Beginning Tuesday, December 1, the Zoo will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until Spring.

On Tuesday, December 1, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s new winter schedule will begin with no public access on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Zoo will continue to be open to the public Thursdays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The decision to close two days a week is a first in the OKC Zoo’s history which prides itself on connecting guests with wildlife every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, the emergence of COVID-19, which forced the Zoo to close in March for 51 days, has had a significant financial impact on the organization’s operational budget. By closing the Zoo’s guest facing operations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the least attended days during the winter season, the Zoo is able to reduce expenses while still providing ample opportunities for families to visit.

The new winter schedule will not impact the daily care and welfare for the 1,200 animals that call the Zoo home. The Zoo will continue to engage fans with multiple photos and videos posted daily on social media platforms, including TikTok!

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