FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO - 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 24, 2013
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FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO
OKC ZOO SHOWCASES NEW ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE
The Zoo is excited to announce the addition of a new alligator snapping turtle now on view in Big Rivers at Oklahoma Trails. The male named, Tishomingo, is a native species to the Sooner State and hails from the Tishomingo Hatchery in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The largest of all North American freshwater turtles, alligator snappers can weigh up to 170 pounds. These massive turtles are also easily recognized by their primitive almost “dinosaur-like” features including a spiked shell, beaklike jaw, and scaled tail. Trek out to the Zoo soon to see Tishomingo.
VALENTINE ANIMAL ADOPTION SPECIAL
Candy hearts will just get eaten. Flowers will wither away. Give the one you love something really special this Valentine’s Day. 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 for your Valentine. 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 www.zoofriends.com.
FEBRUARY: FREE MONDAYS
A good thing keeps going with free Mondays continuing through February. Zoo admission is free for all guests on Mondays in February.
FEBRUARY: SCOUT BADGE PROGRAMS OFFERED EACH SATURDAY
Back by popular demand, girl and boy scout badge programs will be held on Saturdays in February from 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 4 p.m. Visit http://www.okczooed.com/scouts or call (405) 425-0218 for more information. Pre-registration required.
FEBRUARY: FREE WALK ‘N LAUGH EXERCISE SESSIONS AT THE ZOO
Laugh the blues away this winter with a little exercise. Join local laughter yoga instructor, Ellen Mercer, as she brings her “Walk ‘N Laugh” sessions to the Zoo this winter. Enjoy refreshing, invigorating, and FREE fun on Mondays in February from noon to 1 p.m. with Ellen as you explore the Zoo’s new walking trails. The group will meet at noon in the Global Plaza then head out to walk and, of course, laugh their way through the Zoo. This activity is free and open to the public. Sessions will meet weather permitting. To learn more about Ellen’s program visit www.EllenMercer.com.
FEBRUARY 1: OKC ZOO TO HOST EDUCATION EXPO
The Oklahoma City Zoo is hosting the 17th Annual Oklahoma Environmental Education Expo on Friday, February 1, in the Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center. This year’s theme is “The EARTH without ART is just EH!” By teaching environmental concepts and issues through the visual and performing arts, the expo seeks to teach students to understand and love the earth by sharing the joy of nature. The day begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Association of Environmental Education (OKAEE), visit http://oklahomaenvironmentaleducationexpo.com/ to register or learn more about the expo.
FEBRUARY 2: GROUNDHOG DAY
At the Oklahoma City Zoo, Groundhog Day belongs to the grizzlies. This year the Zoo’s annual Groundhog Day prediction will be made by grizzly bear brothers, Will and Wiley! Groundhogs are not part of the Zoo’s collection, so these furry favorites have been designated as this year’s official Groundhog’s Day delegates. We invite you to this wild tradition taking place on Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m. in the Zoo’s Big Rivers at Oklahoma Trails. Guests will enjoy free hot chocolate and doughnuts while supplies last.
FEBRUARY 2: VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT
Time is the most valuable commodity one can give and the Zoo is thankful for the countless hours given by its volunteers. On February 2, the Zoo will be recruiting adult volunteers, at least 18 or older, to assist our dedicated staff care for our plants and animals. We are looking for passionate and dependable adults to volunteer in our horticulture and animal areas. We are also excited to introduce a new volunteer opportunity with our SCUBA diving program. Volunteer divers are needed to assist with maintenance of our aquariums and pools. The time commitment for the diving program is a minimum of one scheduled dive each month and divers must meet a list of basic requirements. The time requirement for other volunteer opportunities is one 8-hour day a week. Training consists of an orientation and job shadowing. These opportunities are ideal for enthusiasts pursuing zoo-related careers or just wanting to get involved! Attend the Volunteer Recruitment on Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m. in the Rosser Conservation Education Center to learn more about the program or contact our volunteer coordinator at (405) 425-0275. Attendees may enter through the Education Center located at the east end of the Zoo’s parking lot.
