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BRING ON SOME MARCH FUN!

                                                                                                                                                                   

MARCH:  Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest

The 11th annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest for Oklahoma students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, continues through March 31. Students can get creative for conservation and have a chance to win Visa gift cards courtesy of First Security Bank, a gift basket from Porch School & Art Supply, a certificate and have their design displayed on a Dr Pepper machine at the Zoo. Entries will be judged on creativity, meeting art specifications and relevance to this year’s contest theme, “Get Creative for Conservation”. Teachers and parents of participating students will be entered into a random drawing to win one of three $50 gift cards from Porch School & Art Supply. Official entry forms are available online at www.okczoo.com. 

 

MARCH/SPRING BREAK:  STINGRAY BAY AND Sea lion presentations

Two favorite attractions are back with a splash for the spring and summer season! At Stingray Bay, guests and members have the opportunity to see stingrays up close and touch these majestic creatures as they “fly” and glide through a 16,000 gallon, two-feet-deep saltwater pool. The exhibit collection includes cownose stingrays, a bat ray and white-spotted bamboo sharks. Admission to Stingray Bay is $3 per person. Children two and under are free. Occasional feedings of stingrays are also available for an additional $2 fee. ZooFriends' memberships do not apply. Stingray Bay will be open daily through October 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  NOTE: Stingray Bay opening has been delayed. Estimated opening is Saturday, March 14.

 

Also, our Sea Lion Presentations will return this year at the Noble Aquatic Center: Aquaticus. This high-energy and educational splash of fun features alternating appearances by our California sea lions Pearl, Piper, Addie and Xander, as they show off their natural strength and intelligence. Harbor seal, Liberty, will also be making occasional appearances. Cost is $2 per person. Children two and under are free. The current schedule includes two presentations each Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., beginning Wednesday, March 4, and continuing through Labor Day weekend. Note: Strollers are not allowed inside Stingray Bay or the Sea Lion presentations.

 

MARCH 14: 2015 Weekend Keeper Connections BEGIN

If you think our animals are amazing, meet the people who care for them! The Zoo’s animal keepers are everyday conservationists, dedicated to protecting and preserving our planet’s wildlife and wild places. Attend our Keeper Connections to learn more and ask questions about your favorite Zoo residents. Weekend Keeper Connections occur on Saturday and Sunday only, weather permitting. Schedules are available in Guest Relations and online at www.okczoo.com.The 2015 schedule follows:

 

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)

 

MARCH 07, 20 and 28:  FAMILY PROGRAMS

The Oklahoma City Zoo's family based, educational programs offer a wonderful way for the whole family to have fun while exploring and learning together! To register, call 405-425-0218.

  • Gorilla Dynamics! - Sat., Mar. 7, 2 - 3:30 p.m. (ages 4 and up)
    The Zoo's gorillas live in a family unit much like yours! Meet a Zookeeper to learn the Who's Who (and who rules) among the Zoo's two troops. Walking is required. Cost is $12/member and $15/nonmember.
  • Lighten' Up! – Fri., Mar. 20, 7 p.m. – Sat., Mar. 21, 9 a.m.

Come "camp out" in Aquaticus, and let's get glowing in this all new program! From fish to fireflies, we will discover how some creatures make their own light. Program includes a presentation with live animals in the Zoo's Education Center, night hike and morning hike. Cost is $25/child and $10/adult.

Tricksters welcome and naive beware as we explore how animals play tricks on us and each other. Enjoy a snack, meet an animal prankster up close, and craft your own prank. Cost is $12/member and $15/nonmember.

 

MARCH 14 and 28: GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMS

The Oklahoma City Zoo provides classes for girl scouts to learn and earn. From Daisy to Cadette, girl scouts have the can work on a variety of badges.

  • Voice for Animals (Seniors) – Sat., Mar. 14, 10 a.m. - Noon
    As people, our relationships with animals play a big role in our lives. Come join us as we explore animal issues worldwide, and find out how you can make informed choices as a consumer while earning your "Voice for Animals" badge.
  • Adventurer ​​(Seniors) – Sat., Mar. 14, 2 - 4 p.m.
    Feeling adventurous? Get in the team spirit and put your outdoor skills to the test while earning your "Adventurer" badge.
  • 3 Cheers for Animals ​​(Daisies) – Sat., Mar. 28, 10 a.m. - Noon
    Caring for animals is fun and important! So is caring for yourself. Get ready to meet some amazing critters and hear their stories, while earning your "Birbath" and "Tula" Awards. 

 

MARCH 07 and 28: Boy Scout programS

The Oklahoma City Zoo provides classes for boy scouts to learn and earn. From Tiger to Eagle, boy scouts have can work on a variety of badges.

  • Forester (Webelos) – Sat., Mar. 7, 10 a.m. - Noon
    Trees and other forest plants are important parts of life on earth. You'll learn why when you earn your "Forester" activity badge.
  • Naturalist (Webelo)Sat., Mar. 7, 2 - 4 p.m.
    Join us on a wild adventure exploring the natural world while earning your "Naturalist" activity badge. Character Connection will be done at the end of the program. 
  • Outdoor Activity Award (Tiger Cubs) – Sat., Mar. 28, 2 - 4 p.m.
    You can do and learn much about the outdoors. Come explore with us while earning your complete Outdoor Activity Award (Achievement 5, & Electives 31, 32, 33, 42).

 

MARCH 16-20: SPRING BREAK DAY CAMPS

Most cartoon heroes are inspired by nature. From cats to spiders -- the amazing characteristics of these "super" girls and boys have nothing on REAL animals. Choose to participate for one day or up to all five days. Classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes are designed for ages 4 to 12-years-old. Snacks are provided, but campers must bring their lunch. Cost is $25/day. Advance registration and payment is required.  Drop-off is 8:15-8:30 a.m. An extended day option is available until 3:30 pm for an additional $10/child /day.

·         Super Reptiles – Mon., Mar. 16

·         Super Flyers – Tues., Mar. 17

·         Super Mammals – Wed., Mar. 18

·         Super Jumpers – Thurs., Mar. 19

·         Super Bugs – Fri., Mar. 20

 

MARCH 28:  SMILE SAFARI

Your kids will be all smiles about attending Smile Safari at the Oklahoma City Zoo Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Global Plaza. Hosted by students from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and American Dental Hygienists’ Association, young Zoo goers will learn the importance of good dental hygiene through fun activity stations and free giveaways, while supplies last. This event is free to attend. Admission is required to enter the Zoo.

 

More fun coming your way in APRIL……

 

4/05:      HOPabaloo (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) – Hop to the Zoo for brunch with the Easter bunny and a day of fun, including egg hunts with prizes for kids ages 3-6. Call (405) 425-0262 to make your brunch reservations.

4/07:      Read Across Oklahoma 2015 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)

4/11:      The Color Run in the Oklahoma City Adventure District – Volunteer to help with the run in support of the OKC Zoo. Learn more at www.okczoo.com or www.TheColorRun.com.

4/19:      Malee’s Birthday Bash (1-3 p.m.) – Join us as we celebrate little Malee’s big 4th birthday! 

4/26:      Party for the Planet (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) – Let’s celebrate this wonderful world and the wildlife we share it with!

 



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