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Posted by Candice Rennels on 04/03/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                    April 3, 2014


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]




The game is on at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Now through May 11, 2014, the Zoo invites children 11 and under to participate in the Dr Pepper “I Spy” Zoo Safari. Each week, the Zoo Safari will lead children to four “I Spy” clues on Zoo grounds, easily grouped together in Zoo areas. Clues posted on signs also have QR codes that can be scanned to learn fun facts each week. Once clues are found, participants can go to Guest Relations to collect a prize. Clues and prizes will change weekly, so play again! The Zoo's Facebook fan page at  will post periodic giveaways of Dr Pepper Zoo Safari swag.  For information, visit



Come explore the newest ZooZeum exhibit, “Aquaticus: An Ocean on the Prairie”. Visitors will learn about the building of the Midwest’s only major aquarium in the 1980s, Oklahoma’s fascination with dolphins and the sensitive circumstances that led the Zoo to end the dolphin program to pursue the Fins and Feathers show.  The exhibit includes beautiful design work and a 5-minute video. The ZooZeum is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily and is free with Zoo admission. 



Calling everyone who’s wild about saving gorillas! The Oklahoma City Zoo invites you to help save gorillas by donating old or used cell phones to the Give for Gorillas Cell Phone Challenge from April 1 through May 12, 2014. The group or individual collecting the most phones will win an ultimate prize package from the Zoo, including one complimentary education program, a gift basket from the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop, an animal painting and a plaque to show off their contribution to conservation! All cell phone donations can be dropped off at the Guest Relations office from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.  Recycling cell phones can have a positive impact on the environment. Coltan, a substance commonly found in small electronics, is mined in areas that are home to wild gorillas and the process often results in the loss of that important habitat. Phones donated to the Zoo will be dismantled and disposed of following strict environmental guidelines by our partners at the Eco-Cell Recycling Program. Old parts are used to refurbish new cell phones which are then sold in developing countries. One hundred percent of the Zoo's proceeds from the challenge will be donated to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.  For more information and helpful materials, visit



You just can’t beat this breakfast! Tickets are now on sale for ZooFriends’ famous Ostrich Egg Breakfast to be held Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 8 - 11 a.m. Ticket costs include all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled hen eggs, waffles and omelets cooked to order by the best chefs and volunteers in OKC.  New in 2014--Tickets will be limited to 2,000 guests and tickets will not be sold the day of the event. Costs are $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-11 (ZooFriends’ members); and $12 for adults and $9 for children (non-members). Children 2 and under are free. Each ticket includes Zoo admission and a free sea lion presentation.  For more information, call ZooFriends at (405) 427-2461, ext. 618, or visit  Event T-shirts will be on sale.



The pages of a popular children's book will come to life for hundreds of preschoolers during Read Across Oklahoma at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. From 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Children 11 and under will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that promote reading and literacy. The first 1,000 children will receive a free book courtesy of Target. Back by popular demand, Oklahoma author, Tammi Sauer, will read from her children’s book, "Mr. Duck Means Business" and Zoo activities will highlight the book's theme and message. Children’s entertainer, Spaghetti Eddie, will "quack" you up with his funny songs and entertainment. The complimentary books will be given out just past the Zoo’s turnstiles.  Read Across Oklahoma is a part of the statewide Ready to Learn initiative coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and OETA-The Oklahoma Network. This program promotes literacy and helps build the foundation for a lifetime of learning specifically targeting preschool children who may be at-risk for low literacy. Sponsor partners of Read Across Oklahoma 2014 include Target, Capitol Hill High School FCCLA and ROTC, Krueger Charitable Foundation, Capital Hill Graffix, PBS Ready To Learn, Brendan Parker Music, Metro Technology Centers, OETA-The Oklahoma Network, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, OZS ZooFriends, Metropolitan Library Systems and the Zoo. For more information, call (405) 522-3186.



The Color Run™ 5K event, also known as "The happiest 5K on the Planet," is coming to Oklahoma City’s Adventure District on April 12, 2014! The event is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality, and took place in more than 100 cities around the globe in 2013. What’s more, ZooFriends, the nonprofit organization created to support and promote the Oklahoma City Zoo and its programs, has been chosen as the official charity.

 The Zoo needs you! For each person who registers to volunteer, ZooFriends will receive a donation from The Color Run. Volunteers, 16 and older, will help with event preparation, set up and clean up. Volunteer shifts run from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. on race day. Individuals and groups are welcome. To register as a volunteer, visit The Zoo will contact all registered volunteers with further details.



Guess who’s growing up? The Zoo’s throwing a pachyderm-size party to celebrate Malee’s third birthday on Sunday, April 13, 2014, and you’re invited!  From 1 - 3 p.m., everyone’s favorite little elephant will celebrate another birthday milestone with cake for thousands, party favors for guests (while supplies last), party favors and fun for the elephants, and lots of activities!  Be part of the fun and watch Malee enjoy special fun activities during an Elephant Presentation at 2 p.m. For more information, call (405) 425-0262. 



Hit the green “fore” gorilla conservation during Gorilla Golf 2014. 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 14. 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.



