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There's Much to Do this Winter at the Zoo!

 

FEBRUARY:  TWO-FOR-ONE TUESDAYS!

Buy one Zoo admission ticket and get one for free (of equal or lesser value) each Tuesday in February. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

FEBRUARY: VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS AT THE OKC ZOO

Surprise your sweetheart with one of these wild gift ideas and take pride in knowing you’re helping the Zoo and the animals, too! 

  • ANIMAL ADOPTIONS

Share your love for the Zoo’s animals with that special someone. Contributions from these symbolic adoptions support the health, enrichment and nutritional needs of all animals at the Zoo. With each $45 donation, recipients receive their choice of a plush bison or zebra, adoption certificate, a fact sheet about their adopted animal and name recognition on the Zoofriends’ website for one year. Adoptions can be purchased in the Zoofriends’ membership office, by calling (405) 425-0618 or online at zoofriends.org. Shop online now through February 14, and save $5 when you use the promo code LOVE.  

  • ZOO ANIMAL PAINTINGS

Make an imprint on your love with an original Zoo animal painting. The Zoo’s resident animal artists with some help from their keepers, create one-of-a-kind masterpieces combining the worlds of animal creativity and conservation. Artist animals include sea lions, birds, grizzly bears, hogs, snakes, stingrays and more! All proceeds from Zoo animal artwork support Zoo conservation and enrichment programs. Visit www.okczoo.org to purchase paintings online, or stop by the Guest Relations office open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • BEHIND THE SCENES PROGRAM GIFT CERTIFICATES

Behind the Scenes offers participants the opportunity to observe the Zoo’s animal professionals in action and learn more about the Zoo’s amazing animals from the people dedicated to caring for them. Participants can choose to visit one of ten different Zoo areas. All Behind the Scenes program participants must be 14 or older. Program certificates are available for purchase in the Guest Relations office open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.okczoo.org.

 

FEBRUARY:   EDUCATION PROGRAMS

February is full of fun and exciting educational programs for a variety of ages and themes. For more information, contact the Education department at (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczooed.com for details. Programs and dates include:

  • Toddler Programs:  Fabulous Ferrets, February 4 or 6
  • Preschool Programs:  Magnificent Meerkats, February 4 or 6
  • Family Programs:  Cats You Will Remember!, February 6 and We Love Animals, February 13
  • Adult Programs: Romancing the Zoo, February 13 (must be 21 or older)

 

FEBRUARY 02:   GROUNDHOG DAY

An OKC Zoo tradition continues as grizzly bear brothers, Will and Wiley, prepare to wow you with their weather predicting skills on Groundhog Day. Celebrate with us on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the Zoo’s Big Rivers in Oklahoma Trails as Will and Wiley answer the call of the weather! Will and Wiley proudly fulfill the role of official Groundhog Day prognosticators since the Zoo does not have groundhogs in its collection. Guests will enjoy free hot chocolate and snacks while supplies last. Plus, Tuesday is a “two-for-one” discount day–buy one Zoo admission ticket and get one for free (of equal or lesser value).

 

FEBRUARY 06:  VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

Zoo volunteers are important members of our Zoo family, giving their time, talent and passion to caring for and conserving the Zoo’s amazing animal and plant collection. On February 6, the Zoo will be recruiting adult volunteers, at least 18 or older, to assist our dedicated staff care for our plants and animals. We are looking for passionate and dependable adults to volunteer in our horticulture and animal areas and with our SCUBA diving program. Volunteer divers are needed to assist with maintenance of our aquariums and pools. The time commitment for the diving program is a minimum of one scheduled dive each month and divers must meet a list of basic requirements. The time requirement for other volunteer opportunities is one 8-hour day a week for six months. Training consists of an orientation and job shadowing. These opportunities are ideal for enthusiasts pursuing zoo-related careers or just wanting to get involved! Attend the Volunteer Recruitment on Saturday, February 6, at 10 a.m. in the Rosser Conservation Education Center to learn more about the program or contact our volunteer coordinator at (405) 425-0275. Attendees may enter through the Education Center located at the east end of the Zoo’s parking lot.

 

FEBRUARY 14: LEOM CELEBRATES 3rd BIRTHDAY

Join the Great EscApe team as they host gorilla Leom's 3rd birthday party. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. in Great EscApe.

 

FEBRUARY 15:   SCHOOL’S OUT SAFARI DAY CAMP

Send your little one on safari! With several schools being out on Monday, February 15, the Zoo’s Education Department is hosting a safari day camp for children ages 4-12. Drop-off is from 8:15-8:30 a.m. and campers must be picked up at 12:30 p.m. for half-day or 5:15 p.m. for full day. Snacks will be provided, but campers must bring their lunch. The cost per child is $25 for half-day or $45 for full day. Advance registration and payment is required. For more information, call (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczooed.com.

 

FEBRUARY 20:   FREE ZOO CAREER CONFERENCE

Participate in our Career Conference on Saturday, February 20, to gain insightful information about zoo-related careers and volunteer opportunities at the Zoo. Attendees will enjoy presentations by Zoo staff and learn more about how to develop a resume and interview for a position in the field. The conference will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center located at the east end of the Zoo’s parking lot. This event is free to attend for ages 13 and older but registration is required. Zoo admission is not included. For more information or to register, call (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczooed.com.

 

FEBRUARY 22-MARCH 31: DR PEPPER VENDING MACHINE ART CONTEST

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper invite Oklahoma students to get inspired and enter the 12th annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest for a chance to win cash prizes and have their design displayed on a Dr Pepper machine at the Zoo. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade may submit entries from February 22 through March 31, 2016, for a chance to win. To learn more about the contest, visit www.okczoo.org.

 

WINTER ATTRACTION SCHEDULE:

The following Zoo attractions have established winter season hours and will operate weather permitting of 55 degrees or above.

  • The ZooZeum, Endangered Species Carousel, Explorikeet Adventure and Children’s Zoo Barnyard area will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
  • Elephant Express opens at 10 a.m. daily.
  • ·      Giraffe feedings are from 11 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday.
  • Elephant presentations are at 2 p.m., Friday through Sunday.
  • Stingray Bay is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Hours are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions or routine animal care.

All other rides and attractions are closed for the season.

 

March Happenings:

  • Sea lion presentations begin

March 12: Weekend Keeper Connections begin. Schedules available in Guest Relations and online at

www.okczoo.org

March 27: HOPabaloo (11 AM-3 PM) – Hop to the Zoo for brunch with the Easter bunny and a day of fun, including an egg hunt with prizes for kids 3-6. Call (405) 425-0262 to make your brunch reservations.

 



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