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AUGUST HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

EXPERIENCE OKC ZOO’S MUST-SEE, SEASONAL EXHIBIT BRICKLIVE™ ANIMAL PARADISE OPEN DAILY THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022

  • Stack up hours of fun as you explore the all new, seasonal BRICKLIVE™ Animal Paradise at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Sponsored by Devon this must-see, seasonal exhibit connects guests of all ages with wildlife through brick-built, life-sized animal displays constructed with more than two million toy bricks! Seen for the first time in Oklahoma at the OKC Zoo, BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise, is located within the Zoo’s butterfly garden area and is designed to educate wildlife fans about many of the planet’s endangered species while building an appreciation for conservation and biodiversity. While on your BRICKLIVE adventure, visit the interactive toy brick area setup in the lower level of the Zoo’s aquatics building. Here young builders, 11 and under, can let their imagination run wild as they play with and use thousands of bricks to construct their own creations. Looking for a brick-tastic birthday party location? The Zoo is also offering a BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise Birthday Package while the exhibit is open through October. Create fun memories for your child’s special day with this limited birthday package offer. To learn more or book a party, click here. BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise will remain on display through Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily through Wednesday, August 31 and until 4:30 p.m. from September 1 through October 30. Event tickets are available at www.okczoo.org. Go wild and purchase a BRICKLIVE Bundle ticket to 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.

 

NOW THROUGH WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31: ADJUSTED SUMMER HOURS AT THE OKC ZOO

  • Take a break from the heat and visit the Oklahoma City Zoo early! The OKC Zoo is adjusting its summer hours to allow guests to visit earlier to connect with wildlife and wild places. Now through Wednesday, August 31, Zoo hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 2 p.m. Zoo attractions, experiences and concessions will be open daily with adjusted schedules. To learn more or purchase your admission tickets in advance, visit www.okczoo.org.

 

NOW THROUGH WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31: OKC ZOO CELEBRATES ASIAN ELEPHANT AWARENESS MONTH

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo, in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and International Elephant Conservation partners, is celebrating Asian Elephant Awareness Month in August. This global effort aims to raise awareness of the plight Asian elephants are facing, and inspire the public to get involved in elephant conservation through a social media campaign, #AsianElephantAwarenessMonth. Since 2019, Asian Elephant Awareness Month has inspired over 40 million wildlife fans to show their love for Asian elephants by posting photos and messages on social media. Help us keep the posts, likes and love growing with #AsianElephantAwarenessMonth and remember to tag @okczoo. The OKC Zoo is committed to the conservation of Asian elephants and their habitat through its worldwide partnerships. Asian elephants are endangered, facing unique challenges that threaten the species’ survival. Asian elephant populations in the wild have fallen below 40,000. The 13 nations that make up the natural habitat of Asian elephants have the densest human population on the planet and, as a result, vital habitat for elephants has been reduced by over 90% in 40 years. Furthermore, Asian elephants are much more susceptible than African elephants to EEHV, a fast-moving virus with a 60% fatality rate. The Zoo is home to a multi-generational herd of eight Asian elephants ranging in ages from 55 to six-month-old calf, Rama! Additionally, the Zoo will be hosting these happenings in August in support of Asian elephant conservation:

Cookies for Conservation with Eileen’s Colossal Cookies/August 1 through 31: Check out this sweet offer for elephant conservation. Beginning Monday, August 1 and continuing through Wednesday, August 31, for every frosted elephant cookie purchased at Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, $.50/per cookie will be donated to the OKC Zoo in support of Asian elephant conservation. Cookies will be available to purchase individually or trays of 6 cookies. Customers that purchase a tray of 6 will be entered to win an OKC Zoo Asian elephant Wild Encounter experience good for four people plus Zoo admission, with one drawing at each of the two participating locations, Edmond (1333 N Santa Fe, Edmond) and Nichols Hills (7700 N. May Ave, OKC) locations. For additional details, check out the Zoo’s Facebook.

World Elephant Day Celebration Presented by Bob Moore Subaru/Friday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Join the Oklahoma City Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru for World Elephant Day activities, learn more about the Zoo’s Asian elephants and how you can help save their counterparts in the wild. Event activities are free with Zoo admission.

