All healthcare professionals, emergency responders receive free general Zoo admission in February

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is recognizing February as Healthcare Workers and Emergency Responders Appreciation Month and, to show our gratitude to these frontline heroes caring for others during this public health crisis, the Zoo is honoring all healthcare workers and emergency responders with free general admission for the entire month. The Zoo is also offering 50% off of general admission for up to four immediate family members of qualifying individuals on date of visit. Healthcare workers and emergency responders must present a valid work ID or badge at the Zoo’s ticket window upon arrival to receive complimentary admission for themselves and discounts for up to four accompanying guests. Advance reservations are not required.

Throughout February, healthcare workers and emergency responders will enjoy additional discounts while in the park when they show proof of a valid work ID or badge including 10% off concessions and merchandise at the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop and $10 off all available Wild Encounter experiences. Wild Encounters, the Zoo’s behind-the-scenes program, enables participants to connect with Asian elephants, bison, Galápagos tortoises, grizzly bears, Indian rhinos and sea lions like never before while learning more about the Zoo’s animals from its expert caretakers. Plus, they will save $10 off the purchase of any ZOOfriends membership level, new or renewal. The healthcare professional or emergency responder must be named on the membership. Memberships must be purchased in-person at the ZOOfriends membership office located in the Zoo’s entry plaza.

“We appreciate the dedicated women and men serving on the frontline who sacrifice so much to keep us healthy and safe during these difficult times, and wanted to give back,” said Dwight Lawson, OKC Zoo’s executive director and CEO. “We hope visiting the Zoo provides some respite and the chance to connect with family and friends.”  

For your commitment to serve, we thank you with Healthcare Workers and Emergency Responder Appreciation Month. The Oklahoma City Zoo is open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no public access on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Advance tickets are required for all guests and ZOOfriends members and can be purchased at Zoo tickets are limited each day to maintain social distancing among guests. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the OKC Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Regular admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free.

Stay connected with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, and by visiting our blog stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming a ZOOfriends member. Starting at $45, memberships can be purchased at and provide access to the OKC Zoo for an entire year plus, additional benefits and discounts. To learn more about Zoo happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit