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Posted by Candice Rennels on 04/03/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                    April 2, 2013



CONTACTS:              Candice Rennels   (405) 425-0298, (405) 412-6172, cell or [email protected]

Tara Henson         (405) 425-0219, (405) 919-9038, cell or [email protected]





APRIL 01 – MAY 15:            DR PEPPER ZOO SAFARI

The game is on at the Oklahoma City Zoo! April 1 through May 15, 2013, the Zoo invites children 11 and under to participate in the Dr Pepper Zoo Safari. Each week, your “I spy” safari will lead you to four answers in different areas of the Zoo. Find the answers then go to Guest Relations to collect your prize. Prizes and answers will change weekly, so play again! Click the QR codes on the answer signs to learn more about that particular area of the Zoo and upcoming happenings. During the game, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn how you could win Dr Pepper Zoo Safari swag! For more information, visit the Zoo’s Web site at



Celebrate the new ZooZeum exhibit “In Feathered Detail: The Art of George Miksch Sutton.” Learn about Sutton’s bird paintings and meet a live bird. Kids paint with feathers and learn to draw a simple bird. A Zoo artist will instruct teens and adults how to sketch and paint a bird feather. Canvases and paint will be supplied. Classes will meet in the Education Center then walk to the ZooZeum. Join us on Saturday, April 6, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages 4-14 years; or on Monday, April 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for ages 15 and up. Registrations can be made online at or by calling (405) 425-0218.



The nutty tale of three chipmunks and their zoo adventures will come to life for hundreds of preschoolers and guests during Read Across Oklahoma at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be a day of storytelling, reading-related activities, dancing, meeting PBS KIDS characters and more! The first 1,000 children to visit will receive a free book courtesy of Target. Plus, the first 100 children to stop by Target’s book giveaway table, located just past the Zoo’s turnstiles, will receive a limited-edition Read Across Oklahoma T-shirt. Enjoy hearing Oklahoma author Tammi Sauer read her newest children’s book, "Oh, Nuts!"and children's entertainer Spaghetti Eddie during three special performances at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or noon in the Zoo’s Aquaticus Show Arena. This event is free to attend with admission but seating is limited. Sponsor partners of Read Across Oklahoma 2013 include Capitol Hill High School FCCLA & ROTC, Krueger Charitable Foundation, Metro Technology Centers, Metropolitan Library Systems, North OKC Rotary, OETA-The Oklahoma Network, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, OZS ZooFriends, Target and the Zoo. For more information, call (405)




Your kids will be all smiles about attending Smile Safari at the Oklahoma City Zoo Saturday, April 13. Hosted by students from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and American Dental Hygienists’ Association, young Zoo goers will learn about the importance of good dental hygiene through fun activity stations set up in the Global Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plus, free giveaways while supplies last. This event is free to attend. Admission is required to enter the Zoo.



Come celebrate at the Zoo as our little Malee turns two! The Oklahoma City Zoo will be hosting Malee’s 2nd Birthday Bash on Sunday, April 14, 2013, and you’re invited. Everyone’s favorite little elephant is going to have a pachyderm-sized party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with cake for thousands, party favors for guests (while supplies last), party favors and fun for the elephants, and lots of activities! Bakery partners as of March 27, 2013, include Cakes & More, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Rosebeary’s Designs In Baking. Don’t miss the fun. For more information, call (405) 425-0262. 




Hit the green “fore” gorilla conservation during Gorilla Golf 2013. Presented by Dr Pepper, Gorilla Golf is a four-person scramble including 18 holes with golf cart, lunch, awards and a raffle. This year’s event will be held at Fairfax Golf Club of Edmond on Monday, April 15. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Individual golfer registration is $125; a team of four is $475. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information about this event, sponsorships or to register contact Brianne Hinojosa at (405) 425-0612 or [email protected]. All donations and net proceeds raised from the Gorilla Golf tournament will go to support the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, which is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa.