Chicken N Pickle Green Cup Campaign Spotlight: The OKC Zoo/August 1-15: Think green for elephants! From Monday, August 1 through Monday, August 15, when you purchase a drink and upgrade to a green cup at the Oklahoma City Chicken N Pickle location (8400 N Oklahoma Ave), a portion of the proceeds will benefit Asian elephant conservation.

OKC Zoo’s Evening for Elephants at Chicken N Pickle/Friday, August 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.: Oklahoma City Zoo is excited to partner with Chicken N Pickle (8400 N Oklahoma Ave) and host a fundraising event, “Evening for Elephants,” in support of elephant conservation. Join us for a night of fun, good food and games. Follow the Zoo on social to learn more.

 

NOW THROUGH FRIDAY, AUGUST 19: OKC ZOO OFFERS FREE GENERAL ADMISSION ON SELECT WEEKDAY AFTERNOONS

  • Enjoy a little summer adventure with free general admission to the Oklahoma City Zoo! The OKC Zoo is offering free general admission on select weekday afternoons from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 19, from noon to 2 p.m. each day. This offer applies to all guests–adults, seniors and children. Children two and under are always free. Stay cool during your afternoon Zoo outings and explore the park’s splash pads, misters, fans and indoor attractions. Plus, guests are welcome to bring their own drinks and refillable, reusable water bottles into the Zoo!

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5: PREBREW TICKETS ON SALE FOR ZOOBREW PRESENTED BY BYRON’S LIQUOR WAREHOUSE AT THE OKC ZOO

  • The 14th annual ZOObrew, Oklahoma's largest outdoor beer tasting festival, returns to the OKC Zoo on Friday, September 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Presented by Byron’s Liquor Warehouse, ZOObrew invites craft beer fans, 21 and older, to tap into their wild side as they enjoy a variety of tastings from over 50 breweries located in Oklahoma and beyond. The event includes food trucks, a DJ, Zoo experiences and more! Join the pre-event scene with PREbrew from 4 to 6 p.m. PREbrew admission, $115/person, includes early entry to the event from 4-6 p.m., unlimited beer samplings until 9 p.m., free food from PREbrew food stations until 7 p.m., a limited-edition shirt, access to the sea lion presentation, lorikeet experience, carousel and BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise. A PREbrew Designated Driver admission ticket is $40/person and does not include unlimited beer sampling. PREbrew tickets go sale Friday, August 5 at www.okczoo.org/zoobrew and are limited.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 8: HAUNT THE ZOO FOR HALLOWEEN VOLUNTEER SIGN UP OPEN!

  • Volunteering so fun, it’s scary! The Oklahoma City Zoo is needing volunteers to help with the 39th annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween, Oklahoma’s largest trick-or-treating event! With unique trick-or-treating methods in place, it's sure to be a safe and memorable experience for our guests, staff and volunteers. Haunt the Zoo occurs Saturdays and Sundays, October 8 through 30. Volunteers must 14 or older and any volunteer under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This volunteer opportunity is ideal for individuals and families plus, civic, school and corporate groups. To learn more to register for this event visit www.okczoo.org/events.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 8: INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY HOSTED BY OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru are coming together to host International Cat Day on Monday, August 8. Be part of this “paws”itively fun day learning about the OKC Zoo’s big and small cats. Event goers will enjoy family-friendly activities, caretaker chats, animal enrichment, photo opportunities, Facebook live videos and more from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plus, free popsicles for guests while supplies last. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase the “purr”fect souvenir during the event, one-of-a-kind key chains made from animal approved enrichment toys, boomer balls. Carnivore caretakers have repurposed boomer balls to create these unique key chains available for purchase during the event for $5 each. International Cat Day activities are free with regular Zoo admission. Learn more at www.okczoo.org.

 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12: TICKETS ON SALE FOR ZOOBREW PRESENTED BY BYRON’S LIQUOR WAREHOUSE AT THE OKC ZOO

