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Posted by Diana Jones on 03/29/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      March 28, 2012



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

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




Tickets are on sale now for the Zoo and ZooFriends’s famous Ostrich Egg Breakfast. Bring the family to the best breakfast event in town on Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Zoo. Ticket costs include an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of pancakes, sausage, scrambled hens’ eggs, waffles and of course, ostrich egg omelets cooked to order by professional chefs from area restaurants. Event T-shirts are also on sale. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages three-11 for ZooFriends members, and $12 for adults and $8 for children for non-members. For more information call ZooFriends at (405) 427-2461, ext. 618 or


Ever wonder what a parrot likes to do for fun? How bowling helps save rhinos? Or, why altering your grocery list can save wild orangutans? Keeper Connections are a great way to learn about your favorite animals from the people who care for them. Connect with wildlife while hearing & seeing how the Zoo strives to conserve and preserve our natural resources, and what you can do to help, too.  Keeper Connections continue through October, weather permitting. The complete schedule is as follows:




  • 11 a.m.          Macaws @ the Children’s Zoo
  • 11 a.m.          Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion (March – June)
  • 11 a.m.          Black Rhino (July – October)
  • 1:15 p.m.       Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion
  • 1:30 p.m.       Birds of Prey (across from picnic pavilions)
  • 1:30 p.m.       Great Apes Rotating Conservation Chats
  • 2 p.m.            Cheetahs
  • 2 p.m.            Upper Aquarium (Noble Aquatic Center)
  • 2:30 p.m.       River Otters (Oklahoma Trails)
  • 2:30 p.m.       Birds/Parrots @ Great EscApe’s Observation Tower
  • 3 p.m.            Tigers
  • 4 p.m.            Alligators (Oklahoma Trails)




  • 11 a.m.          Red Pandas
  • 11 a.m.          Galapagos Tortoise @ Island Life
  • 11 a.m.          Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion (March – June)
  • 11 a.m.          Black Rhino (July – October)
  • 1:15 p.m.       Elephant Presentation @ the Elephant Pavilion
  • 1:30 p.m.       Birds of Prey (across from picnic pavilions)
  • 1:30 p.m.       Great Apes Rotating Conservation Chats
  • 2 p.m.            Cheetahs
  • 2 p.m.            Lower Aquarium (Noble Aquatic Center)
  • 2:30 p.m.       River Otters (Oklahoma Trails)
  • 2:30 p.m.       Birds/Parrots @ Great EscApe’s Observation Tower
  • 3 p.m.            Tigers



Answer the call of the wild and enjoy the Zoo all year long! ZooFriends is offering a $5 discount on all memberships (excluding Junior) from March 1 - April 30. ZooFriends members enjoy unlimited zoo visits, a quarterly newsletter, ZooSounds, 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.



Together we can make a difference! During the month of April, ZooFriends is offering a special animal adoption that allows you to adopt an elephant, tiger and/or grizzly bear. Your gracious $40 donation aids the Oklahoma City Zoo with important funding for health, enrichment and the nutritional needs of all our animals including our Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers and grizzly bears. Recipients will receive a plush animal, an adoption certificate, a fact sheet about their animal and name recognition on Zoo grounds for an entire year. Animal adoptions do not include personal possession of any Zoo animals.  For more information call ZooFriends at (405) 425-0618 or order online at



We’re wild about conservation! From April 1 through June 15, families can enter the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Rhythm of Conservation Sweepstakes for a chance to win great prizes! You may enter online at the official Rhythm of Conservation Sweepstakes website ( and return once daily to enter again and learn about a different animal each day. On the site, visitors may also browse interactive educational activities and lessons about conservation. Attend the Zoo’s Party for the Planet on April 22 or World Oceans Day in June for additional chances to win! Sponsored by K12.


Hop to the Zoo for brunch with the Easter bunny and a day of fun! Brunch times are 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the cost is $17 for adults and $12 for children ages three-11 and seniors. Brunch will be served in the Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center. ZooFriends and military members receive 10% off the total cost of brunch. The menu includes: spiral-sliced ham, baked chicken breasts, scrambled eggs, pancakes with toppings, macaroni and cheese, veggie medley, biscuits n’ gravy, fresh fruit, garden salad and assorted desserts. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at, click “Buy Tickets” in the top right corner to get started. Plus, the following activities will be taking place on grounds from 1 to 3 p.m. and are free with regular Zoo admission: Krispy Kreme doughnuts, an animal encounter (meet our Children’s Zoo bunnies), Keeper Connections and the Tiny Tot Egg Scrambles for ages five and under. For more information, visit To purchase tickets, click the “Buy Tickets” button on the top right of the home page, then “Admission” and scroll down to HOPabaloo. Call the Zoo at (405) 425-0262 with questions.



