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Posted by Candice Rennels on 07/12/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  July 12, 2013


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In celebration of Sales Tax Appreciation Day, we want to thank you, Oklahoma City Zoo supporters, with a gift–free admission for all. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, marks the 23rd anniversary of the 1/8 of a cent dedicated sales tax being passed by Oklahoma City citizens for the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, and in recognition, the Zoo is offering free admission to all on July 17.

With Sales Tax Appreciation Day falling on a Way Back Wednesday, all “dollar deals” will apply. Guests can enjoy a hot dog, small popcorn, small drink, the Sea lion show, Safari Voyage boat and carousel rides; each for just a dollar! Sea lion show times on Wednesdays during July and August are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Now through August 7, all sea lions are cancelled due to construction in the area.

Voted on and passed by Oklahoma City citizens in 1990, the sales tax has made numerous capital improvements possible at the Zoo, including the Elephant Habitat, Children’s Zoo, Oklahoma Trails, Canopy Food Court, the main entrance facility, Cat Forest, Lion Overlook and Great EscApe. Zoo progress continues with sales tax support helping to fund the new Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital, currently under construction and slated to open in 2014.

“With the continued support of our citizens we are able to build advanced animal exhibits while ensuring enhanced guest experiences,” said Dwight Scott, Executive Director/CEO. “Our future holds many new, exciting habitats for rhinos, giraffes and penguins, to name a few. But, we have an important responsibility to maintain and upgrade older facilities for all of our animals.”

Take advantage of the free admission and visit the Zoo on Sales Tax Appreciation Day, Wednesday, July 17. Remember, Free Day falls on a Way Back Wednesday and all of the groovy dollar deals apply. Group reservations are not required.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Now through August 25, the Zoo is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Morning Zoo Rise. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. The Zoo is open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays through September 7, buildings close at 7:45 p.m. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-11 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


Editor’s Note: Photos of sales tax projects and guests enjoying the Zoo are available by request. Please contact the PR team as listed above for assistance.


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