OCTOBER:                           OKC ZOO FEATURES GIANT PUMPKIN FOR HALLOWEEN SEASON

The Oklahoma City Zoo will once again feature a giant pumpkin for the Halloween season! This year’s prized pumpkin weighs a massive 820 pounds and hails from Claremore, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma-grown gourd will be on display in the OKC Zoo’s Global Plaza throughout the month of October. The pumpkin is a festive orange color, making for some truly gourd-geous photo opportunities! If you share your pumpkin pics on social media, be sure to tag the Zoo with #okczoo.

 

OCTOBER 1–6:                   MONARCH BUTTERFLY TAGGING AT THE OKC ZOO

Join the Oklahoma City Zoo in its mission to help nature’s winged wonders–monarch butterflies. Guests of all ages are invited to participate in the OKC Zoo’s annual monarch butterfly tagging event through Monarch Watch’s citizen science program. This program provides conservationists with valuable information about monarchs including their migration pathways and population growth. Flutter out to the Zoo to tag monarchs Sunday, October 1 through Friday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in the Zoo’s butterfly garden. In the case of rain, butterfly tagging will be cancelled. This activity is free with Zoo admission. 

 

OCTOBER 1–8:                   OKC ZOO’S ANNUAL PUMPKIN DRIVE

Pumpkins, the OKC Zoo, and free tickets–oh my! Bring a pumpkin larger than your head to the OKC Zoo and receive free same-day admission. The Pumpkin Drive will go from Sunday, October 1, to Sunday, October 8. The limit is one free admission per person. Donated pumpkins will be used to decorate Haunt the Zoo.

 

OCTOBER 6–8:                   OKC ZOO’S ANNUAL FALL PLANT SALE

Plant lovers, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden will be hosting its annual Fall Plant Sale Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Global Plaza. The sale will include multicolored pansies, violas and unusual plants propagated from the OKC Zoo’s botanical collection. Plus, the Zoo’s horticulture team will be on hand to answer questions and provide tips about fall gardening and landscaping. Find inspiration for your fall garden with fresh plants from the Zoo!

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7:               CATURDAY AT THE OKC ZOO: RAISING AWARENESS FOR BIG CAT CONSERVATION

Let’s come together for cat conservation. Join the OKC Zoo on Saturday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a special #Caturday event as we celebrate the Zoo’s large and small cats and raise awareness for these amazing animals. The Zoo’s carnivore caretakers will host information booths and kids’ activities in the tiger and small cat building at Cat Forest plus, keeper connections/animal enrichment activities at 10:30 a.m. (tigers), 11:30 a.m. (jaguar) and 2 p.m. (fishing cat/ocelot).

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8:                    PISTOL PETE’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT THE OKC ZOO

Do you want the chance to party with Pistol Pete? The OKC Metro Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association invites you to put on your orange party clothes and celebrate Pistol Pete's 94th birthday on Sunday, October 8 at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The first 200 Pokes’ fans to arrive wearing Oklahoma State University colors will have the opportunity to share birthday cake with Pete at 2 p.m. and receive a gift from the OKC Metro Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association, while supplies last. Activities will take place in the OKC Zoo’s Global Plaza, admission required to enter the Zoo. To learn more, click here.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14:            BEDFORD CAMERA AND NIKON PRESENT “BORROW A LENS DAY” AT THE OKC ZOO

Capture this–the opportunity to hone your photography skills while also getting to visit the OKC Zoo! Courtesy of Bedford Camera and Video, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can borrow a camera lens, and click away while in the lush gardens and wildlife habitats of the Zoo. Guests must provide a valid driver’s license to borrow a lens. Admission to the Zoo required.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20:                    PUMPKIN CHOMP AND STOMP

Do you love tearing into your Halloween treats? Watch as many of the OKC Zoo’s animals “chomp and stomp” their own pumpkin treats during the Zoo’s annual Pumpkin Chomp and Stomp event on Friday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Zoo’s animal care team will prepare enrichment items for various animals. A schedule of enrichment times will be available to guest on the day of the event and online at www.okczoo.org.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20:                    CREATURES AND COCKTAILS AT THE OKC ZOO

If you’re wild about Halloween, Creatures and Cocktails is your scene! On Friday, October 20, the Oklahoma City Zoo will become the backdrop for Creature and Cocktails the most frighteningly fun, 21 and older, Halloween party around. Presented by the Oklahoma Zoological Society and Oklahoma Gazette, this spook-tacular event includes food, a live DJ, games, a costume contest, tours of the OKC Zoo’s “haunted” Herpetarium, and of course–festive libations! The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and all attendees must be age 21 and older. Tickets are $45 per person and additional drinks will be available for purchase. Designated driver tickets are $15 per person. Visit www.ZOOfriends.org for tickets and contest rules or call (405) 425-0618. Net proceeds will benefit the Zoo’s conservation initiatives.

