OKC ZOO’S WEATHER WATCHING GRIZZLIES WILL MAKE ANNUAL GROUNDHOG DAY PREDICTION - 2013
MEDIA ADVISORY January 30, 2013
CONTACT: Candice Rennels (405) 425-0298, (405) 412-6172 cell / [email protected]
OKC ZOO’S WEATHER WATCHING GRIZZLIES, WILL AND WILEY, WILL MAKE ANNUAL GROUNDHOG DAY PREDICTION
WHAT: The Zoo’s grizzly bears, Will and Wiley, will be making their annual Groundhog Day prediction from their home at Oklahoma Trails.
WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 10 a.m.
DETAILS: Winter or spring? That is the question we all ponder every February when Groundhog Day arrives. Tradition says a groundhog foretells our meteorological fate but we say the grizzlies should predict! Since the Zoo does not have groundhogs, grizzly bear brothers, Will and Wiley, volunteered to substitute for the groundhogs to see if they will see their shadows or not. We invite you to this wild tradition taking place in the Zoo’s Big Rivers at Oklahoma Trails. Guests will enjoy free hot chocolate and Krispy Kreme doughnuts while supplies last.
Groundhog Day gab…
Over the years, the bison, a prairie dog and pot-bellied pigs have all shared the Groundhog Day spotlight at the Zoo.
Grizzly bears used to be native to the state of Oklahoma.
Weather watching comes naturally for our bear pair. Bears were originally used to predict the weather in Europe but, when the population of bears decreased, a badger or groundhog was used instead. Hence the name, Groundhog Day.
Take a winter safari to the Zoo! Located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District, recognized as one of the top three family friendly zoos in the nation and the state’s #1 attraction, the Oklahoma City Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $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.
Editor’s note: Attached are photos from last year’s festivities and a picture of grizzly bears, Will and Wiley. Media should check in at the Guest Relations office by 9:45 a.m.