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OKC ZOO ADJUSTS ITS HOURS TO HELP GUESTS AVOID EXTREME SUMMER WEATHER

As Oklahoma continues to experience record-breaking temperatures, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is adjusting its summer hours to allow guests to visit earlier to connect with wildlife and wild places. Beginning Monday, July 25 and continuing through Wednesday, August 31, OKC Zoo hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 2 p.m.

Take advantage of the Zoo opening at 8 a.m. and start your summer safaris early! Many of the Zoo’s animals are more active in the morning and as the day warms up, they are given access to their indoor habitats, allowing them the choice to go inside and cool down. Zoo amenities including mist machines and fans plus climate control, indoor areas at Great EscApe, Cat Forest, Oklahoma Trails, the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital and the Zoo’s two restaurants, The Canopy and Lotus Pavilion, provide various opportunities for guests to cool down as well. Plus, little ones will go wild for the Zoo’s water play features located in the Children’s Zoo and at Sanctuary Asia. Guests are also welcome to bring their own drinks and refillable, reusable water bottles into the park and are encouraged to hydrate while exploring the Zoo. The Zoo’s adjusted summer schedule will not impact the daily care and welfare the Zoo provides its animals.  

For all guests wanting to explore the Zoo’s splash pads, misters and indoor attractions in the warm August afternoons, the Zoo is offering free general admission for all guests from noon to 2 p.m. on weekdays from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 19.

The fun keeps stacking up as you discover the OKC Zoo’s all new BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise sponsored by Devon. Debuting for the first time in Oklahoma at the Zoo, BRICKLIVE features over 45 life-sized animal statues made with almost two million toy bricks. BRICKLIVE is designed to connect wildlife fans to many of the planet’s endangered animal species while “building” an appreciation for conservation and biodiversity. The exhibit focuses on four wildlife habitats including wildlands, snow and ice, ocean and jungle. BRICKLIVE is on display in the Zoo’s butterfly garden area now through October 30, 2022, during regular Zoo hours. BRICKLIVE bundle and daily admission tickets are available for purchase at www.okczoo.org/tickets.

Beat the heat with the OKC Zoo’s adjusted summer hours, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 2 p.m., effective July 25 through August 31. Purchase advance tickets for general Zoo admission and BRICKLIVE 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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