 

SATURDAY/SUNDAY, OCT. 21-22 AND SATURDAY/SUNDAY, OCT. 28-29:               HAUNT THE ZOO FOR HALLOWEEN

We have new dates with more time for you to Haunt the Zoo! The Oklahoma City Zoo is gearing up for its 34th annual Haunt the Zoo, presented by Kohl’s Cares and the Children’s Hospital Volunteers, a staple in Oklahoma’s Halloween events. This year there’s a new way to boo as Haunt the Zoo becomes a daytime event! That’s right, in order to accommodate the growing number of guests, this year’s Haunt the Zoo will take place during the day over the course of two weekends: Saturday/Sunday, October 21-22 and Saturday/Sunday, October 28-29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Haunt the Zoo goers can explore the trick-or-treat trail and the Zoo at their own pace while collecting candy from festive volunteers at 25 family-friendly themed booths. It’s a Halloween adventure like no other! Event goers are encouraged to wear costumes (adults, too), but nothing too scary.

In addition to general admission, guests can purchase Trick-or-Treat bags for $7 per person, or $6 for ZOOfriends members. The Zoo will also offer Boo-It-All passes (all of the Zoo-it-All benefits plus trick-or-treating) priced at $29 for children/seniors, $33 for adults, or $22 for ZOOfriends’ members. In addition to festive trick-or-treat trail, the Centennial Choo Choo will be transformed into a ghoulish Ghost Train which guests can ride for $3. Haunt the Zoo tickets are required for all guests, age 2 and up, and will be available beginning October 2 online at www.okczoo.org.

Interested in volunteering to help with Haunt the Zoo? We welcome enthusiastic volunteers as young as 8 years old (with an adult chaperone) to assist with this event. To learn more, contactvolunteer@okczoo.org.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28:            HAUNT THE ZOO OVERNIGHT

Creepy crawlies and things that go BOO! Join the OKC Zoo for a hauntingly good time learning about the Zoo’s most Halloween-iest critters from 7 p.m. Saturday, October 28 to 9 a.m. Sunday, October 29. The fees are $35 per child, $20 per adult. This will include an evening snack, night and morning hikes, breakfast, Zoo admission and a Haunt the Zoo trick-or-treat bag the following day, as well as a pumpkin themed activity. Ages 4 and up are welcome–a parent must accompany children. To register or learn more, click here.

 

ONGOING UNTIL OCTOBER 31:                  DAILY KEEPER CONNECTIONS

Do you love hearing about your favorite animals? The OKC Zoo’s Daily Keeper Connections help you connect with your favorite animals and the keepers who care for them. The Zoo’s animal keepers are everyday conservationists, dedicated to protecting and preserving our plant’s wildlife and wild places. They have a wealth of information to share as they show off the Zoo’s amazing animals. Keeper Connection signs are posted throughout the Zoo. Schedules are available in Guest Services and online at www.okczoo.org. Zoo admission required.

 

OKC Zoo’s November happenings. Save these dates…

·         Give for Gorillas Cell Phone Challenge (November 1-30): The OKC Zoo is calling on you to help save gorillas by donating old used cell phones to the Give for Gorillas Cell Phone Challenge. Learn more at www.okczoo.org

·         Veteran’s Day (Saturday, November 11, 9 AM-5 PM):  In honor of Veteran’s Day, the OKC Zoo is proud to offer free admission to all active duty, active reserves and retirees. Military ID or proof of service is required.

·         Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23):  The Zoo is closed.

The OKC 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. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Admission is $11 for adults, and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.okczoo.org.  Facebook: okczoobg; Instagram: @okczoo; Twitter: @okczoo. For more great stories about the OKC ZOO, visit okczoo.org/blog.  

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