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Holiday Happenings at the OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo (OKC Zoo) has many great holiday events going on this month. The OKC Zoo is a wonderful place for some family fun this winter and it just got even better, every Monday in December, January, and February admission to the Zoo is free! This is a great way to take advantage of all of the mild winter days we have been having.

On Saturday, December 10th from 9 to 11:30 a.m., you can take advantage of another great event at the Zoo, the Wreath Making Class. You will learn to create a holiday wreath using plants grown on Zoo grounds. This event is for ages 16 and up and the cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. You do need to enroll for this event.

If you are looking for something to do with younger kids be sure to go to the Zoo on Monday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to noon. Santa will be stopping by to deliver holiday goodies to his animal friends. Guest will also be able to enjoy hot chocolate and doughnuts, while supplies last. This activity is free and doesn’t require a reservation.


On December 21st from 9 a.m. to noon kids ages 6-12 yeas can come to the Zoo to make tasty presents for their pets and shelter animals. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and you need to enroll. For more information or to enroll for this class and/or the wreath making class, call (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczooed.com.

Another great thing going on at the Zoo right now is the Wild Wish Tree. With the Wild Wish Tree you can help your favorite animal friends at the zoo. At the ZooFriends office there is a tree decorated with ornaments bearing descriptions of the items the Zoo residents need. There is a wide range for price, they start at just under $1. Some of the items include:

  • Paper lunch sacks for raccoons and Children’s Zoo animals ($3 at area stores, multiple bags needed.)
  • Un-popped popcorn for birds and primates ($2 at grocery stores, unlimited quantities needed)
  • Perfume or cologne for cats, giraffes, primates, zebra, bears and okapi ($5 at grocery and drug stores,unlimited quantities)
  • Puppy pools for raptors ($10 at pet stores)
  • Litter boxes for owls ($5 at area stores, 3 needed)
  • Specialty toys like boomer balls for elephants, rhinos, pygmy hippos, and golden lion tamarins (range from $7 to $365 at www.boomerball.com)
  • Gift cards for every department from stores like Home Depot, Lowes, WalMart, Target and Petsmart in any denomination (unlimited quantities).

The complete list can be found by clicking here. The presents may be dropped off during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Donations will be accepted through December 31st, 2011. For more information call (405) 425-0262.

If you are looking for gifts for your human friends and family be sure to check out the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop, which even includes some great eco-friendly gifts. ZooFriends will get a 25% discount (on non-sale items) at the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop from December 1st through 31st.

Another eco-friendly gift is a ZooFriends membership. ZooFriends receive:

  • Unlimited Zoo admission for one year
  • Discounted membership to nationwide zoos
  • Members ONLY entrance
  • Quarterly members-only newsletter, ZooSounds
  • 10% discount at Zoo gift shop and concessions
  • 10% discount on Zoo Education classes
  • 25% discount to Zoo Buddy Shop
  • Exclusive ZooFriends “Capture the Wild” calendar
  • Invitations to Family Fun Night and special events

Renew before January will receive $5 off any gift, new or renewal membership purchased now through December 31st. (Excludes minor and adult membership levels).

For more news and events from the Oklahoma City Zoo be sure to visit their website www.okczoo.com.

 


About the Author

 

Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.

 

 

Rare Sumatran Tigers Born at the OKC Zoo

Photo credit: Lisa Lee

On July 9, 2011 the Oklahoma City Zoo welcomed four Sumatran tiger cubs. This is the first time Sumatran tigers have been born at the zoo. The cub’s parents are mom Suriya (suh-rye-uh) and dad Raguno (ruh-goon-oh). There are three females; Leeloo, Lola, and Lucy, and one male, Leonidas (lee-oh-nie-duhs). Mom and the cubs are doing well and can be seen in the Cat Forest exhibit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

These births are very important as there are less than 300 estimated to be living in the wild. Sumatran tigers were being well researched but due to political unrest in Indonesia many researchers have been forced to flee. Thankfully, things have improved and much of the research is underway again.

Photo Credit: Leno Kofoed

The Sumatran tiger is the last Indonesian tiger species. Two others have gone extinct, the Bali and Javan tigers. The last observations of the Bali tiger were in the late 1930’s and the Javan tiger was last recorded in 1976. In an effort to protect the Sumatran tiger from suffering the same fate, the World Wildlife Federation and other groups successfully lobbied to have Tesso Nilo, an important Sumatran tiger habitat, declared a National Park.

Photo Credit: Scott Jackson


You can help save the remaining wild Sumatran tigers by purchasing the new Save Vanishing Species stamps, which are available at Post Offices nationwide, USPS.com and the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop (while supplies last). They are 55 cents- 11 cents greater than a First Class mail stamp. The net proceeds will directly go to helping save species like tigers, elephants, rhinos, great apes, and turtles.

You can help the Oklahoma City Zoo continue their conservation programs by visiting the zoo. You can also make donations to the zoo by visiting their website- www.okczoo.com.

 


About the Author


Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.