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JULY AND AUGUST HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO - 2012

Posted by Candice Rennels on 06/27/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      June 27, 2012

CONTACTS:  Candice Rennels: (405) 425-0298 / O, (405) 412-6172 / C or crennels@okczoo.com 

Tara Henson: (405) 425-0219 / O, (405) 919-9038 / C or thenson@okczoo.com 

 

JULY AND AUGUST OKC ZOO HAPPENINGS 

NOW–SEPTEMBER 01:       STAY LATE AND PLAY ON SATURDAYS

Now through September 1, the Zoo will remain open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays with exhibit buildings closing at 7:45 p.m. All guests must leave Zoo grounds at closing time.

 

NOW–SEPTEMBER 01:       OBI AND ZOO SUMMER PARTNERSHIP

Feel wild. Give blood. Receive free zoo tickets. The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and the Oklahoma City Zoo are teaming up for a good cause. When you donate blood at any OBI drive between now and September 1, you will receive two free adult admission tickets to the Zoo, an OBI T-shirt, health screenings and Members for Life Points. For more information, visit www.obi.org.

 

WEDNESDAYS IN JULY and AUGUST:                WAY BACK WEDNESDAYS

The Zoo is going way back with its prices on Way Back Wednesdays! Every Wednesday in July and August guests of all ages will receive admission for $1 per person. Children two and under are free. Additional dollar deals on these groovy Wednesdays include a hot dog, small popcorn, small drink, sea lion show admission, new Safari Voyage boat ride, and carousel ride; each for just a dollar! Sea lion show times on Wednesdays during July and August are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Little Caesars and 92.5 KOMA are proud sponsor partners of Way Back Wednesdays. Don’t miss these special prices, Way Back Wednesdays will continue through August.

 

JULY and AUGUST:             SUMMER DAY CAMPS AT THE ZOO

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s Summer Day Camps bring the world of animals and education together. Enroll your children today in our enriching and entertaining four-day camps taking place in July and August. Campers will have the opportunity to experience an animal up-close, crafts, games and walks around the Zoo. Camp details:

  • All camps meet Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Zoo’s Education Department.
  • Each camp week features a different theme.
  • Camps are designed for children three to 15 years old.
  • Cost is $100 per child with a ZooFriends membership and $110 per child for non-members.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • A snack will be provided but children need to bring their own lunch.

For the compete schedule of camps, visit www.okczooed.com. Birth certificates are required to verify age. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and may be made online at http://okczoo.recware.com or by calling the Zoo’s Education Department at (405) 425-0218.

 

TUESDAYS IN JULY:           WILD TUESDAYS STORY TIME SAFARIS

I spy reading fun for little ones at the Zoo! Join the Zoo and Junior League of Oklahoma City on Tuesdays in July for Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safaris. Children 11 and under are invited to attend story sessions at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., on Grandma’s Porch located inside the Zoo’s Children Zoo. Each session includes a craft activity, a snack, and a free juice box; and concludes with a visit from a zoo care giver! Sessions last approximately 25 minutes and are free with admission.

 

JULY 01–AUGUST 25:         8 TO 8 AT THE ZOO

With the Zoo’s 8 to 8 Saturdays you can stay and play from sun up to sun down. Beginning July 1, guests may visit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays through August 26. Exhibit buildings close at 7:45 p.m. and guests must leave grounds at closing.  

 

JULY 01–31:              2012 CAPTURE THE WILD PHOTO CONTEST

Do you have a natural eye for photographing Mother Nature? Enter your prize photos in the Oklahoma Zoological Society’s (OZS) "Capture the Wild Zoo Photography Contest" and submit photos of mammals, landscapes, reptiles, birds and more from the Zoo. Photos are categorized and judged in both youth and adult divisions. Entries are due July 31. After the contest, several of the photos, including the year's winners, comprise the annual OZS ZooFriends calendar. The full-color calendar is one of the benefits of ZooFriends membership and sells in the Zoo gift shop to help support special projects and needs at the Zoo. For more information about the contest and to view the categories, visit www.zoofriends.org.

 

JULY 01:        MORNING ZOO RISE

Wake up Oklahoma and explore! Starting July 1 the Zoo will open at 8 a.m. through August 26.