  • Cheers – ZOObrew tickets are on sale now! The 14th annual ZOObrew, Oklahoma's largest outdoor beer tasting festival, is happening Friday, September 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Presented by Byron’s Liquor Warehouse, ZOObrew invites craft beer fans, 21 and older, to tap into their wild side as they enjoy a variety of tastings from breweries located in Oklahoma and beyond. The event includes food trucks, a DJ, Zoo experiences and more! Join the pre-event scene with PREbrew from 4 to 6 p.m. PREbrew admission, $115/person, includes early entry to the event from 4 to 6 p.m., unlimited beer samplings until 9 p.m., free food from PREbrew food stations until 7 p.m., a limited-edition shirt, access to the sea lion presentation, lorikeet experience, carousel and BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise. General ZOObrew admission is $70/person and includes unlimited beer samplings from 6 to 9 p.m., access to food for purchase, rides on the Zoo’s Endangered Species Carousel and BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise. General ZOObrew designated driver admission is $15/person and does not include beer samplings. A PREbrew Designated Driver admission ticket is $40/person and does not include unlimited beer sampling. ZOObrew tickets go live Friday, August 12 at www.okczoo.org/zoobrew and are limited.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12: OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU HOST WORLD ELEPHANT DAY ACTIVITIES

  • Have you “herd”? World Elephant Day is Friday, August 12 and the Oklahoma City Zoo, in partnership with Bob Moore Subaru, invite you be part of this conservation awareness day celebrating elephants. Elephant populations are declining in the wild due to numerous threats and this annual event inspires wildlife enthusiasts to get involved and help these magnificent animals. World Elephant Day activities are planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Zoo’s elephant habitat at Sanctuary Asia. Participants will enjoy interactive activities with prizes, story time, information stations, photo opportunities, animal enrichment and Facebook live videos. All activities are free with Zoo admission. Learn more at www.okczoo.org.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) INTERPRETERS AT THE OKC ZOO

  • On Saturday, August 13, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden will be providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters in the park to create an enhanced OKC Zoo experience for guests who are deaf and hard of hearing. ASL interpreters are available at the Zoo on the second Saturday of every month 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.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 15: TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE OKC ZOO’S 39TH ANNUAL HAUNT THE ZOO FOR HALLOWEEN PRESENTED BY NEWS9

  • We have a treat for you… Haunt the Zoo tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, August 15! The Oklahoma City Zoo is thrilled to host the 39th annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween, Oklahoma’s largest and longest running Halloween season celebration! Presented by News9, Haunt the Zoo brings families together for a unique, outdoor trick-or-treating experience in a safe environment. Trick-or-treaters will discover themed photo booths along the Haunt the Zoo trail as they collect treats from friendly volunteers. Volunteers will distribute candy and snacks through 8-foot “treat tubes” into official Haunt the Zoo bags from a safe distance. Show off your festive best and wear your Halloween costume to Haunt the Zoo. Adults are encouraged to dress up, too, but nothing scary. Haunt the Zoo occurs Saturdays and Sundays, October 8 through 30. Trick-or-treating is available each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a morning reservation block from 9 a.m. to noon and an afternoon block from noon to 4 p.m. General Zoo admission or ZOOfriends memberships plus, official Haunt the Zoo treat bags are required to trick-or-treat and must be purchased in advance. Combo ticket options offering Zoo admission, Haunt the Zoo treat bags and single-day entry to BRICKLIVE will be available online starting Monday, August 15, at $24/adult (12-64) and $21/child (3-11) and $21/senior (65+). Trick-or-treat bags for children 2 and under are $7/bag or $6/bag (ZOOfriends members). To purchase tickets and view all ticket options, visit okczoo.org. While experiencing Haunt the Zoo, attendees can enjoy a Hay Maze at no additional cost. Guests can also partake in a Pumpkin Painting Craft ($5 for members/$6 for non-members) or experience other Zoo attractions including giraffe, rhino and lorikeet feedings, a ride on the tram or carousel, sea lion presentations, BRICKLIVE and more. Tickets for these attractions will be limited and can be purchased in advance or on-site. To learn more about Haunt the Zoo, visit okczoo.org or call (405) 425-0262.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18: OKC ZOO HOSTS SIP AND STROLL PRESENTED BY COOP ALE WORKS

