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Membership has its perks! On Friday, September 5, ZooFriends’ members are invited to enjoy a fun-filled day at the OKC Zoo from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The day includes free admission to Stingray Bay, various rides, Sea Lion presentations, Elephant presentations, Keeper Chats, and much more. Take advantage of a $5 discount when you purchase or renew a ZooFriends’ membership during Appreciation Day. For more information, call (405) 425-0618.


Month of September:  SWAPTEMBER

Throughout September, some favorite Oklahoma organizations are teaming up to save you money. During Swaptember, show your current membership card from any of the following organizations and receive $5 off any other listed organizations’ membership:  Museum of Osteology, Myriad Botanical Gardens, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma Historical Society, Sam Noble Museum, Science Museum Oklahoma, Strafford Air & Space Museum, and ZooFriends. Discount does not apply to home organization membership. Discount is valid only with a current membership card from one of the listed organizations and does not apply to phone or online orders. For more information, call(405) 425-0618.



Dates are set for the Zoo’s popular fall educational programs for a variety of ages and themes. For more information, contact the Education department at (405) 425-0218 or visit for details.

Family Programs

The Zoo is all about family and fun!  All Family Programs welcome parent participation and all parents are free with paid child registration, unless otherwise noted. Cost per child varies per program and for Zoo members and nonmembers.  Preregistration and payment required. Choose from the following schedule:

  • Baby Rhino Rumble - Sat., Sept. 6; 1-2:30 p.m.; Ages 3 and up; $12 members, $15 nonmembers.
  • Zoos Thru History: A Dinner, Chat and Stroll – Thur., Sept. 18; 7 - 10 p.m.; Ages 14 and up; Enjoy dinner at the ZooZeum while learning about the development of zoos through history from Zoo historian, Amy Dee Stephens.  Make a return stroll through the Zoo after dark; $20 members, $22 nonmembers.

Home School Program

Let the Zoo be your real-life, fresh-air, nearby learning lab.  Classes, taught by Zoo educators, include animal encounters, exhibit tours and much more.  Join us Friday, September 5, from 10 - 11 a.m. for “Sharks, Rays & Skates.” Preregistration is required. Cost per student/child is $7 each. Nonregistered siblings pay regular Zoo admission. One parent or teacher is free for each completed transaction.


September 26:  ZOOBREW VI

The 6th annual ZooBrew is slated for Friday, September 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  ZooBrew is a beer-tasting event featuring over 30 beers provided by local breweries and distributors. During the event, patrons will sample beers, listen to live music, enjoy great food and have the chance to participate in a silent auction. ZooBrew is limited to 700 guests. Pre-Brew is an early "taste" of ZooBrew at 5:30 p.m.  Be among the 150 individuals admitted early to taste high-end specialty beers and appetizers not being offered during regular ZooBrew hours! Attendees must be 21 or older with a valid ID. No children are allowed.  Pre-Brew is $65 (includes admission to ZooBrew);  ZooBrew is $35 for ZooFriends members and $45 for nonmembers. Designated Driver tickets are $10.  You may purchase tickets at the ZooFriends membership office, online or by phone at 405-425-0618. For more information, contact Brianne Hinojosa at (405)425-0612 or



This Halloween, green is the new orange. And saving some green is always in season. The Oklahoma City Zoo is hosting its annual Halloween Costume Swap event on Saturday, October 4.  Kids will enjoy shopping costumes that are “new” to them while adults enjoy saving some green. For early drop-off, you can bring your new or gently used child-sized Halloween costumes to the Zoo’s Guest Relations office from September 29 through October 3, and receive a ticket to come back and shop our Swap on the 4th! One ticket for the Swap will be given for each costume donated. Or, you may donate without swapping. No Zoo admission required.  For more information, contactGuest Relations at (405)425-0262.



Need to make a memory? Sunday Behind the Scenes is your opportunity for an amazing and rare experience through October. You’ll get to spend time with Zoo animal teams as they care for and enrich their animals.  Who knows? You may even get an up close view of baby rhino Rupert! Tours for individuals or couples are from 9 a.m. - noon on Sundays only. Group tours are from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Participants must be 14 and older. Pre-registration is required. Gift certificates are available.  The cost is $100/person for ZooFriends members and $120/person for nonmembers. Groups up to eight participants are $250. For 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 on Saturdays and Sundays only, and occur weather permitting. Free with paid Zoo admission. For more information, callGuest Relations at (405) 425-0262.


  • 11 a.m.            Flamingos: Children’s Zoo
  • 11 a.m.            Red River Hogs
  • 11 a.m.            Birds/Parrots: Great EscApe’s observation tower
  • 11:30 a.m.      Elephant presentation: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.      Rhinos (July-October)
  • 1:30 p.m.        Birds of prey: Across from the picnic pavilions
  • 1:30 p.m.        Great EscApe
  • 2 p.m.              Elephant presentation: Elephant Habitat
  • 2 p.m.              Upper Aquarium: Noble Aquatic Center
  • 2:30 p.m.        River otters: Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.              Tigers
  • 4 p.m.              Alligators: Oklahoma Trails


  • 10:30 a.m.      Cheetah
  • 10:30 a.m.      Galapagos Tortoise: Island Life
  • 11 a.m.            Zoo Lake habitats: Red Panda habitat
  • 11:30 a.m.      Elephant presentation: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.      Rhinos (July-October)
  • 1:30 p.m.        Birds of prey: Across from the picnic pavilions
  • 1:30 p.m.        Great EscApe
  • 2 p.m.              Elephant presentation: Elephant Habitat
  • 2 p.m.              Lower Aquarium: Noble Aquatic Center
  • 2:30 p.m.        River otters: Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.              Tigers
  • 3:30 p.m.        Turkey Vulture: Oklahoma Trails aviary


More EVENTS happening in OCTOBER:

  • 9/29-10/03:  Early drop off for Halloween Costume Swap (9 a.m.- 5 p.m., daily)
  • 10/01-03:  Monarch Migration (1 - 3 p.m.) All ages; FREE with Zoo admission.
  • 10/04-12:  Pumpkin Drive – Bring a pumpkin larger than your head to get free Zoo admission that day.
  • 10/04:   OKC Zoo Halloween Costume Swap (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.)
  • 10/05:   Pistol Pete’s 91st birthday celebration at the Zoo (2 p.m.)
  • 10/26-31:  Haunt the Zoo for Halloween (6:30-8:30 p.m. nightly) – Join us for the most fa”boo”lous Halloween event in town with six nights of trick-or-treating fun. Cost is $7 per child. Adults are free.

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