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Awesome April Fun!



Don’t put your head in the sand! Get your tickets for the ZooFriends’ famous Ostrich Egg Breakfast to be held Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 8 - 11 a.m. Ticket costs include all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled hen eggs, waffles and omelets cooked to order by the best chefs and volunteers in OKC.  Tickets will be limited to 2,000 guests and tickets will not be sold the day of the event. Costs are $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 (ZooFriends’ members); and $12 for adults and $10 for children (non-members). Children 2 and under are free. Each ticket includes Zoo admission and a free sea lion presentation.  For more information, call ZooFriends at (405) 425-0618, or visit



The OKC Zoo will host its annual HOPabaloo Eggstravaganza on Sunday, April 5, 2015, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  The day will begin with free doughnuts at noon, while supplies last, in the Children’s Zoo; afternoon Tiny Tot Egg Scrambles from 1 – 3 p.m.  for kids ages 3-10 at the Children’s Zoo Grassy Meadow; and special Easter animal encounters throughout Zoo grounds, along with the regularly scheduled Weekend Keeper Connections. HOPabaloo activities are free with paid Zoo admission.



The Zoo’s annual Read Across Oklahoma will be Tuesday, April 7, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The pages of a popular children's book will come to life for hundreds of preschoolers as they participate in a variety of activities that promote reading and literacy. Oklahoma author Stacy Nyikos will read from her children’s book, “Toby,” about Toby the turtle’s adventures to reach his home in the ocean. Event maps and itineraries will be distributed in the Global Plaza, showcasing the day’s activities including meeting the cast of Super Why!, beloved characters from the PBS KIDS program, Super Why!; hearing children’s entertainer Spaghetti Eddie perform his witty songs; story time on Grandma’s Porch in the Children’s Zoo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; not to mention games with prizes, temporary tattoos and dance station located along the Zoo’s Lakeside. In addition, the first 1,000 children will receive a free book courtesy of Target. Plus, free event T-shirts will be given to the first 100 children.

Event activities are free with Zoo admission thanks to financial and volunteer support from Target. Additional partners include Capitol Hill High School FCCLA and ROTC, Krueger Charitable Foundation, Capitol Hill Graffix, PBS Ready to Learn, Brendan Parker Music, Metro Technology Centers, OETA-The Oklahoma Network, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, OZS ZooFriends, Tinker Federal Credit Union and the Zoo. Read Across Oklahoma is part of the statewide Ready to Learn initiative coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and OETA–The Oklahoma Network. This program promotes literacy and helps build the foundation for a lifetime of learning, specifically targeting preschool children who may be at risk for low literacy.



In a new exhibit, “Will and Wiley: The Men, The Bears”, the ZooZeum will feature the true story of Zoo ambassador grizzly bears, Will and Wiley, from April 8 – September 27, 2015. When two grizzly bears from Alaska were orphaned in 2003, the Zoo offered to raise them.  The bears were named after two famous Oklahomans, Will Rogers and Wiley Post.  Learn the story behind these famous bears and the men from Oklahoma. The ZooZeum is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily and is free with Zoo admission. 



The Color Run™ 5K event, also known as "The happiest 5K on the Planet," is coming to Oklahoma City’s Adventure District on April 11, 2015! The event is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality, and takes place in more than 100 cities around the globe each year. What’s more, ZooFriends, the nonprofit organization created to support and promote the Oklahoma City Zoo and its programs, has been chosen as the official charity. Participants will start and end at Remington Park, beginning at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Participants can make a donation to ZooFriends when they register at

The Zoo also needs volunteers to help run the event. For each person who registers to volunteer, ZooFriends will receive a donation from The Color Run. Volunteers, 16 and older, will help with event preparation, set up and clean up. Volunteer shifts run from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. on race day. Individuals and groups are welcome. To register as a volunteer, contact Candice Rennels at [email protected] or 405-425-0298.



The Zoo’s is throwing a pachyderm-size party to celebrate little elephant Malee’s fourth birthday from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. The Zoo will provide cake for thousands, party favors for guests, party favors and fun for the elephants, and lots of activities—all while supplies last!  Be part of the fun and watch Malee celebrate with her new little sister, 4-month-old Achara! A free elephant presentation will take place at 2 p.m. in the Elephant Pavilion. The entire event is free with paid Zoo admission. For more information, call(405) 425-0262.



The OKC Zoo is the happy place to party! The public is invited to the Zoo’s Party for the Planet, family-fun Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include games and prizes, a Scavenger Safari for children ages 3 to 11, live entertainment in the Global Plaza and Keeper Connections throughout the Zoo. The Zoo and Dr Pepper also will announce the winners of this year’s Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest at 2:30 p.m. in the Zoo’s Global Plaza. Party for the Planet is free with paid Zoo admission. For more information, call (405) 425-0262.



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 and take place weather permitting.) The 2015 schedule includes:


  • 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)


  • 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)


There’s more happening in May…..

May:   ZooFriends and Mathis Brothers’ membership discount

  • 02:  Bedford Camera & Nikon’s Borrow a Camera Lens Day at the OKC Zoo (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • 09:  Ostrich Egg Breakfast (8-11 a.m.) –Visit for ticket information.
  • 10:  Mother’s Day – Moms get in for free with any paid admission.
  • 15:  Endangered Species Day (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • 16:  Evening EscApe (6:30-8:30 p.m.) –Visit to learn more and to register.
  • 22:  Don’t Fry Day (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

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