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BRING ON SOME FALL FUN!

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2014

 

OCTOBER:  LAST MONTH FOR SEASONAL ATTRACTIONS

Did you catch the wave this summer with a visit to Stingray Bay? Did you discover something new about your favorite animal at a Weekend Keeper Connection?  If not, Friday, October 31, is your last opportunity to see and touch the stingrays up close, and Sunday, October 26, is your last chance to attend a Weekend Keeper Connection.  Admission to Stingray Bay is $3 per person. Children two and under are free. ZooFriends' memberships do not apply. Stingray Bay is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during regular hours.  Weekend Keeper Connection times are posted throughout the Zoo and are free to attend. Visit www.okczoo.com for a complete listing of other seasonal closings.

 

OCTOBER:  PUMPKINS FOR A PURPOSE

You can help wild orangutans, tigers and rainforests, oh my! At the Zoo every year, hundreds of pumpkins are used to decorate the Zoo for its fall festivities. Now, through the Zoo’s Pumpkins for a Purpose, you can sponsor a personalized pumpkin through October 31 to directly benefit the Zoo’s conservation initiatives. Visit www.okczoo.com to learn more and to download a sponsorship form or call (405) 425-0262.

 

OCTOBER:  HAUNT THE ZOO TICKETS ON SALE

Haunt the Zoo tickets are on sale now through October 31. Presented by The Children’s Hospital Volunteers and Kohl’s Cares, Haunt the Zoo is the biggest Halloween event in town offering a safe, unique, family-friendly trick-or-treating experience. Tickets are required for anyone wishing to collect treats. The cost is $6 in advance or $7 at the event. Children receive an official treat bag with their ticket. Accompanying adults are free. ZooFriends memberships do not apply to Haunt the Zoo. Tickets may be purchased at the Zoo daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at www.okczoo.com.

 

OCTOBER 04:  VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

The Zoo is searching for passionate, dependable individuals 18 or older to apply for Animal Area, Dive, Education and/or Horticulture volunteer positions. If you are interested, attend our Volunteer Recruitment on Saturday, October 4, at 10 a.m. in the Rosser Conservation Education Center (located at the east end of the Zoo’s parking lot). Orientation and paperwork will begin at 10 a.m. with staff interviews immediately following. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the Zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 425-0275.

 

OCTOBER 04:  OKC ZOO’S HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP and DROP

This Halloween, go green! The Zoo is participating in the National Costume Swap Day activities, and hosting a Costume Swap event on Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in hopes of reducing waste and increasing fun. More than 6,250 tons of landfill waste could be avoided if just half the kids in America traded costumes. Kids will enjoy shopping costumes that are “new” to them while adults enjoy saving some green. New or gently used children’s costumes in sizes infant to youth extra large will be accepted. Here’s how it works:

  • The swap will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine in the Zoo’s Global Plaza on October 4.
  • No Zoo admission is required to attend the Swap.
  • You can donate early from September 29 through October 3, and receive a ticket to come back and shop the Swap on October 4. Or, you can just come on October 4 to swap and shop.
  • Remember, this event takes place during the Zoo’s Pumpkin Drive and if you drop off a pumpkin larger than your head you can enjoy free, same-day admission to the Zoo. Come swap, shop and drop! For more information, call (405) 425-0262. 

 

OCTOBER 04-13:   ANNUAL PUMPKIN DRIVE PRESENTED BY REMINGTON PARK

We love all things pumpkin at the OKC Zoo! The Zoo’s annual Pumpkin Drive presented by Remington Park is from Saturday, October 4, through Monday, October 13. Just bring a pumpkin bigger than your head to the Zoo and receive free same-day admission. One pumpkin per person, please. The donated pumpkins will be used to decorate the Haunt the Zoo trail.

 

OCTOBER 05:  PISTOL PETE’S 91st BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The OKC Metro Chapter of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Alumni Association invites you to the Oklahoma City Zoo on Sunday, October 5, for Pistol Pete’s 91st birthday celebration. The first 200 guests to attend wearing OSU school colors can enjoy cake with Pistol Pete at 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s Global Plaza while it lasts! For more information, visit www.orangeconnection.org/OKCMetro.

 

OCTOBER 16 and 17:  SCHOOL’S OUT SAFARI DAY CAMPS

Want a unique adventure for your child during school holidays?  Cost per child per day is $25. Ages 4-12 are welcome. Advance registration is required.  All classes are from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Drop-off begins at 8:15 a.m. Extended day option until 3:30 p.m. is available for additional cost.  For details, call (405) 425-0218.  In addition to School’s Out Safari Day Camps, the Zoo’s Education Department has a variety of toddler, preschool, family, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and home school programs scheduled now through the end of the year. Discover all the offerings at www.okczooed.com.

