The Oklahoma City Zoo makes your Valentine’s Day shopping stress free with a wild selection of exciting experiences, unforgettable adventures and one-of-a-kind finds.
1. OKC ZOO’S WILD ENCOUNTERS
Step up your gift game with the Zoo’s Wild Encounters. These exclusive behind-the-scenes, up-close encounters with our animals bring the wow! The Zoo offers Wild Encounters with grizzly bears, sea lions and elephants daily. All ages welcome. Wild Encounters are $40 or $50 per person depending on the animal area and can be purchased at Guest Services.
2. ZOOfriends’ MEMBERSHIPS
Give your sweetie a year of adventure! Starting at just $50 for two adults, ZOOfriends’ membership benefits include unlimited Zoo admission for one year and discounts on education programs, concessions and gift shop purchases. Plus, ZOOfriends’ members receive discounts to participating Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited organizations throughout the country. Visit zoofriends.org for more details.
3. ZOOfriends’ ANIMAL ADOPTIONS
Share the love while giving some back through ZOOfriends’ Animal Adoption program. These symbolic adoptions are a perfect way to recognize the animal lover in your life while helping the Zoo’s wildlife family. Each adoption costs $45 and comes with information about your animal and an adorable plush. Now through February 14, receive $5 off your Animal Adoption when you buy online using the promo code “LOVE.” For more information, visit zoofriends.org or call the ZOOfriends’ office at (405) 425-0618.
4. ANIMAL ART BY OKC ZOO ANIMALS
Animal art will win their heart! The Zoo's talented animal ambassadors get to paint during voluntary enrichment exercises with their caretakers. Visit the Guest Services office and browse the Zoo's wide selection of unique animal art available for purchase. All proceeds support the Zoo's conservation efforts.
5. OKC ZOO’S SAFARI GIFT SHOP
You’ll love the wild array of gift items at the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop. Shop our selection of one-of-a-kind finds, handcrafted jewelry and art, apparel, toys and plush that you won't find at the mall. Plus, several of the items available support local and global conservation so your thoughtful gift giving will spread love all around the world.
6. DATE NIGHT AT THE ZOO
Forget dinner and a movie. Check out this month’s “21 and up” education program, Romancing the Zoo, on Saturday, February 11! Learn about the wacky courtship of animals and how the Zoo plays matchmaker for species preservation. You’ll even take your picture with our Galapagos tortoises! Light hors d'oeuvres, limited adult beverages and dessert served. For ages 21 and up only. To make your reservation today, click here or call Education at (405) 425-0218.
7. OKC ZOO GIFT CARDS
Is your beloved a picky shopper? Give them endless options with a Zoo gift card! Gift cards can be used almost anywhere in the Zoo and are also good for booking Wild Encounters and Safari Cart Tours. Pick them up at the Guest Services office!
8. ZOO BRICKS
Let them know your love is solid with an ever-lasting gift. Zoo bricks are placed in the Zoo's Global Plaza for all to see. Also perfect for gifts in memoriam. Prices start at $50 for a one-line inscription. You will also receive a certificate with your personalized inscription. For more information, visit zoofriends.org or call the ZOOfriends’ office at (405) 425-0618.
9. SAFARI CART TOURS
Grab your cameras, canteens and khakis … and take your sweetheart on a safari! The Zoo offers Safari Cart Tours, a private voyage tailored to fit the interests of the adventurer. These personalized Zoo tours cost $75 for up to seven people and last two hours. The Safari Cart can be reserved by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (405) 425-0262.
10. PROPOSAL PACKAGES
Give your special moment a wild twist! Pop the question at the Zoo! Your unforgettable event will include a 30-minute cart ride for two, entry into your choice of Stingray Bay, Lorikeets or Giraffe Feedings, a plush animal and a photo from Freeze Frame. Proposal packages cost $99. For more information, call the Guest Services office at (405) 425-0262.
Love is in the air at the OKC Zoo! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museum, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Open year-round except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Zoo buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Guests must exit grounds at closing time. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay in the “Zoo know” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.