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Oklahoma City Zoo offers free admission to children this month

With fewer than two weeks left, the Oklahoma City Zoo is slightly behind pace to hit its goal of 1 million visitors in a fiscal year. To help push things along, the zoo trust decided to offer free admission for children for the rest of June.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: June 18, 2011

The Oklahoma City Zoo is offering free admission to children through the end of the month to boost attendance and reach its goal of 1 million visitors in a year.

The zoo had 933,100 visitors for this fiscal year as of Thursday, zoo spokeswoman Candice Rennels said. The zoo's fiscal year ends June 30.

The Oklahoma City Zoo Trust voted in a special meeting Friday afternoon to offer free admission for age 11 and younger through June 30.

“A million thanks are due to our visitors and members for the incredible year we are having,” Executive Director Dwight Scott said in a statement. “Without their continuing support, this milestone in the making would be impossible.”

This year especially has brought in more visitors because of some big-ticket happenings.

The new elephant habitat opened March 11, and more than 100,000 people visited the Oklahoma City Zoo this year during spring break, setting a record.

The zoo's new museum, the Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum, opened April 9.

One of the biggest draws is elephant calf Malee, who was born April 15.


Oklahoma City Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Admission will be free for age 11 and younger through June 30. Beginning July 1, admission will return to the normal prices of $8 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, and free for age 2 and younger. Military members, their spouses and up to five dependents are admitted for half price. The Summer Season Celebration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Activities, crafts and games are free with zoo admission. Fathers are admitted free on Sunday in honor of Father's Day.

To learn more

For more information about the Oklahoma City Zoo, call 424-3344 or go to


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