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MARCH HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO BRINGING ON SOME SPRING FUN! - 2014

Posted by Candice Rennels on 03/07/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           March 7, 2014

 

CONTACTS:  Tara Henson:  (405) 425-0219, office / (405) 919-9038, cell / [email protected]

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

 

MARCH HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

BRINGING ON SOME SPRING FUN!

                                                                                                                                                                          

MARCH: DR PEPPER VENDING MACHINE ART CONTEST

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest and a special birthday for the Oklahoma City Zoo, which is turning 110! Students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, can share in the excitement of these milestones by entering this year’s contest and illustrating what they love about the Zoo.

Participating students will have a chance to win cash prizes, including Visa® gift cards starting at $300 courtesy of First Security Bank, and have their design displayed on a Dr Pepper machine at the Zoo. Students may submit entries through March 31, 2014. Entries will be judged on creativity and relevance to the contest’s theme, “Celebrate all things zoo–animals, nature and conservation!” The winning designs will be unveiled during the Zoo’s earth day celebration, Party for the Planet, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Teachers are also eligible to win prizes this year! Teachers of participating students will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $50 gift cards from Porch School and Art Supply. For official entry forms and to learn more, visit www.okczoo.com.

MARCH 14:   SPRING BREAK SNOOZE

We’re celebrating all things new at the Zoo! And that includes our new babies! Spring is the perfect time for a program and guided tour that includes our youngest Zoo residents. Come spend a night and morning observing what spring has sprung on Friday, March 14, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending Saturday morning, March 15, at 9 a.m. The Snooze is appropriate for ages 4 and up. A parent must accompany children. A late-night snack and continental breakfast are included. Cost is $30 per child and $15 per adult. For information, call (405) 425-0218.

MARCH/SPRING BREAK: STINGRAY BAY AND SEA LION PRESENTATIONS OPEN

Two favorite attractions are back with a splash for the spring and summer season! Guests and members have the opportunity to see stingrays up close and touch these majestic creatures at one of our newest attractions, Stingray Bay! Guests can interact with these beautiful animals as they “fly” and glide through a 16,000 gallon, two-feet-deep saltwater pool. The exhibit collection includes cownose stingrays, southern stingrays, bonnethead sharks and white-spotted bamboo sharks. Admission to Stingray Bay is $3 per person. Children two and under are free. Occasional feedings of stingrays are also available for an additional $2 fee. ZooFriends' memberships do not apply. Stingray Bay is open daily through October 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also making a splash this spring is a new sea lion presentation at the Noble Aquatic Center: Aquaticus. This high-energy and educational splash of fun features alternating appearances by our California sea lions, Pearl, Piper, Xander and Addie as they show off their natural strength and intelligence. Harbor Seal, Liberty, will be making her presentation debut with occasional appearances. Cost is $2 per person. Children two and under are free. The current schedule includes two presentations each Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., beginning Wednesday, March 5, and continuing through Sunday, March 23; and from Wednesday, April 23, through Labor Day weekend. Note: Strollers are not allowed inside Stingray Bay or the Sea Lion presentations.

New this year!  The Zoo is bringing on a special buy with the Water Band!  Guests can enjoy both daily Sea Lion Presentations and a visit to Stingray Bay for just $4 per person. Water Band tickets are sold at the Global Plaza ticket booths, stroller window or ZooFriends’ office.

MARCH 15:  POISON PREVENTION AWARENESS DAY

Be aware. Be safe. Let this special free event at the Zoo hosted by the Oklahoma Poison Control Center teach you about the dangers of poisons, how to prevent poisonings and what to do if someone is poisoned. In celebration of National Poison Prevention Week, children and families can participate in activity stations in the Zoo’s Global Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Come and complete all of the stations for your chance to win a new bicycle and helmet! For more information, call (405) 424-3344.

MARCH 15: WEEKEND KEEPER CONNECTIONS BEGIN

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. Weekend Keeper Connections begin Saturday, March 15, and run through Sunday, October 26, 2014. Weekend Keeper Connections occur weather permitting. Visit www.okczoo.com or call (405) 424-3344 for more information. The 2014 schedule follows:

Saturdays

  • 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) – Rotates between Indian and Black rhinos.
  • 1:30 p.m.       Birds of prey: across from the picnic pavilions
  • 1:30 p.m.       Great EscApe – Rotates between gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans. 
  • 2 p.m.            Elephant presentation: Elephant Pavilion
  • 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

Sundays

  • 10:30 a.m.     Cheetah
  • 10:30 a.m.     Galapagos Tortoise: Island Life
  • 11 a.m.          Zoo Lake habitats – Meets at the Red Panda habitat
  • 11:30 a.m.     Elephant presentation: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.     Rhinos (July-October) – Rotates between Indian and Black rhinos.
  • 1:30 p.m.       Birds of prey: across from the picnic pavilions
  • 1:30 p.m.       Great EscApe – Rotates between gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans. 
  • 2 p.m.            Elephant presentation: Elephant Pavilion
  • 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

MARCH 18-21: SPRING BREAK DAY CAMPS

Survival often depends on where animals live and how they move. In this game of tag, an animal’s ability to adapt is the key to staying alive. Choose to participate for one day or up to all four days. Camp themes include: Up a Tree on Tuesday, March 18; On the Run on Wednesday, March 19; Into the Sea on Thursday, March 20; and Beneath the Ground on Friday, March 21. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Classes are designed for ages 4 to 11 years old. Cost per child per day is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

MARCH 22:  CELEBRATE PREPAREDNESS

Get WILD about Preparedness Day on Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s Global Plaza.  Representatives from the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security will provide free activities to teach children and parents about the basics of home preparedness with coloring and activity sheets. Build your own home preparedness kit and use a fire extinguisher simulator to learn about fire safety.  For more information, call (405) 424-3344.

MARCH 29:  SMILE SAFARI

Your kids will be all smiles about attending Smile Safari at the Oklahoma City Zoo Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by students from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and American Dental Hygienists’ Association, young Zoo goers will learn the importance of good dental hygiene through fun activity stations in the Global Plaza and free giveaways while supplies last. This event is free to attend. Admission is required to enter the Zoo.

More fun coming your way in April…..

  • April 08: Read Across Oklahoma 2014  (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • April 01: Cell Phone Collection Contest begins
  • April 12: The Color Run (Runs begin at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.)
  • April 13: Malee’s Birthday Bash  (1 – 3 p.m.)
  • April 14: Gorilla Golf at Fairfax Golf Club, Edmond (9 a.m.)
  • April 20: HOPabaloo  (1 – 3 p.m.)
  • April 24: ScienceFest (8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • April 26: National Guard Appreciation Day  (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • April 26: Evening Escape  (6:30 p.m.)
  • April 27: Party for the Planet  (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

 

Discover what’s new at the Zoo! Located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District, the Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. and last entry at 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, and $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.

 

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