Put a little hop in your spring with a critter tale, animal enrichment and a make-n-take activity with LEGO® bricks on Saturday, April 19, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. for ages 5 through 12 years in the Zoo’s Education Center. Preregistration is required. Cost per child is $15 (member) and $18 (non-member). For more information, call (405) 425-0218 or visit



The Oklahoma City Zoo will host its annual HOPabaloo “egg”stravaganza with an assortment of family friendly activities on Sunday, April 20, 2014, including two Easter Brunches with private Easter Egg Scrambles, afternoon Tiny Tot Egg Scrambles in the Children’s Zoo and animal encounters throughout the day on Zoo grounds. In case of rain, all Scrambles will take place in the Education Center.

  • BRUNCH DETAILS: Enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny or just bring the kids out for a hopping good time in the Canopy Restaurant. Brunch attendees can choose from two brunch times (10:30 a.m. and noon), and enjoy an all-you-can-eat meal and a private Easter Egg Scramble for ages 2 through 5 following each brunch. Brunches are limited to 100 guests each and children should bring Easter baskets to collect candy-filled eggs. The Easter Bunny will be available for photo opportunities. Brunches are $19 for adults, and $14 for children ages 3 through 11 and seniors 65 and older. Children two and under eat free. ZooFriends members and military personnel receive 10 percent off their brunch totals.  Ticket pricing includes Zoo admission for the day. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” button and then the “Admissions” tab.


  • TINY TOT EGG SCRAMBLES:  HOPabaloo activities continue in the Children’s Zoo at noon with Krispy Kreme doughnuts being served while supplies last and a bunny encounter at Grandma’s Porch. Parents may also begin picking up tickets for the Tiny Tot Egg Scrambles beginning at noon. Tiny Tot Egg Scrambles, for children ages 2 to 5 years old, will be held on the Children’s Zoo grassy meadow. The Scrambles are limited to 100 children each and include eggs with candy. Children should bring an Easter basket to collect eggs.  Tiny Tot Egg Scramble times are as follows:
    • 1:30 p.m.  (2 year olds)
    • 2 p.m.       (3 year olds)
    • 2:30 p.m.  (4 year olds)
    • 2:45 p.m.  (5 year olds)


  • ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: Make the day even “hop”pier!  Just for HOPabaloo, we’ve added some “egg”stra Weekend Keeper Connections to the regular schedule, giving guests more opportunities to encounter animals as they interact with special Easter treats. You’ll be able to talk with those who care for the animals—the Zoo keepers! Come, connect with wildlife while hearing and seeing how the Zoo strives to conserve and preserve our natural resources!  All animal encounters are posted throughout the Zoo and occur weather permitting.


APRIL 26: National Guard MILITARY Appreciation Day

Hats off to our military men and women! Oklahoma National Guard personnel and their families will receive Zoo admission for $1 per person on Saturday, April 26. Coupons will be available at the National Guard table outside the Zoo’s front entrance on the day of the event. Children two and under are free. Military ID required. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, call Guest Relations at (405) 424-3344.



The OKC Zoo is a happy place to party! You’re invited to Party for the Planet, the Zoo’s family-fun Earth Day celebration, on Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Activities include live entertainment in the Global Plaza, Keeper Connections throughout the Zoo, Conservation Stations and a Party for the Planet “I Spy” Zoo Safari for children 11 and under. The Zoo and Dr Pepper also will announce the winners of this year’s Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest at 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s Global Plaza.  Party for the Planet is free with paid Zoo admission.  For more information, call (405) 425-0262 or visit


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. (Keeper Connections are held at posted areas throughout Zoo grounds and take place weather permitting.)


  • 11 a.m.            Flamingos: 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: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.      Rhinos (July-October)
  • 1:30 p.m.        Birds of prey: Across from the picnic pavilions
  • 1:30 p.m.        Great EscApe
  • 2 p.m.              Elephant presentation: Elephant Habitat
  • 2 p.m.              Upper Aquarium: Noble Aquatic Center
  • 2:30 p.m.        River otters: Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.              Tigers
  • 4 p.m.              Alligators: Oklahoma Trails


  • 10:30 a.m.      Cheetah
  • 10:30 a.m.      Galapagos Tortoise: Island Life
  • 11 a.m.            Zoo Lake habitats: Red Panda habitat
  • 11:30 a.m.      Elephant presentation: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.      Rhinos (July-October)
  • 1:30 p.m.        Birds of prey: Across from the picnic pavilions
  • 1:30 p.m.        Great EscApe
  • 2 p.m.              Elephant presentation: Elephant Habitat
  • 2 p.m.              Lower Aquarium: Noble Aquatic Center
  • 2:30 p.m.        River otters: Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.              Tigers
  • 3:30 p.m.        Turkey Vulture: Oklahoma Trails aviary


There’s more happening in May…

  • May:   ZooFriends and Mathis Brothers’ membership discount
  • May 3: Late Saturdays - Zoo stays open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays through August 30.
  • May 10:  Ostrich Egg Breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m.
  • May 11: Mother’s Day - Free admission for moms
  • May 16: Endangered Species 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 Instagram and Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit




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