 

JULY 04:        INDEPENDENCE DAY

Our “stars” have “stripes” at the Oklahoma City Zoo and yes, we are open on Independence Day! Plus, Wednesday, July 4 is our first Way Back Wednesday of the summer and admission is $1 per person. Children two and under are free. The Zoo will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

 

JULY 17:        SALES TAX APPRECIATION DAY

The Zoo thanks you for all you do. On Tuesday, July 17, 2012 admission to the Zoo will be FREE for everyone! In recognition of Oklahoma City citizens passing a 1/8 of a cent dedicated sales tax to the Zoo in 1990, admission to the Zoo is free for all on July 17. Come take advantage of the FREE admission and visit the Zoo.

 

 

JULY 21:        BOWLING FOR RHINOS

Let’s come together for a fun time and a great cause with Bowling for Rhinos. An annual fundraiser of the Zoo’s American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) chapter, Bowling for Rhinos is a fun family event for all ages. This year’s event is being held on Saturday, July 21at AMF Boulevard Lanes in Edmond (3501 S. Boulevard) from 6 to 10 p.m. Registration is $25 per bowler and includes three hours of bowling with shoe rental, an event T-shirt, refreshments and opportunities to win fabulous door prizes! One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit rhino conservation in Asia and Africa. Registration forms are available at okczoo.com or in the Zoo’s Guest Relations office. To learn more call (405) 425-0262.

 

AUGUST 03-:             ART GONE WILD: PAINTINGS BY OKC ZOO ANIMALS

Check out our wild art! The Oklahoma City Zoo will be hosting its third annual Art Gone Wild art show at the In Your Eye Studio and Gallery (3005 Paseo, Oklahoma City 73103) in the Paseo Arts District featuring works created by our own animal artists. Each work of art has been made especially for the show by the Zoo’s talented residents, with some help from their care givers. Techniques vary by animal; some use a paint brush while others choose to paint with their paws, claws, and even noses! Artist animals will include sea lions, grizzly bears, elephants, snakes, rhinoceros and more! Each work of art is for sale and all profits support the Zoo’s conservation projects (and fresh canvases for next year). Opening night will be Friday, August 3 from 6 to 10 p.m.

August 4:        CHILL OUT AT THE ZOO

I spy chillin' fun at the Zoo! Cool fun planned for guests and animals during Chill Out at the Zoo on Saturday, August 4. From 9 a.m. to noon, visit the Chill Zone (across from Children's Zoo entry) for a chillbration complete with entertainment & games for children 11 & under with prizes. Throughout the day many of the Zoo’s animals will enjoy chill out-themed enrichment activities such as ice pops and water toys. Chillax, there’s more. Guests 18 and older may enter to win a ski trip for four to Angel Fire Resort, Angel Fire, New Mexico courtesy of KJ 103 and 101.9 the Twister. Visit okczoo.com on or after July 25 to learn how to enter to win. The grand prize winner for the trip will be announced at the Zoo on Saturday, Aug. 4. Beat the heat this summer and Chill Out at the Zoo!

AUGUST 04:  VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

Every day dedicated individuals volunteer their time and talents enriching the Zoo; its guests, plants and animals. Now you can help, too. The Zoo is searching for passionate, dependable individuals 18 or older to apply to become Animal Area, Education and/or Horticulture volunteers. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, attend our Volunteer Recruitment on Saturday, August 4 at 10 a.m. in the Rosser Conservation Education Center (located at the east end of the Zoo’s parking lot). Orientation and paperwork will begin at 10 a.m. with staff interviews immediately following. For more information, contact the Zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 425-0275.

 

NOW – OCTOBER:  KEEPER CONNECTIONS

Connect with some of your favorite zoo animals and the people who care for them. The Zoo’s weekend Keeper Connections continue through October, weather permitting. Learn how the Zoo strives to conserve and preserve our natural resources, and what you can do to help, too. The weekend schedule is:

SATURDAYS:           

  • 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)

 SUNDAYS:                

  • 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

Happening next month…

  • September 01:  Last late Saturday
  • September 28:  Zoo Brew

I spy summer 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. 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 http://www.facebook.com/okczoobg or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com.

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