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SEPTEMBER 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 4:30 p.m. daily. 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.

 

 

CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2: ADJUSTED SUMMER HOURS AT THE OKC ZOO

  • Get an early start to your Zoo day! The Oklahoma City Zoo is continuing its summer hours through Friday, September 2, to allow guests to visit earlier to connect with wildlife and wild places. Daily hours during this time are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last entry no later than 2 p.m. Zoo attractions, experiences and concessions will be open daily with adjusted schedules. Beginning Saturday, September 3, the Zoo will resume its regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry at 4 p.m. To learn more or purchase your admission tickets in advance, visit www.okczoo.org.

 

 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE OKC ZOO’S 39TH ANNUAL HAUNT THE ZOO FOR HALLOWEEN PRESENTED BY OKLAHOMA’S OWN NEWS9

  • We have a treat for you… Haunt the Zoo tickets are on sale now! 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 Oklahoma’s Own 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 are available online for $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 www.okczoo.org/htz. 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 www.okczoo.org/htz or call (405) 425-0262.

  • 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 click here.

 

 

SEPTEMBER: OKC ZOO PARTNERS WITH CURBSIDE CHRONICLE TO OFFER FREE ZOO ADMISSION TICKET

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is proud to partner with The Curbside Chronicle and offer a free Zoo general admission ticket in the magazine’s September issue. This special issue will be available the month of September for a $2 suggested donation from Curbside vendors throughout the metro area. Readers will discover news about the Zoo’s animal family, events and more in addition to a full-size park map and a free admission voucher. To redeem your Curbside Chronicle voucher for admission to the OKC Zoo present it at the Zoo’s ticket window upon arrival. Vouchers valid through December 31, 2022.

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1: OKC ZOO HOSTS SIP AND STROLL PRESENTED BY COOP ALE WORKS

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo’s Sip and Stroll offers an evening out like no other! Presented by COOP Ale Works, Sip and Stroll is set for Thursday, September 1, from 6 to 10 p.m., invites guests 21-and-older to explore the majority of the Zoo in the cool evening air while discovering wondrous wildlife and delicious drinks along the way. Plan your own travel itinerary through the Zoo as you discover six watering holes with three brand-new locations – Madagascar, Namibia, and Tanzania. Sip on 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 more. Presented by COOP Ale Works and event partner, Kroger, there is only one Sip and Stroll event remaining on Thursday, September 15, so reserve your tickets now. 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. Online reservations are required and can be made when you purchase your ticket at www.okczoo.org/sipandstroll.

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10: MONARCH AWARENESS DAY HOSTED BY OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru invites you to take part in a special Monarch Awareness Day on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn what the Zoo is doing to help these iconic pollinators and how you can help. Monarch butterflies are essential pollinators which have now been classified as an endangered species whose population has decreased dramatically in the last 20 years due to habitat loss and use of pesticides. Now more than ever, we need to act to ensure monarch butterflies and all pollinators thrive. Event goers of all ages will enjoy a variety of activities including learning how to plant a pollinator garden, participating in Monarch Watch’s community science monarch tagging project, assisting with planting a pollinator garden in the Zoo, free milkweed plants and pollinator seed packs while supplies last, story time, Facebook Lives and more. The festival also features a plant sale offering a variety of native pollinator plants available for purchase from Oklahoma nurseries. Discover the plant sale happening in the Zoo’s Entry Plaza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., admission is not required for this activity. Plus, Zoo guests will enjoy free entry to BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise on Saturday, September 10. Monarch Awareness Day activities will be happening around the Zoo’s pollinator garden and carousel, and all are free regular admission. Learn more at www.okczoo.org.  

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10: OKLAHOMA BLOOD INSTITUTE DRIVE AT THE OKC ZOO

  • Get your game face on and come out for the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI)’s Bedlam Blood Battle drive occurring at the OKC Zoo on Saturday, September 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The OKC Zoo and OBI are teaming up to help boost blood supply this fall, offering those who donate blood on Saturday, September 10, their choice of a new OU or OSU t-shirt and an admission voucher to the OKC Zoo. Zoo vouchers may be used throughout the remainder of the year. The Zoo will be hosting this blood drive on at its Education Center. To make an appointment visit www.obi.org

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) INTERPRETERS AT THE OKC ZOO

  • On Saturday, September 10, 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.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: OKC ZOO’S FINAL SIP AND STROLL OF THE SEASON PRESENTED BY COOP ALE WORKS

  • Join the OKC Zoo for an end of summer celebration with its final Sip and Stroll happening Thursday, September 15. Make it a memorable evening complete with a late summer sunset, cool cocktails and wildlife! Presented by COOP Ale Works, Sip and Stroll invites guests 21-and-older to enjoy a stroll through the majority of the Zoo to discover wondrous wildlife and delicious drinks along the way. Your passport to fun includes Sip and Stroll’s six watering holes with three brand-new locations – Madagascar, Namibia, and Tanzania. Taste 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 more. Presented by COOP Ale Works and event partner, Kroger, Sip and Stroll admission is $32/person and 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. Online reservations are required and can made when you purchase your ticket at www.okczoo.org/sipandstroll.

 

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: TICKETS ON SALE FOR OKC ZOO'S HAUNT THE ZOO: ALL GROWN UP, 21 AND UP HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION

  • Calling all grown up campers! Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up, Oklahoma City’s largest Halloween party for adults 21 and older, is back and better than ever. Presented by COOP Ale Works, Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up returns to the Oklahoma City Zoo on Friday, October 28, 2022, from 7 to 11 p.m. Halloween lovers 21 and older are invited to this event of the season featuring unique experiences in the “spook”tacular setting of the OKC Zoo after-hours. For this year’s theme, the Zoo will be transformed into a haunted summer camp full of thrills, chills and lots of treats including 11 bars, interactive games and challenges, unlimited “scare”ousel rides, sea lion presentations, dancing, food trucks and more. Guests are encouraged to embrace the fun of the event and come in costume. Real or fake weapons or full coverage masks are prohibited. Discover what goes bump in the night at Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up, if you dare! Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up VIP and general admission tickets options are available online beginning Friday, September 16 at www.okczoo.org. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $70/person and $60/person for members and include early entry to the event, access the indoor VIP lounge compete with a private bar, large seating areas, four (4) drink tickets each with a $3 value, and hors d’oeuvres. General admission to Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up is $40/person and $30/person for members. Drink ticket packages will be available for purchase in advance and during the event. Event attendance is limited to ensure social distancing so purchase your tickets early. This event is rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26: ONLINE RESERVATIONS OPEN FOR OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS PRESENTED BY OG&E

  • The OKC Zoo is dreaming of a bright holiday season with the return of OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS! Presented by OG&E, OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS is a festive light event offering guests of all ages the opportunity to discover larger-than-life light sculptures on a driving tour through the OKC Zoo. After the driving tour, guests park and re-enter the Zoo for an additional walking experience complete with immersive and interactive light displays, fun photo ops, festive treats and eats available for purchase and more! The big guy himself, Santa, will part of the festivities and available for photo opportunities weekends during SAFARI LIGHTS from November 12 through December 11, and daily from December 15–25 in the Zoo’s Canopy Restaurant. New to this year’s SAFARI LIGHTS celebration, make plans to have Dinner with Santa. This festive, family-friendly dinner event occurs Saturdays and Sundays December 2 through 17 and includes activities such as ornament making and cookie decorating. Stay tuned to the Zoo’s social media to learn more. Supporting sponsors for OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS include Devon and MidFirst Bank. OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS begins Saturday, November 12, and runs nightly through New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2023 with drive-through and walk-through experiences from 5:30 to 11 p.m. with the last check-in at 10 p.m. OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS will be open on holiday nights including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Advance online reservations are required for OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS driving tours. Online reservations and ticket sales open on Monday, September 26 at www.okczoo.org/safari-lights, and are limited so purchase early.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: OKC ZOO HOSTS 14TH ANNUAL ZOOBREW PRESENTED BY BYRON’S LIQUOR WAREHOUSE

  • Cheers and delicious beers await at 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 are available at www.okczoo.org/zoobrew and are limited.

 

ONGOING OKC ZOO HAPPENINGS

2022 ZOO AMPHITHEATRE CONCERT EVENTS

Oklahoma City’s treasured outdoor concert venue, the Zoo Amphitheatre, is still rocking with this season’s events including:

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 ticket 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

Follow the Oklahoma City Zoo on social and let us connect you to our Wildlife of the Week. Learn new and exciting facts about the OKC Zoo’s animal family with its Wildlife of the Week program. The Zoo will focus on a new animal species each week on its 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’S FALL ATTRACTION SCHEDULE

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s fall attraction schedule begins Saturday, September 3 and continues through Sunday, October 30. 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 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: You’ll go wild for this up-close and in-person encounter with our goats and sheep. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.

  • 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.

  • Explorikeet Feedings (Children’s Zoo): Fly by the Children’s Zoo to feed the lorikeets. Feeding opportunities available daily from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 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. plus, an additional feeding on Saturdays and Sundays from 3:30 to 4 p.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. Weekend feedings from 2 to 3 p.m. 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. Thursday through Sunday at Sanctuary Asia. Cost is $10 per person.

  • Sea Lion Presentations: Don’t miss these educational and engaging presentations featuring the Zoo’s California sea lions and harbor seals! Daily presentations at 1 p.m. and an additional weekend presentation at 10 a.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 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 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

Are you passionate about wildlife and wild places and enjoy working with people? Then the OKC Zoo is the place for you. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is hiring for part-time positions throughout the park for its fall season in three different groups, and each group has its own application process. Positions include OKC Zoo brand ambassadors, ride operators, tram drivers, zipline guides, cooks, and 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

Attention all Oklahoma schools, the Oklahoma City Zoo has a wild 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. New art pieces are created regularly and available to view in the Zoo’s Guest Services office located in the Entry Plaza, open during regular park hours. Original pieces range from $35 to $300, depending on size. All net proceeds benefit one of the Zoo’s conservation initiatives.

 

Fall into fun at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Now through Friday, September 2, 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. Regular park hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry at 4 p.m., resume Saturday, September 3. 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. Membership has its perks! As a member of the Oklahoma City Zoo, enjoy free admission all year-long, plus many additional benefits and discounts. You will also be supporting the Zoo’s animal family, education programming and conservation initiatives. Join or renew today at www.okczoo.org/membership.

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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