Explore The Wild

Wild Encounters

The Zoo’s behind-the-scenes experiences are wilder than ever! Wild Encounters enable you to get up close and personal with grizzly bears, flamingos, rhinos, sea lions, elephants and Galapagos tortoises. Groups up to 10 people. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and must be 6 years old or older. Tickets are based on per person basis for each encounter schedule below:

Elephants: 2:45 p.m., departs from the Sanctuary Asia elephant pavilion entrance; $60/member, $71/nonmember, $79/nonmember+admission

Flamingos: 10:30 a.m., departs from the Herpetarium sign with the Snake; $30/member, $41/nonmember, $49/nonmember+admission

Galapagos Tortoises: 1:15 p.m., departs from tortoise statue outside Island Life; $50/member, $61/nonmember, $69/nonmember+admission

Grizzly Bears: 9:45 a.m., departs from the swift fox habitat; $50/member, $61/nonmember, $69/nonmember+admission

Rhinos: 11:15 a.m., departs from the Sanctuary Asia elephant pavilion entrance; $50/member, $61/nonmember, $69/nonmember+admission

Sea Lions: 3:30 p.m., departs from the sidewalk ramp across from Canopy; $50/member, $61/nonmember, $69/nonmember+admission

Wild Encounters can be purchased at Guest Services when purchasing your Zoo-It-All or general admission ticket. For further information, call (405) 424-3344.

VIP Safari Tour

Take the ultimate private, exclusive adventure through the Oklahoma City Zoo with an Ultimate VIP Experience. Imagine a personal tour guide in a private safari cart plus access to all rides, attractions, animal feedings, and all Wild Encounters (based on availability and weather-permitting)! Now, turn that dream into an experience of a lifetime. Ultimate VIP Experiences are offered daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with a 45-minute lunch break). Cost: $350 per person ($300 for ZOOfriend members). To book this unique experience, please call (405) 424-3344. 

Rides and Attractions

Adventurers of all ages can discover a variety of exciting activities throughout the Zoo's grounds. Additional fees for rides and attractions may apply.

All rides and attractions operate weather permitting

Centennial Choo Choo

All aboard this 1863 replica train!
Rides offered daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Cost: $3 per person per ride; children two and under ride free


Children's Zoo Barnyard

Guests with young children will go wild for this spacious oasis where little ones can connect with animals and nature.
Open daily weather-permitting (above 50 degrees) from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free


Children's Zoo Water Stream

Open daily weather permitting.
Cost: Free


Elephant Express

Embark and disembark at four different locations in the Zoo.
Daily rides from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Open weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
All day bracelets are $6 per person. Children two and under are free with paying adult.


Elephant Presentations

Come meet our Asian elephants: Bamboo, Asha, Chandra and Asha’s calf, Achara, at the Sanctuary Asia elephant pavilion.
Daily at 2 p.m.
Cost: Free


Endangered Species Carousel

A handcrafted, one-of-a-kind carousel made from basswood and displays 42 endangered animals.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $3 per person, per ride


Explorikeet Adventure

Flock to the fun! Guests have the unique opportunity to feed and interact with our colorful lorikeets.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for "bird break" from 1-1:30 p.m.)
Weather-permitting (above 50 degrees).
Cost: Free to enter; $3 per person to feed.


Giraffe Feeding Platform

Come face-to-face with our gentle giants–Ellie, Julu and Demetri!
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Weather-permitting (above 50 degrees). 
Cost: $5 per person


Horticulture Happenings

The entire Zoo is an accredited living museum and botanical garden with more than 30,000 specimens of flowering bulbs, unusual and hard-to-find plants, and more than 100 Oklahoma native species--29 of which are listed as imperiled or rare. The Zoo also is home to the largest, walk-through outdoor Butterfly Garden in Oklahoma and many designated horticultural displays and collections. Identification plaques and labels distinguish significant plants throughout Zoo grounds.


Keeper Connections

Are you a fan of flamingos? Painted dogs or Red River hogs? Daily Keeper Connections help you connect with your favorite animals and the keepers who care for them. The Zoo’s animal keepers are everyday conservationists, dedicated to protecting and preserving our planet’s wildlife and wild places. They have a wealth of information to share as they show off the Zoo’s amazing animals.

Keeper Connection signs are posted throughout the Zoo. Schedules can be found on our Daily Events Calendar or in Guest Relations.
All connections are free with Zoo admission.


Sea Lion Presentations

Get ready for a splash of fun. Sea lion presentations provide “fin”tastic fun for all ages!
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Sea Lion Presentation Stadium.
Cost is $4 per person. Children two and under are free.


Stingray Bay

Catch the wave for a “touching” experience at Stingray Bay. These majestic stingrays fly through a 16,000 gallon saltwater pool. 34 cownose stingrays, 3 southern rays and six white-spotted bamboo sharks.
Cost is $3 per person with paid Zoo admission. Children two and under are free. Open weather-permitting (above 50 degrees). 
ZOOfriends’ memberships do not apply.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



The only museum of its kind in the country, the Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum, a historic 1935 Works Projects Administration building.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with paid Zoo admission

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