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Posted by Candice Rennels on 12/20/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          December 19, 2012



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

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




            Stop circling the parking lot and waiting in long lines, the Oklahoma City Zoo is your one-stop holiday shopping headquarters. From animal art to ZooFriends memberships, we have something for everyone on your list. Our elves have put a list together to help you get started:


  • Animal Art:             Paintings for a purpose.

Our animals love to spray it, slither through it, and even walk in it – painting is wild fun at the Zoo! As part of the Zoo’s enrichment program, many of our animals paint with help from their keepers. Many of these masterpieces are available to view and purchase online at Plus, proceeds from all paintings sold support the Zoo’s conservation projects. Paintings can be picked up in person or shipped anywhere in the continental United States.


  • Animal Adoption:    Make any animal lovers day with this unique gift idea.

Go wild and adopt an alligator, chimpanzee or sea lion for the animal lover on your list. Net proceeds benefit the health and enrichment needs of all animals at the Zoo. You will receive a plush animal, adoption certificate, fact sheet and name recognition on Zoo grounds for the 2013 season. For more information, call (405) 425-0275 or visit


  • Behind the Scenes Program Gift Certificates:       Give the gift of discovery.

Think outside the box and give someone a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a Behind The Scenes gift certificate. This program allows participants (14+) to spend a morning with our amazing zoo keepers. Recipients may choose one of ten animal areas during the 2013 Zoo season, which includes Saturdays from February through April, and Sundays from May through October. Spaces are limited so pre-registration is required. Gift certificates are $100 for ZooFriends and $120 for non-members, and are good through October 2013. For more information, call (405) 425-0275 or visit


  • Commitment to Care:         You and those dear to you, can be part of a legacy.

We know animal health is a vital part of the zoo world and the addition of The new Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital will help enhance the Zoo’s already professional health care for its 1,800+ animals. Demonstrate your commitment to care and a give a gift to help. Whether it’s a year-end giving decision or a gift to honor someone, all gifts will help ensure the Zoo remains one of the nation's leading authorities in animal care. For more information call (405) 427-2461 or visit


  • Gift Cards:  Offering something fun for everyone.

Always the right size and color, you can’t go wrong with gift cards. Zoo gift cards are available in any denomination and may be used for any admission, attraction, membership, concession or gift shop purchase. Gift cards are good for five years from time of purchase. Pick them up today at the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop.


  • Safari Gift Shop:     Shop ‘til you drop.

Forget the mall; the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop has it all. Find a wild selection of stocking stuffers, children’s books and toys, apparel, home décor, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” t-shirts, green or recycled gifts and the state’s largest selection of plush. Shop with meaning and give gifts that support conservation projects or fair trade groups, it’s twice the nice! Be sure to round up for conservation when you check out and keep that holiday cheer going in support of our conservation programs. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Zoo admission is not required to shop.


  • Wild Wish Tree:      Spread cheer to the animals at the Zoo.

Be a secret Santa to the animals. Select an ornament from the Wild Wish Tree located in the ZooFriends office at the Zoo’s main entrance and fulfill a wild wish for a Zoo animal. New this year, grant wild wishes via and have your item(s) shipped automatically to the Zoo. Just visit, click on Wish List and search for Oklahoma City Zoo.  For a complete list of Wild Wish Tree gifts, visit or contact ZooFriends at (405) 425-0618.


  • ZooFriends Memberships:  Unlimited Zoo just for you!

Give the gift of the Zoo. Receive $5 off any new, renewal or gift membership purchased now through December 31 (excludes Junior and Adult membership levels). Contact the ZooFriends office at (405)425-0618 for information.


Happy shopping from the Oklahoma City Zoo! The Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located near the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. The Zoo is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. Regular hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages three through 11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Military members, spouses and up to five children receive a 50 percent discount. Parking is free. Additional fees for rides and attractions within the Zoo apply. Become a Zoo fan at, follow us on Twitter  @okczoo and become a ZooFriends member at  For more information, call (405) 424-3344 or visit



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