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There's Much to Do at the Zoo in May!

 

NOW – MAY 31: ZOO "MUST DO" PROMOTION

What’s on your list of best adventures at the OKC Zoo! Download the Zoo MUST DO checklist from www.okczoo.com, grab the family and head to the Zoo to enjoy your "must do" adventures! Then, bring your completed form to the Zoo’s Guest Relations office to register to win a mobile game party or annual family Zoofriends’ membership!  Zoo admission is required for Zoo entry. MUST Do checklists are also available in the Guest Relations office. This event is sponsored by News9.

 

NOW – MAY 31:  MATHIS BROTHERS AND ZOOFRIENDS PARTNERSHIP

During the month of May, purchase or renew a ZooFriends’ membership at Mathis Brothers Furniture (3434 West Reno in Oklahoma City) and save $15 or more! This month is the lowest membership price of the year. For more information, call (405) 425-0618.

 

MAY 10:  MOTHER’S DAY AT THE ZOO

Show mom how special she is by bringing her to the Zoo on Sunday, May 10.  All moms can enjoy Mother’s Day for free with any paid admission!

 

MAY 15:  ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

What does an endangered species mean to you?  It means there is still some time to help save wild animals.  Come and visit our interactive stations on Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn what the Zoo is doing to help endangered species. You’ll discover ways you can help, too! Learn about the past, present and future of these endangered animals while watching them in their habitats. Activity stations will be located throughout the Zoo. This event is free with Zoo admission.

 

MAY 16:  KIND KIDS’ DAY

On Saturday, May 16, the OKC Zoo, in partnership with KIND Healthy Snacks, is hosting a Kindness Safari. Join the Zoo and 18 other participating zoos around the country for a day of fun kindness adventures inspired by animals. Families will receive a scavenger hunt booklet with interactive kindness activities.  Kind Parents, Kind Kids is an ongoing program that uses fun, family activities to teach kids the importance of kindness. Free with Zoo admission.

 

MAY 17 – AUGUST 31: OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO and OKLAHOMA BLOOD INSTITUTE partnership

The summer months provide the greatest challenge to the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in hospitals across the state. The timing of this annual promotion is crucial to avoiding summer blood emergencies. This partnership provides those donating blood with the extra motivation they need! Each person donating receives a voucher for two adult admission tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a 2015 OBI T-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards Points. To schedule a blood donation appointment, visit www.obi.org.

 

MAY 22:  DON’T FRY DAY
Animals naturally protect themselves from the sun and we should, too! The Zoo’s annual Don’t Fry Day on Friday, May 22, is an opportunity to learn ways to help reduce the rising rates of skin cancer and promote sun-safe behaviors.  Activity stations, sunscreen samples and UV bracelets can be yours at this free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s Global Plaza. Zoo admission required to enter Zoo grounds. For information, call (405) 425-0262.

 

MAY 22 and 29: UNDER THE SEA SLEEPOVER

Ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in the ocean with fish? Experience the Zoo at night (either Friday, May 22, or Friday, May 29) with a Stingray Bay visit and feeding (weather permitting), guided night hike, and sleep in the Noble Aquatic Center (Aquaticus). Evening snack and light breakfast provided. Each sleepover runs from 7 p.m. on Friday night until 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Cost: $35/child, $20/adult. To register, click on this program link or call 405-425-0218.

 

NOW – OCTOBER 31:  SATURDAY and SUNDAY BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCES

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at the OKC Zoo? Here’s your opportunity for an amazing and rare experience on Saturdays and Sundays through October. You’ll get to spend time with the Zoo’s animal teams as they care for and enrich their animals. You’ll be able to ask lots of questions and learn what you can do to help animals in the wild. Tours for individuals or couples are from 9 a.m. – noon, and cost $100/person for ZooFriends members and $120/person for nonmembers, which includes Zoo admission. Tours for groups up to eight participants are from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and cost $250 per group, which includes Zoo admission. Each tour can choose from designated animal areas. Spaces are limited so reserve early! Participants must be 14 years and older. Pre-registration is required. Gift certificates are available. To book a Behind the Scenes experience, call (405) 425-0262.

 

NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31:  WEEKEND KEEPER CONNECTIONS

From anemones to zebras, learn about your favorite Zoo animals from the people entrusted to care for them, the keepers! Connect with wildlife while hearing how the Zoo strives to conserve and preserve the earth’s natural resources, and what you can do to help, too. (Keeper Connections are held at posted areas throughout Zoo grounds on Saturdays and Sundays only, and occur weather permitting.)

Saturdays

  • 10:30 a.m.           Cheetah lure
  • 11 a.m.                 Children’s Zoo (various animals)
  • 11 a.m.                 Birds/Parrots: Great EscApe’s observation tower
  • 11:30 a.m.           Elephant enrichment: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.           Rhinos (July-October) – Rotates between Indian and Black rhinos
  • 1:30 p.m.             Andean Condor: across from the picnic pavilions
  • 1:30 p.m.             Great EscApe – Rotates between gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans
  • 2 p.m.                   Elephant presentation: Elephant Pavilion
  • 2 p.m.                   Lower aquarium gallery: Noble Aquatic Center
  • 2:30 p.m.             Alligators:  Oklahoma Trails boardwalk
  • 3 p.m.                   Lions or Cat Forest (various animals)

Sundays

  • 10:30 a.m.           Galapagos Tortoise: Island Life
  • 10:30 a.m.           Hyena
  • 11 a.m.                 Zoo Lake habitats Meets at the Red Panda habitat
  • 11 a.m.                 Turkey Vultures:  Oklahoma Trails aviary
  • 11:30 a.m.           Elephant enrichment: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.           Rhinos (July-October) – Rotates between Indian and Black rhinos
  • 1:30 p.m.             Andean Condor (across from the picnic pavilions)
  • 1:30 p.m.             Great EscApe – Rotates between gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans
  • 2 p.m.                   Elephant presentation: Elephant Pavilion
  • 2 p.m.                   Upper aquarium gallery: Noble Aquatic Center
  • 2:30 p.m.             Small primates (Pachyderm building hallway)
  • 2:30 p.m.             Grizzly or Black bears (Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails)
  • 3 p.m.                   River otter (Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails)

 

More FUN happening in June…

  • JUNE – JULY:  WILD TUESDAYS STORY TIME SAFARIS – 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. sessions.
  • JUNE 5:  WORLD OCEANS DAY
  • JUNE 19:  ZOOBILATION
  • JUNE 21:  FATHER’S DAY – Free admission for Dads
  • JUNE – AUGUST:  SUMMER DAY CAMPS


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