The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, together with the Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS), is proud to announce a new partnership with Primrose schools in Oklahoma City in support of one of the Zoo’s favorite attractions, the Children’s Zoo.

The Children’s Zoo presented by Primrose schools is a must-visit attraction at the OKC Zoo for kids of all ages that combines innovative design with the innate curiosity youngsters have for the natural world around them. This partnership also includes the interactive Primrose schools Barnyard within the Children’s Zoo, home to the Zoo’s goats and sheep.

OZS hosted a ribbon-cutting celebration on Wednesday, May 8 to commemorate the naming of the Children’s Zoo with representatives from the Primrose Oklahoma City Board of Directors, as well as students and teachers from Primrose metro area schools in attendance.

“It’s no secret, kids are drawn to the Children’s Zoo, its animals and unique play spaces,” said Mandy Heaps, OZS’s executive director.  “Visiting the Zoo and experiencing habitats like this one is where their fascination with wildlife and nature begins. We are thrilled that Primrose wanted to be part of the Children’s Zoo and appreciate their generosity.”

“Our students, teachers, and families love the OKC Zoo so, of course, our Primrose schools wanted to come together in support of this partnership,” said Sharon Tanner, franchise owner of Primrose School of Edmond. “As leaders in education, Primrose is thrilled to align with the Zoo and help further its mission of education, recreation, and providing enriching experiences for children in their first five years of life.”

Since its opening in 2010, the Children’s Zoo has become a choice destination for kids and adults alike. The Children’s Zoo encourages nature play while building an appreciation for wild places through interactive features. Visitors are encouraged to climb, slide, explore, and experience connections to the outdoors and wildlife in new ways. The Primrose schools Barnyard provides up-close encounters with goats and sheep and the Waterway areas provide room for splashing and water fun. Guests will also discover the Galapagos tortoise habitat, home to some of the Zoo’s longest-lived residents, plus the Explorikeet Adventure and Flamingo Mingle areas with optional paid feeding activities. Children’s Zoo is also home to spider and squirrel monkeys, koi, select reptiles, and many other species.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. Purchase advance Zoo admission tickets at and avoid the entry lines. 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, and Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. Zoo admission is $16 for adults and $13 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Membership has its perks! As a ZOOfriends member of the Oklahoma City Zoo, enjoy free admission all year-long, plus many additional benefits and discounts. You will also be supporting the Zoo’s animal family, education programming and conservation initiatives both locally and globally. Join or renew today at

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