There's Much to Do at the Zoo
JULY: 2015 CAPTURE THE WILD PHOTO CONTEST
Enter your prize Zoo photos in the Oklahoma Zoological Society’s (OZS) "Capture the Wild Photo Contest" from July 1 to July 31. Photos are categorized and judged in both youth and adult divisions. Entries are due July 31. Several of the photos, including the 2015 winners, will comprise the annual ZooFriends’ calendar. The full-color calendar is one of the benefits of ZooFriends membership. Participation is free. To learn more visit www.zoofriends.org.
JULY: WILD TUESDAYS STORY TIME SAFARIS
Take a reading safari with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Whole Foods Market OKC on Tuesdays in July! Perfect for children 11 and under, these free story sessions are held at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Grandma’s Porch in the Children’s Zoo. Story sessions are themed around fun, age appropriate stories and include a craft activity, keeper chat and snack.
JULY AND AUGUST: WAY BACK WEDNESDAYS
OKC Zoo guests will enjoy way back admission prices and cool fun with this summer’s Way Back Wednesdays. Every Wednesday in July and August, guests of all ages will receive Zoo admission for $1 per person. Children two and under are free. While at the Zoo on these groovy Wednesdays, guests can experience our new “wild enrichment” sessions. Attend these fun and informative sessions to learn how the Zoo’s keepers work to enrich the lives of the animals in their care every day. See several of your favorite Zoo animals enjoying special treats and other forms of enrichment. Animal enrichment provides an environment that stimulates natural behaviors. Enrichment is provided in a variety of ways including exhibit design, training, food or senses. “Wild Enrichment” sessions will take place weather permitting. The 2015 schedule follows:
“WILD ENRICHMENT” SESSIONS:
- 9:30 a.m. Oklahoma Trails: Rotates between grizzly bears, black bears and otters
- 10:30 a.m. Lower aquarium gallery: Noble Aquatic Center
- 11 a.m. Sea Lion presentation (regular fee of $2/person applies)
- 11 a.m. Alligator Snapping Turtle (Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails)
- 1 p.m. Sea Lion presentation (regular fee of $2/person applies)
- 1:30 p.m. Andean Condor (across from the picnic pavilions)
- 1:30 p.m. African Wild Dog pups
- 1:30 p.m. Orangutans and Chimpanzees (Great EscApe)
- 2 p.m. Elephants presentation
- 2 p.m. Spider Monkeys (Children’s Zoo)
JULY AND AUGUST: ENROLL IN OKC ZOO SUMMER CAMPS
Introduce your young explorers to a wild world of fun and wonder with the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Summer Camps. Our weekly themed camps are available through August for children ages 3-15. Camps meet Tuesday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. And, new this year, you can take advantage of extended day hours from 12:30-5:15 p.m. for an additional fee. These highly popular programs will reach capacity, so enroll now. Advance registration, payment and birth certificate are required. For information, call (405) 425-0218. To register online, visit www.okczooed.com/camps1.
About the new extended day option: Following each morning session at 12:30 p.m., campers will enjoy a variety of activities including Zoo rides and attractions, exhibit tours, animal visits, keeper chats, enrichment, water play and weekly visits to Science Museum Oklahoma. Daily snacks provided.
AUGUST 7 - 31: 6th ANNUAL ART GONE WILD
From gorillas to giraffes and stingrays to sea lions, art is created using a wild palette at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Zoo will be hosting its sixth annual Art Gone Wild art show at the a.k.a. gallery (3001 Paseo) in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District from August 7-31, 2015. The public is also invited to the exhibition’s opening night, Friday, August 7, from 6 -9 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Walk.
THROUGH AUGUST 31: OKC ZOO AND OKLAHOMA BLOOD INSTITUTE SUMMER 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! Now through August 31, 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. A blood mobile is not located at the Zoo. To find a donation location and schedule an appointment, visit www.obi.org.
THROUGH OCTOBER: WEEKEND KEEPER CONNECTIONS
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 our planet’s wildlife and wild places, and what you can do to help, too. Keeper Connections are held at posted areas throughout Zoo grounds weekends only, and occur weather permitting. Schedules are available in the Guest Relations office.
THROUGH OCTOBER: OKC ZOO BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCES
This is your opportunity for an amazing and rare experience to go behind the Zoo scenes! 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 available weekends through October. The cost is $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. Participants can choose from various animal areas. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. Participants must be 14 years and older. Gift certificates are available. To book a Behind the Scenes experience, call (405) 425-0262.
MORE FUN HAPPENING IN AUGUST...
- VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT
- INSTAMEET AT THE ZOO