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Posted by Diana Jones on 04/19/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              April 19, 2012

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It’s up to all of us to care for and preserve our precious planet and together, with the Oklahoma City Zoo we can! You’re invited to our Party for the Planet™ family-fun event in celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. What would a party be without gifts? Our gift to you–the Zoo is designating Sunday, April 22 as a Kid’s Choice Day! On a Kid’s Choice Day, kids get to bring an adult to the Zoo for free. Buy one child admission and get one adult admission free. This discount applies to regular child admission ages three-11. No other discounts apply.

Each year, more than 100 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos and aquariums including the Oklahoma City Zoo join efforts to celebrate Party for the Planet™ on or around Earth Day (April 22). With activities, giveaways and special events designed for kids and families Party for the Planet™ is North America’s largest Earth Day celebration!

What does the Zoo have planned for you on Sunday? Activities include live entertainment, Keeper Connections and a Party for the Planet™ “I Spy Safari” for children 11 and under sponsored by Kohl’s. Kids will be encouraged to visit each safari station on grounds to get their safari sheet stamped. While at the safari station, kids will participate in a craft or activity while learning how the Zoo strives to conserve and preserve our natural resources, and what they can do to help, too. Each child that completes their scavenger safari will receive a prize. Scavenger safari sheets will be available in the Global Plaza or kids can pick one up at any “I Spy” station on grounds. Enjoy performances from the Columbus Hispanic Folkloric Dancers from Columbus Enterprise Elementary School at noon in the Global Plaza and the Santa Fe South High School steel drum ensemble, Pandemic, from 2-3 p.m. outside the main entrance. Event activities are free with Zoo admission.

Children 11 and under may also take home their very own tree seedling while supplies last. Kids and parents will receive a handout on how to plant and care for the seedling, and planting the tree and watching it grow is a great hands-on activity.

While visiting the Zoo, make sure to check out the free Keeper Connections that are taking place on grounds during the day on Sunday weather permitting:

  • 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

The Zoo and Dr Pepper will also announce the winners of the Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest.  This year’s winning artwork will be unveiled at 1 p.m. in the Global Plaza. From February 22 through March 31, Oklahoma students in grades K-12 were encouraged to submit a vending machine design using the contest theme, The Zoo + You = Conservation. The Zoo received 1,076 entries from schools across the state. Grand prize winners will receive $500 savings bonds courtesy of First Security Bank.

Come on, let’s celebrate planet Earth! 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 in. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Regular 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 or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit


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