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Posted by Tara Henson on 06/25/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                June 25, 2014


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       It’s not a mystery who made history. Today, June 25, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., the millionth guest came through the Zoo’s turnstiles setting a record for the Zoo during a fiscal year and during its 110th birthday year. Megan Tracy, and her two sons, Caden, 6, and Cason, 3, drove two hours from Hobart and became the Zoo’s “one in a million.” They received a surprise safari adventure worth a million good memories from the Zoo and Oklahoma Zoological Society, including a 5-year, ZooFriends’ membership, a Behind the Scenes tour, a $100 Zoo gift card and fun Zoo memorabilia. A cousin, Courtlyn Elkins from Oklahoma City, joined the family at the Zoo prior to the winning announcement.

       “It was so important that we have a good time and I prayed this morning that we would have a fun day at the Zoo,” Tracy said. “I had no idea that we would be treated like royalty.”

       Zoo staff members were on hand to congratulate the Tracy family and celebrate the momentous occasion. The celebration is the first for new Executive Director/CEO Dr. Dwight Lawson.

       “This has been a great year to join the OKC Zoo. Celebrating this historical occasion with the Tracys and staff just emphasizes what an exciting time of growth it is for the Zoo and community,” said Lawson.

       Zoo guests can still be part of the Zoo’s 110th historic year by participating in the Zoo’s #110 Ways to Zoo It promotion—which means 110 days of giveaways all summer long throughAugust 15, 2014. Entry forms and contest rules can be found at The #110 Ways to Zoo It promotion is brought to you by News 9, Jake FM, Magic 104, and the Oklahoma City Zoo! No purchase is necessary.  Promotion details can also be found on sponsor websites at, or

       The Zoo is offering Way Back Wednesdays beginning July 2 where admission is only one dollar each Wednesday for all guests through August 27. Additional dollar deals for select rides and snacks will be available. The Zoo’s next free day is Thursday, July 17, in recognition of Oklahoma City citizens passing a 1/8 of a cent dedicated sales tax to the Zoo in 1990.

       Come, experience a million things to see and do at the 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. The Zoo is open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays through August 30 with buildings closing at 7:45 p.m. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Starting July 1, the Zoo will open at 8 a.m. daily through August 24. 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        


Photo caption with Zoo staff (left to right): Bob Mathew, director of business services; Dr. Dwight Lawson, executive director/CEO; Cason Tracy of Hobart; Courtlyn Elkins of Oklahoma City; Caden Tracy of Hobart; Megan Tracy of Hobart; Tara Henson, director of public relations/marketing.

Photo caption (left to right) of Tracy family: Courtlyn Elkins; Caden Tracy; Cason Tracy; Megan Tracy.


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