FEBRUARY 9 AND 16: FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The Zoo’s education department will be hosting two family programs in the month of February. These programs are the perfect outlet for spending quality time with the special people in your life. Cost per child per program is $15 (member), $18 (non-member). Parents are welcome to participate and are free with a paid child registration. To register, contact the education department at (405) 425-0218. Save the dates for these programs:
We Love Animals: Saturday, February 9 from 2-3 p.m.
Come show your love for our Zoo residents! Work with staff to make special treats for our animal friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Allergy alert: We may use peanut butter, dairy, eggs, wheat, nuts and other possible allergens. This program is open to all ages.
Marine Mammal Trainer: Saturday, February 16 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Ever wondered how we train our sea lions to perform for our Sea Lion Show? Join us for this special session to find out how and learn about animal training. Participants must be 13 or older.
FEBRUARY 18: IN FEATHERED DETAIL: THE ART OF GEORGE MIKSCH SUTTON
The newest exhibit at the ZooZeum, In Feathered Detail: The Art of George Miksch Sutton debuts Monday, February 18. This exhibit showcases the talents of world-renowned ornithologist George Miksch Sutton. George Miksch Sutton was an acclaimed bird artist, author and researcher whose life’s works are still influencing bird enthusiasts today. We invite you to view “In Feathered Detail” during an opening reception on February 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the ZooZeum. Enjoy refreshments, a craft activity for children and a visit from one of the Zoo’s feathered friends. This exhibit is made possible with help from the following loaning institutions Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, and Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries.
FEBRUARY 18: SCHOOL’S OUT SAFARI DAY CAMP
Want a unique adventure for your child during the school holiday? The education department is offering a safari day camp for children ages four to 12 on Monday, February 18. Camp runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with drop-off from 8-8:30 a.m. Snacks provided, but campers must bring their lunch. The cost per child is $30. Advance registration and payment required.
FEBRUARY 18: DR PEPPER VENDING MACHINE ART CONTEST
Hey kids, dive into this year’s annual “Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest” and let your creative talents shine for a chance to win prizes and have your artwork on display at the Zoo. The Zoo and Dr Pepper are in search of new designs for two Dr Pepper machines located on Zoo grounds. Oklahoma students in grades K-12 may enter the contest from February 18 through March 29. This year’s contest theme is “I spy, water wonders.” From the deepest oceans to the lakes and streams of Oklahoma, the Earth’s waters support all living things, including you! That’s why conserving and preserving this precious resource is something we must all help do. Through your design show us how you would converse water and help save water wonders of all kinds. All contest entries must be postmarked by March 29, 2013. For official entry forms, rules and contest criteria visit okczoo.com or call (405) 425-0298.
FEBRUARY 23: FREE ZOO CAREER CONFERENCE
Gain insight into zoo-related careers and discover volunteer opportunities at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Zoo is holding a free career conference on Saturday, February 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. The conference will include presentations by Zoo staff plus resume building tips and pointers on how to interview for a position in the field. The conference is free to attend and recommended for ages 13 and older. Registration is required and can be done by calling (405) 425-0218. Zoo admission not included.
FEBRUARY 26 – APRIL 2: OKC ZOO TO HOST OLLI @OSU COURSE
Enroll now for zoo school. Oklahoma State University’s continuing education program for senior citizens, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), has partnered with the Oklahoma City Zoo to host a six week course from February 26 through April 2. OLLI’s mission is to provide continuing education for senior citizens through class related activities and social events. There are no tests or grades just the joy of learning. Have fun exploring the Zoo while learning more about its animals, outreach programs, conservation initiatives, 10-year vision and more. Course size is limited to 22 participants. For more information or to register, visit http://education.okstate.edu/images/olli/documents/okc_fall_12.pdf.
March happenings preview:
- Keeper Connections begin and continue through October 31
- Sea lion shows begin
23: Poison Prevention Awareness Day at the OKC Zoo (11AM-2PM)
31: HOPabaloo (1-3PM) – Hop to the Zoo for brunch with the Easter bunny, and a day of fun including an egg hunt with prizes for kids 5 and under. Call (405) 425-0262 to make your brunch reservations.
Located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District, recognized as one of the top three family friendly zoos in the nation and the state’s #1 attraction, the Oklahoma City Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages three to 11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Are you a Zoo fan? Find us at www.facebook.com/okczoobg and @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com.