Go bow WOW for reading and head to the Oklahoma City Zoo for Read Across Oklahoma. Read Across Oklahoma is an annual special event directed at young children to celebrate literacy and encourage reading. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. children will have the opportunity to visit different literacy stations, attend story time sessions in the Children’s Zoo, get temporary tattoos, groove at the dance station and meet celebrity PBS characters Super Why! and Clifford the Big Red Dog! Plus attend a special performance in the Zoo’s Noble Aquatic Show Arena at 10 a.m. or noon featuring Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, author of “Charlie the Ranch Dog,” and Spaghetti Eddie. The first 2,000 children age 11 and under to attend the event will receive a free book courtesy of Target! Read Across Oklahoma sponsor partners include Target, Capitol Hill High School FCCLA & ROTC, Krueger Charitable Foundation, Metro Technology Centers, OETA-The Oklahoma Network, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, OZS ZooFriends, Rotary International and the Zoo. Event activities are free with Zoo admission.



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



The Oklahoma City Zoo is celebrating the biggest birthday in our history since Judy the elephant! Malee the elephant’s 1st Birthday Bash is Sunday, April 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Zoo. Our first ever baby elephant is going to have a birthday party and celebrate with thousands of her admirers!  Cake for thousands, party favors for guests (while supplies last) party favors and fun for the elephants and lots of activities!  Bakeries providing sweets (as of March 28) include Ingrid’s Kitchen, Johnnies Sweet Creations and Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sweete Memories and Sugar! Come join us for a pachyderm-sized party! Party sponsors include: News9,, 98.9 KISS FM and La Indomable.



It’s up to all of us to care for and preserve our precious planet and together, with the Oklahoma City Zoo we can! You’re invited to our Party for the Planet family-fun event in celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include live entertainment, Keeper Connections and a Party for the Planet “I Spy Safari” for children 11 and under sponsored by Kohl’s. Kids will be encouraged to visit each safari station on grounds to get their passport stamped. While at the safari station, kids will participate in a craft or activity while learning how the Zoo strives to conserve and preserve our natural resources, and what they can do to help, too. Each child that completes their passport will receive a prize. Passports will be available in the Global Plaza. That’s not all. The Zoo and Dr Pepper will also be announcing the winners of this year’s Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest at 1 p.m. in the Zoo’s Global Plaza. What would a party be without presents? Event activities are free with Zoo admission. For more information visit



Our gift to you–the Zoo is designating Sunday, April 22 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 three-11. No other discounts apply.



Take a swing “fore” gorilla conservation during Gorilla Golf 2012. Gorilla Golf is a four-person scramble featuring breakfast and lunch, hole-in-one prizes, special contests and a raffle. This year’s event will be held at The Greens Country Club on Monday, April 23. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Individual golfer registration is $125; team of four registration is $750. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information about this event, sponsorships or to register contact Allie Sheldon at 405-425-0613 or by e-mail at [email protected]. All donations made and all 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.



This isn't your typical Saturday night! Attend this special fundraising event at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Saturday, April 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and help great ape conservation. Your wild evening will include wine and dinner, a behind-the-scenes tour of Great EscApe, a special presentation from keeper Scott Jackson about his recent trip to Sumatra and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person. Guests must be 14 or older to attend. For more information contact Allie Sheldon at 405-425-0613 or [email protected]. Purchase tickets online at or by phone. All net proceeds from this event will help support the Oklahoma City Zoo and its many conservation projects.


There’s more happening in May…


  • May 22 – June 24: ZooFriends & Mathis Brothers Membership Discount
  • May 05: Walk for MS
  • May 05: Stay Late On Saturdays kicks off
  • May 12: Ostrich Egg Breakfast
  • May 12: Zoolympics
  • May 13: Mother’s Day
  • May 19: Limbs for Life Blaze Through The Zoo


There’s something fun for everyone at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Visit Oklahoma’s #1 attraction and one of the top three zoos in the country as named in the 2012 10Besties Readers' Choice Travel Awards! The Oklahoma City 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, $5 for children ages three-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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