 

OCTOBER 17:  CHOMP AND STOMP

OKC Zoo animals love special treats, too! Friday, October 17, the Zoo will host a Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp, a Halloween enrichment where a variety of Zoo animals get to enjoy some Halloween-themed treats. The event will be on Zoo grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Zoo admission is required. For additional details, visit www.okczoo.com or call (405)425-0262.

10-2 p.m. - “Gardening with Gourds” (Cactus collection across from Canopy)

10 a.m. - Chimpanzees (Great EscApe)

10:30 a.m. - Grizzly Bears (Oklahoma Trails) and Galapagos Tortoises (Island Life)

11 a.m. - Children’s Zoo

11:30 a.m. - Lions (Lion Overlook)

12:30 p.m. - Sea lions and Harbor Seal (lower gallery of Aquaticus)

1 p.m. - Indo-Pacific Reef habitat (lower gallery of Aquaticus)

1:30 p.m. - Birds (Dan Moran Aviary)

2 p.m. - Elephants (at the Elephant Pavilion)

 

OCTOBER 24: PUMPKIN CARVING

Bring your tools and carve a niche in Halloween! Friday, October 24, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., staff and volunteers will be preparing all the donated pumpkins for the Haunt the Zoo trail. We'll be carving and creating down at the Devon Energy Roughneck Pavilion.

 

OCTOBER 25:  HAUNT THE ZOO PHOTO OPP FAST PASS

No trick, just the treat of getting a sneak peek at Haunt the Zoo. Enjoy walking the Haunt the Zoo trail from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and taking photos of your little trick-or-treaters in their costume at each of the booths. Bring your own cameras to capture the fun. Candy not provided on the event trail. Adult must accompany child.  This is great fun for sensory friendly audiences. The cost per child is $12 for ZooFriends and $15 for non-members. Parents are free with a paid child registration. Costumes are optional. To learn more or to register, contact the Education department at (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczooed.com.

 

OCTOBER 26-31:  HAUNT THE ZOO FOR HALLOWEEN

Join the most magical Halloween party in Oklahoma providing delightful family memories and trick-or-treating fun for everyone at our 31st Haunt the Zoo celebration. Presented by the Children’s Hospital Volunteers and Kohl’s Cares, Haunt the Zoo runs Sunday, October 26, through Friday, October 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly (rain or shine). Children will follow the pumpkin-lined pathway stopping at fun fantasy-themed booths to collect tasty treats from volunteers. Admission per child wanting to trick-or-treat is $6 in advance or $7 at the gate during the event. Accompanying adults ages 18 and older are admitted for free. Admission includes an official treat bag and is required for anyone wishing to collect treats. ZooFriends’ memberships do not apply. Additional sponsors as of October 1 include Allegiance Credit Union, AT&T Pioneers, OK 1st Chapter, Bank of Oklahoma, First Security Bank, 42nd Street Candy Co, Fred Jones Family Foundation, Frito-Lay, Great Plains Coca-Cola, Great Plains Dr Pepper, Keller Williams Realty Central Oklahoma, KJ103, Love’s Travel Stops, Pride Mixed Martial Arts, TMI Hospitality, Upstage Theater and ZooFriends.

 

NOVEMBER 08: ZOO CAREER SERIES

Gain the inside scoop on what it takes to have a zoo/aquarium career. Learn how to find and apply for jobs, gain experience and more! Saturday, November 8, from 10-11:30 a.m. learn how to care for reptiles and amphibians by meeting their keepers. Discover careers available in herpetology. Ages 13 years to adult are welcome. Cost of $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers includes Zoo admission after the program.

 

NOVEMBER 11:  VETERAN’S DAY

For your service and sacrifice, the Zoo salutes you! On Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11, the Zoo is proud to offer free admission to all active duty, active reserve, Ready Reserve Service Members, National Guardsmen, Coalition Forces members and retirees and up to five guests. Spouses and dependants of deployed personnel are also welcome. Military ID or proof of service is required. The Zoo is also pleased to offer a 50 percent discount to veterans and up to five direct dependants on a daily basis.

 

NOVEMBER 15:  AMERICA RECYCLES DAY AND ZOO CELL PHONE CHALLENGE

In coordination with America Recycles Day on Saturday, November 15, the Zoo kicks off its winter Cell Phone Challenge, a community-wide project to see which school, business or organization can collect the most cell phones by December 31, 2014. Collecting and recycling cell phones helps protect wild gorillas that live in areas where cell phone materials are mined. The group that collects the most cell phones will win an ultimate Zoo Prize Package. No fee is required to participate. The Zoo donates 100 percent of recycling proceeds to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.  All details about how to participate in the Challenge can be found online at www.okczoo.com.

 

NOVEMBER 26:  FREE DAY AT THE ZOO

Wednesday, November 26, admission to the Zoo is free for guests of all ages in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

NOVEMBER 27:  THANKSGIVING DAY, THE ZOO IS CLOSED.

 



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