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OKLAHOMANS CAN SHOW PRIDE, VOTE FOR OKC ZOO - 2014

Posted by Tara Henson on 05/06/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    MAY 6, 2014

 

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Tara Henson, (405) 425-0219, office; (405) 919-9038, cell; or [email protected]

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

 

OKLAHOMANS CAN SHOW PRIDE, VOTE FOR OKC ZOO

 

       With close to one million visitors a year, Oklahomans know the Oklahoma City Zoo is the number one attraction in the state.  Now, citizens have the opportunity to take that Sooner pride nationwide.  The Oklahoma City Zoo has been nominated for "Best U.S. Zoo" and the public is invited to vote through May 19, 2014, at noon. One vote may be cast per day via the Zoo’s website at www.okczoo.com or www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-us-zoo.

       The OKC Zoo, celebrating its 110th anniversary, is home to world-class habitats; a diverse animal collection of 1,500 species; an accredited botanical garden; a new, state-of-the-art animal hospital under construction; and a membership base of more than 26,000.  By voting each day, Oklahomans can let the nation know the OKC Zoo is their choice for “Best U.S. Zoo!”

       The 10Best Readers' Choice contest is sponsored by 10Best, a division of USA Today Travel. Twenty nominees were chosen based on data supplied by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), including annual attendance, total acreage, admission fees, contributions to conservation efforts, number of supporting members and recent awards won.

       10Best has already distinguished the OKC Zoo as offering the most affordable tickets of any of the other 19 nominees, including the Bronx Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Columbus Zoo, Dallas Zoo, Denver Zoo, Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Orlando), Henry Doorly Zoo, Houston Zoo, Louisville Zoo, Memphis Zoo, Minnesota Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Phoenix Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, St. Louis Zoo and Toledo Zoo. 10Best provides its users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content on top attractions, things to do, and restaurants for top destinations in the US and around the world, covering 236 major metropolitan areas and more than 3,000 distinct cities around the globe.

       The AZA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and six other countries. AZA has very high standards for its accredited facilities, which many regard as the “gold standard” for zoos and aquariums.

       Come on, show your OKC Zoo pride and helps us be recognized as the best zoo in the nation!  Vote today! Vote daily! Every vote counts! 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. Now through August 30, the Zoo stays open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays with exhibit buildings closing 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 www.facebook.com/okczoobg , or follow us on Instagram and Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit www.okczoo.com.

 

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