The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the top ten zoos in the country and is also the oldest zoo in the Southwest.
The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the top ten zoos in the country and is also the oldest zoo in the Southwest. The zoo is in the popular “Adventure District” in Oklahoma City. It is only moments from several museums which honor the spirit of the frontier. The Adventure District's preferred hotel is The Waterford Marriott which is located at 6300 Waterford Boulevard. Assorted concessions, including the Safari Cafe and Savanna Terrace, are located on Zoo grounds.
The zoo is rated by Child Magazine as one of America´s three most family-friendly zoos. For over a century, it has been devoted to the understanding and preservation of the earth's natural resources by offering informative experiences for all their visitors. It is well-known for its outstanding exhibits.
Plush animals from native Oklahoma animals to the most exotic ones give the zoo its variety. Resident animals bask in their natural settings while visitors enjoy indoor viewing stations where they stand inside and watch tigers stalk and lions sun themselves.
Guests at the Zoo now have a way to view the exhibits and explore the one hundred ten-acre park. BarZ Adventures Inc. with OKC Zoo have worked together in introducing Zoo Ranger™, a self-operated video tour that provides visitors a tour of the zoo which is the nearest thing to a personal tour with the zookeeper.
The Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoological Horticulture (AZH) which promotes plant conservation, habitat preservation as well as understanding of plant issues globally and locally. And as a member of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboretums (AABGA), the Zoo also promotes research and collection development.
The Zoo has been awarded the Edward R. Bean Significant Achievement Award for long-term propagation and management of the okapi, as well as the International Conservation Significant Achievement Award for the Betampona Ruffed Lemur release and conservation program.
Just A Few of the Exhibits and Features:
Oklahoma Trails: For a completely native, totally untamed experience, you'll want to check out the Oklahoma Trails, which features eight acres of adventure showcasing over eight hundred animals indigenous to the state.
Oklahoma Trails demonstrates the state's diverse variety of animals and plants, allowing guests to get close up with bears, cougars, otters, flying squirrels, vultures, diamond back rattlesnakes, road runners, wolves and many more! Visit Zoo favorites Wiley and Will. These grizzly bears love their new home in the Cross Timbers area.
Cat Forest / Lion Overlook: Over four acres, This habitat features lions, tigers, snow leopards and a number of wild cats.
Great EscAPE: This exhibits showcases gorillas, orangutans and chimps within a tropical forest.
Aquatics: With marine life from all over the world, the Aquatics display has over 1500 creatures.
Butterfly Garden: The 20,000 square ft. exhibit has over 15,000 plants with the purpose of attracting butterflies.
Island Life: Island Life exhibits reptiles, birds, turtles, frogs, and many more.
Fins and Feathers Show: An incredible experience for the entire family, the show features sea lions and birds in a crowd-pleasing tandem.
Zoo Amphitheater: With many outdoor performances of music and more, the Amphitheater provides a unique entertainment option. The Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater is well-known among the top outdoor venues in the entire state of Oklahoma. It was primarily established to supply jobs for economic recovery throughout the depression. Constructed in the mid 1930's, the Amphitheater is among the oldest concert venues in the region.
Exploring the Oklahoma City Zoo is definitely an enjoyable, educational experience. The Zoo is open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. daily. Exhibit buildings close at 4:45 P.M. The zoo is closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.
"Journey into a world where the wild meets the civilized. The place where the loudest sound you hear might be the pounding of your own heart". (OKC Zoo)