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo is keeping the cocktails flowing and the fun going with Sip and Stroll on Thursday, August 18, from 6 to 10 p.m. Presented by COOP Ale Works, Sip and Stroll invites revelers 21 and older to experience an evening safari through the majority of the OKC Zoo to discover amazing animals and exclusive experiences while sipping on refreshing drinks along the way. Visit six fully stocked, themed “watering holes” featuring custom cocktails like The Minty Rhino and Monarch Margarita inspired by our planet’s wildlife and wild places while learning what the Zoo is doing to protect the natural world through global conservation partnerships. Admission tickets to Sip and Stroll festivities include evening access to almost the entire OKC Zoo, food trucks and an exclusive dueling pianos show. The 2022 Sip and Stroll event series is presented by COOP Ale Works with Kroger as a supporting sponsor for the remaining dates of Thursday, September 1 and Thursday, September 15. Sip and Stroll admission, $32/person, includes access to the sea lion presentation, elephant presentation, Stingray Bay, the Endangered Species Carousel and more. Sip and Stroll Drink Passports can be purchased 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. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. This event will occur rain or shine. With only two Sip and Stroll event dates remaining, August 18 and September 15, reserve your tickets now for OKC’s best 21+ summer event series. Online reservations are required and can made when you purchase your ticket at www.okczoo.org/sipandstroll.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19: OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU HOSTS INTERNATIONAL ORANGUTAN DAY

  • Swing out to the Oklahoma City Zoo to help orangutans. Join the OKC Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru on World Orangutan Day, Friday, August 19 to learn what you can to help in protecting this amazing species and its habitat. Sumatran orangutans are listed as critically endangered in the wild. Globally, 60 percent of primate species are now threatened with extinction and 75 percent have declining populations, and they need our help. Event activities are set to take place by the Zoo’s orangutan habitat, Great EscApe from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are free with regular Zoo admission. Visit www.okczoo.org for additional details.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26: WORLD DOG DAY AT THE OKC ZOO PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

  • Wildlife fans of all ages are invited to celebrate World Dog Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Friday, August 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. World Dog Day events, sponsored locally by Bob Moore Subaru, aim to raise awareness and bring attention to the critically endangered African painted dogs. The OKC Zoo is home to two packs of African painted dogs and committed to the conservation of this iconic predator. World Dog Day activities are free with regular Zoo admission. Find event details at www.okczoo.org.

 

 

ONGOING OKC ZOO HAPPENINGS

2022 ZOO AMPHITHEATRE CONCERT EVENTS

Rock on at Oklahoma City’s treasured outdoor concert venue, the Zoo Amphitheatre. This season’s events include: 

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. For tickets information, visit www.thezooamphitheatre.com. 

 

OKC ZOO’S STATEWIDE LIBRARY PROGRAM, READ FOR ADVENTURE, CONTINUES FOR ANOTHER SEASON PROVIDING OKLAHOMANS WITH FREE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS TO THE ZOO

Jump into another season of Read for Adventure, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s statewide library program. Sponsored by OG&E, Read for Adventure brings Oklahoma families to together while building an appreciation for reading and nature. 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, 2023. For a list of participating libraries, visit www.okczoo.org/readforadventure.

 

OKC ZOO’S HIGHLIGHTS WILDLIFE OF THE WEEK

Let us wow you with our Wildlife of the Week. Learn new and exciting facts about the Oklahoma City Zoo’s animal family 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 ADJUSTED SUMMER ATTRACTION SCHEDULE

Pre-purchase tickets for these wild experiences and attractions as well as Zoo admission 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 8 a.m. to 2:30 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 8 a.m. until 2 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 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Endangered Species Carousel: Carousel rides are available daily from 8:30 a.m. to 2 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.

  • Explorikeet Feedings (Children’s Zoo): Fly by the Children’s Zoo to feed the lorikeets. Feeding opportunities available daily from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $4 per person.

  • Flamingo Mingle: Flamingo Mingle feedings occur daily in the Children’s Zoo habitat from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Cost is $7 per person. Children age 2 and under are not permitted. 

  • Giraffe Feeding Platform: Greet the Zoo’s gentle giants! Enjoy daily feeding opportunities from 11 a.m. to noon. 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 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 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. Thursday through 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 presentations at 10 a.m. and 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 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. with feeding opportunities available at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., while supplies last, for an additional $3 per person.

 

 

OKC ZOO’S WILD ENCOUNTERS 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.

  • Galapagos tortoises (Children’s Zoo), 10:30 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 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 part-time positions throughout the park for its summer and fall seasons. 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 $11.17 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: 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.

 

Now through August 31, the Oklahoma City Zoo will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 2 p.m. Connect to wildlife and tons of fun as you experience the all new BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise at the OKC Zoo. Sponsored by Devon, BRICKLIVE features 45+ life-sized animal statues made with almost two million toy bricks! BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise is open daily during regular Zoo hours. 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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