Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens is adjusting its winter hours and will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until spring. 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 hours will not impact the daily care and welfare of the 1,200 animals that call the zoo home.
Advance tickets are required for all guests and ZOOfriends members and can be purchased at okczoo.org/tickets. Zoo tickets are limited each day to maintain social distancing among guests. 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. Starting at $45, memberships can be purchased at ZOOfriends.org and provide access to the OKC Zoo for an entire year plus, additional benefits and discounts.
Stay connected with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. Families can support the OKC Zoo by becoming a ZOOfriends member. To learn more about zoo hours and happenings, visit okczoo.org.