You’re invited to the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Party for the Planet, family-fun Earth Day celebration, on Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include live entertainment, Keeper Connections and an “I spy” game for children 11 and under with prizes. The Zoo and Dr Pepper will announce the winners of this year’s Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest at 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s Global Plaza. Event activities are free with Zoo admission. And what’s a party without gifts? Our gift to you–the Zoo is designating Sunday, April 21, as a Kid’s Choice Day! On a Kid’s Choice Day, kids get to bring an adult to the Zoo for free. Buy one child admission and get one adult admission FREE. This discount applies to regular child admission ages 3-11. No other discounts apply. For more information, call (405) 425-0262.


Get your breakfast on! Tickets are on sale now for ZooFriends’s famous Ostrich Egg Breakfast. Head to the Zoo on Saturday, May 11, for the best breakfast in town from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Ticket costs include all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled hens’ eggs, waffles and omelets cooked to order by professional chefs from area restaurants. Event T-shirts are also on sale. Breakfast tickets for members are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-11. For nonmembers it is $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, call ZooFriends at (405) 427-2461, ext. 618, or visit



ZooFriends is offering a $5 discount on all memberships (excluding Junior) throughout the month of April. ZooFriends members enjoy unlimited Zoo visits, the ZooSounds a quarterly newsletter, special event invitations and 10% off on Zoo concessions, gift shop purchases and education classes. For more information or to purchase a membership, go to or call (405) 425-0618.


We want to share our passion with you. Attend the Zoo’s free weekend Keeper Connections, weather permitting, to learn more about your favorite animals from the people who know them best, the keepers. Learn fun and interesting facts about the Zoo’s amazing animals. The complete schedule is as follows:


  • 11 a.m.            Koi Pond @ the 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 @ the Elephant Pavilion (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.       Black Rhino (July-October)
  • 1:15 p.m.         Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion
  • 1:30 p.m.         Birds of Prey (across from the picnic pavilions)
  • 1:30 p.m.         Great Apes (rotating conservation chats)
  • 2 p.m.              Upper Aquarium (Noble Aquatic Center)
  • 2:30 p.m.         River Otters @ Big Rivers, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.              Tigers
  • 4 p.m.              Alligators @ Oklahoma Trails
  • 4 p.m.              Indian Rhino



  • 10:30 a.m.       Cheetah (exciting lure run!)
  • 10:30 a.m.       Galapagos Tortoise @ Island Life
  • 11 a.m.            Red Pandas
  • 11 a.m.            Birds/Parrots @ Great EscApe’s Observation Tower
  • 11:30 a.m.       Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.       Black Rhino (July-October)
  • 1:15 p.m.         Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion
  • 1:30 p.m.         Birds of Prey (across from the picnic pavilions)
  • 1:30 p.m.         Great Apes (rotating conservation chats)
  • 2 p.m.              Lower Aquarium (Noble Aquatic Center)
  • 2:30 p.m.         River Otters @ Big Rivers, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.              Tigers
  • 4 p.m.              Indian Rhino



Need a gift idea? Think outside of the box and make someone you know a Parent of the Wild. The Oklahoma Zoological Society’s Parent of the Wild animal adoption program is offering you the chance to adopt an alligator, chimpanzee or sea lion this spring. Your tax-deductible donation of $40 or more helps supply the Zoo with important funding for the health, enrichment and nutritional needs for all its animals. Each adoption package comes with the choice of a plush alligator, chimpanzee or sea lion, an adoption certificate and name recognition on Zoo grounds for the entire year. Adoption does not include personal possession of the animal. For more information or to order your gift package, call (405) 427-2461, ext. 618, or visit


There’s more happening in May…

  • May:       ZooFriends and Mathis Brothers membership discount
  • May 04: Walk for MS

               Late Saturdays kick off

  • May 11:  Ostrich Egg Breakfast

               McBride Foundation Walk


  • May 12: Mother’s Day


There’s something fun for everyone at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan at or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit









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