The Easter Bunny will be hopping through Oklahoma City in a little over a week, but if you're looking to get your fill of cute and cuddly animals before then, get yourself to the Oklahoma City Zoo!
Okay, okay. The Oklahoma City Zoo definitely has more in store for you than just bunny rabbits. The wildlife park is one of the oldest zoos in the southwest and is home to more than 1,900 exotic animals spread throughout 119 acres. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and marine life all make the list for the welcoming committee awaiting you in OKC's Adventure District.
If you haven't been in a while, prepare to have your little heart melted by the absolute cutest babies that ever lived. This might sound a bit crazy if you haven't seen them, but baby elephants and rhinos are actually quite adorable, and our zoo has both! Rupert the Rhino was born in June of 2014 and Achara the Asian Elephant followed soon after in December. Both of these babes are must-sees on your visit.
You absolutely can't miss out on monkeying around at the Great EscApe. This premier primate facility is the only exhibit of its kind with all three great-ape species, the gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees, under one roof. Make sure you stop by to wish Tatu a happy birthday as this male silver-haired gorilla just celebrated his 40th birthday. Siri, the one-armed Chimp, will entertain you with her funny antics as she swings from vines and taunts and teases her playmates. These primates in action are guaranteed to give everyone a great chuckle.
Pounce your way over to Cat Forest and Lion Overlook to check out both large and small cats before you bear down for a trip through Cross Timbers to see the grizzlies. The Zoo is also home to 153 different species of reptiles and amphibians including the only two venomous lizard species in the world: beaded lizards and Gila monsters. Swim through the aquatic department's collection of seahorses, sharks, live coral exhibits, an 18,000 gallon native fish tank, stingrays and sea lions. The Zoo also hosts ‘Weekend Keeper Connections' every Saturday and Sunday where you can learn more about all of your favorite animals.
The Oklahoma City Zoo is the perfect way to spend a beautiful spring day and make nearly 2,000 new friends. Make sure you hop on over to the Zoo on Easter Sunday to participate in an "egg"stravaganza with an assortment of family friendly activities. The Zoo is open daily from 9am-5pm and admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors. Children under 2 are free.