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Welcome to the Children’s Zoo

picture of children's zoo entrance       The Children's Zoo opened on March 12, 2010,   as a 2.5 acre area within the Oklahoma City Zoo dedicated to the enrichment and education of children. Children can explore, touch and immerse themselves in a natural outdoor environment that will stimulate their imagination, encourage exploration and give them a greater appreciation for nature. The project cost $8.3 million* to complete.


Exhibit Highlights


  • Kid-Sized and Adult-Sized Entry with explorers greeted by colorful macaws, such as 50-year-old Orple, and sisters, Ethel and Lucy.


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  • Barnyard:  An interactive “touch” area with barnyard animals selected because of their gentleness with children. Each one is a rare species. The collection includes guinea hogs Fergie and Fancy; miniature donkeys  Jasmine and Pinkee; 12 Nigerian dwarf goats (each named after an Oklahoma town) Gotebo, Norman, Duncan, Edmond, Bixby, Hugo, Perry, Oologah, Bowlegs, Chandler, Dewey and Jet; tunis sheep Sarabi and Tallulah; and rare rabbits and chickens.


  • The Waterway: A natural “splash” space for children complete with a waterfall, Chilean flamingos frolicking nearby and a koi fish pond.


  • My Secret Forest: Enchanting climbing areas, thatched huts, plantings and natural play spaces for imaginations to roam.


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  • The Underground:  An “underground-like” experience to see the creepy, crawly creatures that call the ground their home. Come and explore the various reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates that burrow, nest, dig, or hunt on the ground. See if you can spot the animals that live in Oklahoma backyards!


  • Explorikeet Adventure: The ever-popular lorikeets are back. These colorful parrots are active, noisy and fun to feed nectar! The Children’s Zoo is home to seven different lorikeet species. Free Lorikeet viewing and nectar feeding ($3) occur daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., depending on weather conditions.


  • Grandma’s Porch: Overlooks The Gathering Meadow and allows a shady space for visiting, relaxation and Educational programs.


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  • Spider and squirrel monkeys: See our feisty friends and a space for the kids to monkey around, too--on a rope climbing structure just like the monkeys have! These endangered spider monkeys are named Mercury and Emma. The squirrel monkeys are named after hurricanes: Floyd, Hugo, Felix,  Bobbi and Katrina.


  • The Gathering Meadow: Lush, green play area perfect for picnics and play.


* Funding for the Children's Zoo was possible through the generous donations of the Oklahoma Zoological Society, the Inasmuch Foundation, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the Potts Family Foundation, and the 1/8 of a cent sales tax approved by Oklahoma City citizens in 1990. The Architect was Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Incorporated (MIG) of Berkeley, CA. The contractor was Downey Contracting of Oklahoma City.

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The Zoo is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM) as both a living museum and a botanical garden. AZA accredited facilities are dedicated to providing excellent care for their plants and animals, a great experience for guests and a better future for all living things.

A New Breath of Fresh Air: As of Nov. 1, 2007, state law prohibits smoking inside zoological parks. Please help us abide by this law by refraining from smoking within the Zoo. Thank you for maintaining a smoke-free environment for all living things!