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ZOOper Valentine's Day Treats

Love for Leom! Birthday Party

L is for Leom! The Zoo’s youngest gorilla, Leom, is turning one! Leom was born on Valentine’s Day 2013 and, to celebrate, Zoo staff is planning a birthday celebration! The fun will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, February 14 at Great EscApe. Festivities include enrichment for Leom and his gorilla family, and craft activities for children. Plus, guests will enjoy mini cupcakes from Cuppies and Joe while supplies last. Come by and wish Leom a happy birthday!

 Special Gift Ideas

This Valentine’s Day, be creative and consider one of these unique Zoo gift ideas for that special someone!


Give two gifts in one with OZS ZooFriends animal adoption program. The Zoo’s youngest gorilla, Leom turns one on Valentine’s Day and to celebrate ZooFriends is offering a gorilla adoption special in his honor. Your generous $45 donation helps supply the Zoo with important funding for health, enrichment and the nutritional needs of all our animals including Leom and his gorilla family. Gift recipients will receive a plush gorilla, an adoption certificate and a fact sheet about their animal. Animal adoptions do not include personal possession of any Zoo animals.  For more information call ZooFriends at (405) 427-2461, ext. 618 or visit



These paintings are something to trumpet about. Little Malee loves to paint and with assistance from her caretakers she has been creating new masterpieces just in time for Valentine’s Day. Each original piece costs $50 with all proceeds benefiting the Zoo’s Conservation Action Now programs. Paintings are available for purchase starting February 1, in the Zoo’s Guest Relations office, first office on the right past the main ticket booths, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, call the Zoo’s Guest Relations office at (405) 425-0262.



Surprise your Valentine with a Behind the Scenes program certificate, the ultimate Zoo experience. Behind the Scenes enables participants to observe the Zoo’s animal professionals in action while learning about their commitment to caring for and conserving the Zoo’s amazing animal collection. All Behind the Scenes program participants must be 14 or older. Program certificates are available for purchase in the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, visit

Earth-Friendly Candy

Why not impress your loved ones with great Valentine's candy and send some love to wild orangutans at the same time.  How? Help reduce the demand for palm oil production (which causes the loss of orangutans and their habitats) by buying palm-oil free household items, food and candy. Here's a list of candy you can be sure does not contain non-sustainable palm oil.

Click here for a Palm Oil Free candy list.

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