. Zoo guests are not charged a fee for the use of an ASL interpreter. Cost per person for the sea lion presentation is $5, children two and under are free to attend. Elephant presentations are free to attend and occur at 2 p.m. in the elephant pavilion at Sanctuary Asia. For a complete listing of available Wild Encounters visit okczoo.org.

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 14: OKC ZOO SPRING ANIMAL ENRICHMENT EVENT

Enjoy a fun-filled day at the Oklahoma City Zoo watching as members of the Zoo’s animal family interact with enrichment activities prepared for them by their caretakers. The Zoo will celebrate the changing seasons with special enrichment events throughout the year, beginning with this spring themed event on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event activities will focus around scent-based enrichment created by caretakers for many of the Zoo’s popular animals, and viewable to guests. Enrichment is the action of improving or enhancing the quality or experience of something the animal encounters. Animal caretakers at the Zoo use enrichment to enhance the quality of an animal’s habitat. Zoo guests may have seen caretakers add toys, feeders, ice treats or scents to encourage our animals’ natural abilities, ensuring they have different opportunities throughout the day. Guests will also have an opportunity to talk with the Zoo’s expert team members to learn more about the Zoo’s enrichment program. This event is free with admission. Handouts with the Spring Animal Enrichment Event schedule will be available at the Zoo’s Guest Services and ZOOfriends offices in the entry plaza. The schedule will also be available on the Zoo’s Facebook page.

 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 19: SIP AND STROLL, 21+ EVENING EVENT, AT THE OKC ZOO

Be seen sipping and strolling at the wildest spot in town – the OKC Zoo! Join the Oklahoma City Zoo for its third annual, Sip and Stroll, 21 and up event series. Presented by COOP Ale Works, Sip and Stroll is set for Thursday, May 19, from 6-10 p.m. and reoccurs every third Thursday through September. Guests 21 and older will enjoy evening safari through the majority of the Zoo to discover amazing animals, exclusive experiences–animal feedings and sea lion presentations–while sipping on delicious drinks along the way. Discover six themed “watering holes” featuring custom cocktails like The Long Neck and Spotted In Namibia inspired by our planet’s wildlife and wild places while highlighting what the Zoo is doing to protect the natural world through global conservation partnerships. With Sip and Stroll admission, $32/person, enjoy access to the sea lion presentation, elephant presentation, Stingray Bay, the Endangered Species Carousel and more. Sip and Stroll Drink Passports will be available for purchase for an additional $27 per person, allowing pass holders to enjoy a sample of all 6 specialty drinks. Drinks will also be available a la carte. Additional beverages and food will be available for purchase during Sip and Stroll from Zoo restaurants and local food trucks. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. This event will occur rain or shine. Remaining 2022 Sip and Stroll event dates include: May 19, June 16 (PRIDE Sip and Stroll), July 21, August 18 and September 15. Online reservations are required and can made when you purchase your ticket at www.okczoo.org/sipandstroll.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 21: OBI BLOOD DRIVE AT THE OKC ZOO

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Oklahoma Blood Institute are teaming up to help boost blood supplies this spring, offering those who donate blood on Saturday, May 21 a free OBI t-shirt and their choice of one free general admission ticket to the OKC Zoo. Tickets may be used throughout the remainder of the year. There is an increased need for blood donations this spring as many people are busy traveling and enjoying the warmer weather. Unfortunately, these factors have a negative impact on the blood supply. OBI needs 1,200 donors a day to maintain an adequate blood supply. The Zoo will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, May 21, at its Education Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more or make an appointment visit obi.org.

 

CURRENT OKC ZOO HAPPENINGS

 

OKC ZOO’S HIGHLIGHTS WILDLIFE OF THE WEEK

The Oklahoma City Zoo is going to WOW you with its Wildlife of the Week. Connect with the Zoo’s animal family in a new way with its Wildlife of the Week program. Each week, the OKC Zoo will highlight one of more than 600 unique animal species in our care on the Zoo’s Facebook page, @okczoo. Guests can also discover the Wildlife of the Week by scanning a QR code on the back of the Zoo’s park map or by visiting www.okczoo.org/wow.  

 

OKC ZOO SUMMER ATTRACTION SCHEDULE

There’s more to see and do at the OKC Zoo. Guests can pre-purchase tickets for these experiences when they purchase their admission tickets online at www.okczoo.org/tickets. By purchasing advance online admission tickets, you can bypass the Zoo’s ticket lines for faster entry into the park. This schedule is subject to change without notice. All rides and attractions are operational weather permitting.

  • BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise: Discover this safari of wildlife brick sculptures! Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. General admission for BRICKLIVE is $5/person plus, Zoo admission.

  • Camel Rides: Take your Zoo visit to new heights with a ride on a dromedary camel. Cost is $8 per person and rides will take place from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. Children under 6 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Other rules are posted at the habitat.

  • Children’s Zoo Barnyard: Meet our goats and sheep up close and in-person. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Endangered Species Carousel: Carousel rides are available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per person.

  • Elephant Presentation (Sanctuary Asia): These “ele”fantastic presentations are free to attend and occur Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

  • Giraffe Feeding Platform: Greet the Zoo’s gentle giants! Daily feeding opportunities from 2 to 3 p.m. Additional weekend feedings from 11 a.m. to noon beginning Saturday, May 28. Cost is $5 per person.

  • OKC Zoo Tram: Tour the Zoo in comfort while learning about its animal and 100+ year history. Tram travels from the Entry Plaza to Sanctuary Asia and are offered daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All day bracelets are $6 per person. Children two and under free.

  • Rhino Feedings: Our Indian rhinos are ready to meet you! Feedings occur at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Sanctuary Asia. Cost is $10 per person. Children age 2 and under are not permitted. 

  • Sea Lion Presentations: Don’t miss these educational and engaging presentations featuring the Zoo’s California sea lions and harbor seals! Daily presentation 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: Stingray Bay provides up-close encounters and feeding opportunities with one of the most majestic creatures of the sea, stingrays! Cost is $4 per person to enter. Daily hours 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. with feeding opportunities available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 to 2:30 p.m., while supplies last, for an additional $3 per person.

 

OKC ZOO’S WILD ENCOUNTERS PREMIERE BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCES 

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s Wild Encounters are a wild way to connect with some of your favorite Zoo animals. These ZOO-nique experiences offer wildlife fans an up-close encounter with Asian elephants, bears, 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.

 

OKC ZOO’S DAILY CARETAKER CHATS

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the Oklahoma City Zoo’s animal family from the expert themselves, our caretakers. Hear from these dedicated and passionate individuals as they share about the amazing wildlife they care for each and every day. These daily chats are free with regular Zoo admission and include:

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

  • Great apes (Great EscApe), 10:30 a.m.

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

 

OKC ZOO HIRING FOR PART-TIME POSITIONS FOR 2022 SPRING/SUMMER SEASON

Working at the OKC Zoo you’ll connect with people, wildlife and wild places. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is now hiring for dozens of spring and summer, part-time positions throughout the Zoo for its 2021 season. The OKC Zoo is hiring for four different groups and each have their own application process. Positions include OKC Zoo brand ambassadors, ride operators, tram drivers, zipline guides, cooks, and ZOOfriends membership and retail associates. 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.

 

ONGOING: OKC ZOO INVITES OKLAHOMA SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL MASCOT CHALLENGE

Calling all Oklahoma schools, the Oklahoma City Zoo has a special offer for you. According to the Chinese Zodiac 2022 is 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.

 

 

ONGOING: 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.

 

 

ONGOING: 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.

 

Bring on the Zoo days this May! The Oklahoma City Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. 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. To learn more about Zoo happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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