2016 Happenings at the Zoo!

(Dates and times are subject to change.)



Two-for-One Tuesdays: Buy one admission ticket on Tuesdays through February and receive one for free (of equal or lesser value).

01:        New Year’s Day – The Zoo is closed.

22:        Craft Night at the ZooZeum (Family Snooze) - Beginning at 7 p.m., spend all evening in the ZooZeum creating your own miniature shoe box exhibit modeled after the Cabinet of Curiosities. Supplies provided. Snacks and a light breakfast provided Saturday morning, Jan. 23. Ages 4 and up. Register at

24:         Free Lecture at 2 p.m. with Dr. Greg Rasmussen on African Painted Dog conservation. Education building.

30:         OETA Winter Writer's Fair (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - Education building. Event is free. Zoo admission free for first 200 attendees. Register at

30:         Twilight Game Night Adult Program - Hone your drawing skills and get a team together for our night time, sketch-and-guess event. Light snacks and limited adult beverages provided. Ages 21 and up. Register at



Behind the Scenes Adventures (February-October) – Find the adventurer in you! For information about purchasing an experience, visit

02:          Groundhog Day (10 AM)–Join in the fun as our animal ambassadors make their annual prediction. This event is

free to attend.

14:          Gorilla Leom's 3rd birthday - Festivities begin at 2 p.m. in Great EscApe

22:          Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art ContestOklahoma students in K-12 are eligible. Wild prizes and the chance to have your design on a Dr Pepper machine at the Zoo. Come on, get creative! Entry forms available at Contest ends March 31.



Stingray Bay opens for the season.

Sea lion presentations begin.

12:          Weekend Keeper Connections (Saturdays and Sundays through October 31) – Schedules available in Guest Relations and online at

27:          HOPabaloo (11 AM-3 PM) – Hop to the Zoo for brunch with the Easter bunny and a day of fun, including an egg hunt with prizes for kids 3-6. Call (405) 425-0262 to make your brunch reservations.



02:          Smile Safari (10 AM-2PM) – Global Plaza

05:          Read Across Oklahoma 2016 (9 AM-1 PM)

16:          Evening EscApe (6:30-8:30 PM) – Enjoy dinner at Great EscApe and support a gr“ape” cause. Visit to learn more or to register.

30:          Party for the Planet (11 AM-3 PM) – Let’s celebrate this wonderful world and the wildlife we share it with!



Bedford Camera & Nikon’s Borrow a Camera Lens Day at the OKC Zoo (10 AM-2 PM) - Swag and coupons available while supplies last. Guests must provide a driver's license to borrow a lens. Regular admission applies to enter the Zoo.

Don’t Fry Day (10 AM-2 PM)

01-31:    Mathis Brothers Membership Discount

07:          Ostrich Egg Breakfast (8-11AM) –The entire family will enjoy this fun and tasty tradition. Visit for ticket information.

08:          Mother’s Day – Moms get in for free with any paid admission.

13:          Endangered Species Day (10 AM-2 PM)

16:          OKC Zoo and Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) partnership begins. Donate blood at any OBI event from May 16-August 31 and receive a voucher for two adult admission tickets to the Zoo.

20:          Evening with the Elephants (6-9 PM) – Visit to learn more or to register.



Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safaris (9:30 & 10:30AM): Take a reading safari with the Zoo on Tuesdays in June and July! Kids 11 and under are invited to hear stories, meet a keeper and get a free drink.

10:          World Oceans Day (10 AM-2 PM)

17:          Zoobilation (7-11 PM) – A great cause. A wild time. Must be 21 to attend. Call (405) 425-0618 to learn more.

19:          Father’s Day – Dads get in for free with any paid admission.



ZooFriends Capture the Wild photo contest - Visit to learn more.

Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safaris (9:30 & 10:30AM story sessions)

Way Back Wednesdays: Zoo admission is $1 per person on Wednesdays in July and August. 

17:          Sales Tax Appreciation Day – Free admission for everyone.



Way Back Wednesdays: Zoo admission is $1 per person on Wednesdays.

Art Gone Wild Art Show

12:          World Elephant Day

31:          OKC Zoo and Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) partnership ends.  



ZooFriends Appreciation Day (9 AM-8 PM)

30:          ZooBrew – Must be 21 to attend. Call ZooFriends at (405) 425-0618 to learn more.



01:          The Color Run in the Oklahoma City Adventure District – Volunteer to help with the run in support of ZooFriends and the OKC Zoo. Learn more at or

01:          OKC Zoo Costume Swap (10 AM-2 PM)

01-09:    Pumpkin Drive – Bring a pumpkin larger than your head and receive free Zoo admission that day.

02:          Pistol Pete’s 94th birthday celebration at the Zoo (2 PM) 

21:          Pumpkin Chomp n’ Stomp (10 AM-2 PM)

26-31:    Haunt the Zoo for Halloween (6:30-8:30 PM nightly) – Join us for the most fa”boo”lous Halloween event in town with six nights of trick-or-treating fun. Additional fees apply.



01-30:    Cell Phone Challenge – Learn more at

11:          Veteran’s Day – All active duty, active reserves, retirees and up to five guests receives free admission.

12:          America Recycles Day (10 AM-2 PM)

23:          Free day at the Zoo.

24:          Thanksgiving Day – The Zoo is closed.



NEW! Two for One Tuesdays at the Zoo!  Buy one Zoo admission and get one free! This special offer is available on Tuesdays only during the months of December, January and February.

ZooFriends members will receive 25% off all purchases made at the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop during the month.

01-31:    Wild Wish Tree – Visit to learn how you can become a secret Santa for the Zoo’s animals!

03:          Gayla Peevey Skype Sing-A-Long: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (noon in the Safari Gift Shop)

13:          Santa Delivers (10:30-11:30 AM) – Santa will visit the Zoo. Enjoy free hot chocolate and doughnuts (while supplies last).

25:          Christmas Day – The Zoo is closed.