Events

There's Much to Do at the Zoo!

 

WEDNESDAYS IN AUGUST: WAY BACK WEDNESDAYS

OKC Zoo guests will enjoy way back admission prices every Wednesday in August for just $1 per person. Children two and under are free. AND each Wednesday, guests can experience our new “wild enrichment” sessions, weather permitting, 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 with special or new exhibit design, training, food or sensory activity. “Wild Enrichment” sessions are free and will take place weather permitting. The 2015 schedule follows:

  • 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)

 

NOW THROUGH AUGUST 29:  6th ANNUAL ART GONE WILD: PAINTINGS BY OKC ZOO ANIMALS

From gorillas to giraffes and stingrays to sea lions, art is created using a wild palette at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Zoo is hosting its sixth annual Art Gone Wild art show at the a.k.a. gallery (3001 Paseo) in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District through August 29, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For Art Gone Wild information call Zoo Guest Relations, (405) 425-0264 or okczoo.com.

The show features original pieces of art created by the Zoo’s own talented, animal artists made especially for the show (with some help from their care givers). Techniques vary by animal. Some animals enjoy using paint brushes while others choose to paint with their trunks, paws and even noses! The Zoo's exhibition gives guests the opportunity to view and purchase these unique works of art, with all net proceeds benefiting the Zoo's conservation initiatives including Jatun Sacha Foundation, Ecuador and Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya. Art by zoo animals is part of the animal enrichment process of providing a stimulating environment which addresses an animal's social, psychological and physical needs. Creating art is safe for the animals; the paints are non-toxic and washable. New this year are large, wrapped canvas portraits of the Zoo’s animals and unique animal x-ray photographs in various formats.

 

NOW THROUGH AUGUST 31:  ZOO IT ALL PASS PROMOTION

Want to experience the ultimate day at the Zoo?  Now’s your chance with the brand new Zoo-It-All experience. Just post your pics or videos from your next OKC Zoo visit (now through August 31, 2015) with hashtag #zooitall and #attokc for your chance to win weekly “Zoo it all” prize packs, including the Zoo-It-All pass worth $25! The pass allows you to feed giraffes, touch stingrays, ride the carousel, feed the lorikeets, check out the sea lions, and so much more! The prize pack includes Zoo admission. This promotion is brought to you by KJ103, AT&T OKC and the Oklahoma City Zoo!

 

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:  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.

 

SEPTEMBER 4:  HOME SCHOOL PROGRAM

Embrace the freedom to enjoy experiences beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom by letting the Zoo be your real-life, fresh-air, nearby learning lab. Monthly classes, taught by Zoo educators, include animal encounters, exhibit tours, and much more. Learn the characteristics and habitats that make each animal unique.  Future dates also include Oct. 2, Nov. 6. and Dec. 4. One parent is free for each completed transaction. Visit www.okczooed.com/homeschool for more information.

•             NEW!  1-2 p.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m.

•             NEW!  Ages:  4-5 yrs., 6-7 yrs., 8-12 yrs.

•             Cost per student:  $7.00 each

 

SEPTEMBER 5: STORY SAFARI

The Zoo is full of amazing animals with stories to tell! During Story Safari, learn to create crazy cartoon voices, delightfully descriptive details, wacky wildlife sounds and magical mammal movements to bring your animal stories to life. Each session ends with a Family Story Bee competition! Perfect for families with children ages 5-10 years old.  Enroll in one, some or all!  Classes are from 10-11:30 a.m. For more information, call (405) 425-0218.

 

September 7:  SAFARI DAY CAMP

Want a unique adventure for your child (age 4-11) during school holidays? The Oklahoma City Zoo provides fun and safe day camps that will help them connect to animals and nature. Snacks are provided for all Day Camps, but campers must bring their lunch. Cost per child per day is $25 per half-day* and $45 per full day*.  Advance registration and payment are required. *Half- Day Camp runs 8:30-12:30 and full-day camp runs 8:30-5:15. Drop-off runs from 8:20-8:30 a.m. Visit www.okczooed.com to register. For more information, call(405) 425-0218. Camps offered include:

 

September 11:  ZOOFRIENDS’ APPRECIATION DAY

Membership has its perks! On Friday, September 11, ZooFriends’ members are invited to enjoy a fun-filled day at the OKC Zoo from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The day includes member preview of the new Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital, 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.

 

September 22-25: BUTTERFLY GARDEN MONARCH MIGRATION

The Zoo's Education and Horticulture teams will host a Monarch Migration event from September 22-25 in the Butterfly Garden from 1-3 p.m. each day. Specialists will be netting monarchs and attaching wing tags so that researchers can track migration patterns. You will learn about the importance of conservation for this species. Zoo admission is required.

 

September 25:  ZOOBREW VII

The 7th annual ZooBrew is slated for Friday, September 25, from 7 to 10 p.m.  ZooBrew is a beer-tasting event featuring over 50 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 750 guests.  Tickets are $35 for ZooFriends’ members and $45 for nonmembers. Pre-Brew is an early "taste" of ZooBrew beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Be among the 250 individuals admitted early to taste high-end specialty beers and appetizers not being offered during regular ZooBrew hours! Pre-Brew is $65, which includes admission to ZooBrew and a commemorative t-shirt.Attendees must be 21 or older with a valid ID. Designated Driver tickets are $10. No children are allowed. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the ZooFriends’ membership office, online or by phone at 405-425-0618. For more information, contact Brianne Hinojosa at (405) 425-0612 or [email protected].

 

September 26-27:  OKC ZOO at the 2015 WILDLIFE EXPO

Presented by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the annual Expo celebrates Oklahoma's natural diversity and provides hands-on activities for sporting enthusiasts of all ages to experience camping and other outdoor skills, such as shooting, fishing, bird watching and kayaking, The Zoo's booth will explore the plight of the once-plentiful Horned Lizard and why the Zoo supports a program for them to wear backpacks. The Expo, located at 9600 Lazy E Drive in Guthrie, OK, will run from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 

September 28 – October 3:  HALLOWEEN COSTUME DROP AND SWAP AT THE OKC ZOO

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 3.  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 28 through October 2, and receive a ticket to come back and shop our Swap on the 3rd! 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.

 

Now – October 31:  BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCES

Want to make a memory? 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 Saturdays and Sundays. Group tours are from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 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 each. For information, call (405) 425-0262.

 

Now – October 31:  WEEKEND KEEPER CONNECTIONS

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.  Weekend 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.

 

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
  • 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)

 

MORE EVENTS HAPPENING IN OCTOBER:

  • 9/28-10/02:  Early drop off for Halloween Costume Swap (9 a.m.- 5 p.m., daily)
  • 10/03:   OKC Zoo Halloween Costume Swap (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • 10/03-11:  Pumpkin Drive – Bring a pumpkin larger than your head to receive free Zoo admission that day.
  • 10/04:   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.  Tickets available online beginning October 1 at www.okczoo.com.