Event Venue at Tulsa Zoo Offers Roaring Good Time

WEDDINGS: The Tulsa Zoo is an excellent venue for weddings.

Location is king for celebrations.
The Tulsa Zoo offers a number of unique and exotic indoor and outdoor settings for weddings, proms, corporate parties, reunions, birthdays and other special events.

“So many of our guests are passionate about animals and conservation and appreciate the idea that simply by selecting a Tulsa Zoo venue, their special events can help support the zoo and our wildlife mission,” says Amy Watson, group sales manager.
The nearly 90-year-old Tulsa Zoo spans 84 acres within Mohawk Park, providing lush surroundings for any occasion. From simple birthday party gatherings for a handful of children to formal outdoor weddings for a thousand guests, the zoo can accommodate, says Watson.

Needing to accommodate more than a thousand? The zoo can. “Our largest event in recent memory was a private, after-hours corporate employee event for several thousand guests. This included catering for 5,000 people, as well as a variety of family entertainment options, from an outdoor movie, to an animal encounter, to live music,” she says. “It doesn’t matter how elaborate, we certainly can exceed expectations at the Tulsa Zoo.”

The zoo offers a number of memorable event options for more intimate parties. “One of my favorites is our giraffe deck dinner experience, which is available for two to 50 guests. We feed you dinner, allowing you to dine at eye-level with our resident giraffe herd, and then you can feed our giraffes,” Watson says. The experience also includes a visit with giraffe keepers.

Each year, the zoo is host to more than 100 children’s birthday parties. The Zoo is popular for events such as high school proms and college formals. And, zoo weddings benefit from the scenic grounds any time of year.

“Talk about unique photo opportunities. We are so much more than four walls. We provide a distinctive setting, as well as built-in entertainment. We remove the burden of entertaining guests. Thanks to 84 acres, more than 2,000 animals and a train, there is something for everyone here at the zoo,” Watson says.

The Tulsa Zoo also is known for the individualized customer service each client receives. The private events team provides an onsite event coordinator for each event to assist from start to finish. Set-up and tear down also are covered.

With professional onsite catering and a full-time executive chef, the zoo truly is a one-stop experience. “We provide an expansive range of menu packages, or our executive chef will work with you to customize a menu based on your preferences and budget,” Watson says.

The zoo is adding new venue options this summer, thanks to the soon-to-open Lost Kingdom exhibit complex. This five-acre habitat will add the Ann and Jack Graves Outdoor Café, as well as the George Kaiser Family Foundation Special Events and Dining Pavilion overlooking the new tiger habitat.

The zoo also is a go-to location for corporate events, Watson says, including conferences, employee appreciation days, summer barbecues, company picnics, product launches and team-building retreats.

“We can take on an event of any size and make it memorable for you, your employees, coworkers and clients. We’ll do all of the work so you can enjoy.”

Whether plans call for an intimate gathering for a handful or a black-tie affair for thousands, the zoo offers an exciting variety of indoor and outdoor spaces that provide an uncommon setting for any special occasion.

The Tulsa Zoo’s event spaces are available for bookings from the moment the zoo opens until midnight. For information about special event venues at the Tulsa Zoo, call 918-669-6605, or contact privateevents@tulsazoo.org. Or check out the photo galleries and menus at tulsazoo.org/party.

Updated 05-31-2017

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