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Oklahoma City Zoo draws 12,000 with free admission

CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: July 18, 2009
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About 12,000 people visited the Oklahoma City Zoo for free Friday in celebration of a city sales tax that funds major projects at the zoo.

The sales tax appreciation day is always a draw for visitors, zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said.


But this year the day was especially popular because of a break in triple-digit temperatures and because the tax anniversary fell on a Friday.

Voters passed the 1/8-cent sales tax July 17, 1990. The dedicated tax has paid for such projects as Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook and Oklahoma Trails.

The new Children’s Zoo, which is scheduled to open next year, is also funded by the tax.

Besides sales tax appreciation day, the zoo offers other admission specials throughout the year.

Admission is 75 cents on Wednesdays in July and August. Admission is free on Mondays in December, January and February.


Aquarium raises funds for turtle exhibit

JENKS — Cash in your change for a chance to win a new pickup in the Oklahoma Aquarium’s Truckin’ for Turtles campaign. From 10 a.m. to noon today at the aquarium in Jenks, everyone making a coin donation will enter the drawing. After that, tickets will be sold for $20 each or six for $100. The fundraising campaign is an effort to help the Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation build a sea turtle exhibit. The aquarium received a $500,000 challenge grant to build the $1.5 million exhibit for the two 200-pound sea turtles that have been living behind the scenes at the aquarium since 2004. The winning ticket will be drawn Sept. 7. Other prizes include a private sleepover in the aquarium and a special behind-the-scenes tour to see the turtles during feeding time. For more information, go online to tulsaworld.com/aquarium.

MIKE AVERILL, TULSA WORLD

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