Tulsa Zoo Active with WALTZ, Butterflies and More

TAKING FLIGHT: Watching the first butterflies take flight in the Tulsa Zoo Wings of Wonder exhibit are Exhibit Curator Darell Pickering and Tulsa Zoo Friends Executive Director Mary Collins.

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When planning your start-of-summer activities, be sure to put the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum at the top of the list. America’s Favorite Zoo has many fun events and exhibits sure to please everyone in your family.

Back by popular demand, the inactive butterfly garden, Wings of Wonder, is open through Sept. 30. This live butterfly experience allows guests to walk through a lush garden setting with hundreds of butterflies and moths representing over 20 North American species.

A “chrysalis house” is featured where visitors can watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalis and prepare for flight. The exhibit has winding stone pathways, nectar feeders, a water feature, sculptures and even music to enhance the visitor’s experience. Visitors can also learn about metamorphosis, the difference between moths and butterflies, interesting butterfly trivia and butterfly conservation.

Admission to Wings of Wonder is $1 per person in addition to regular zoo admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

It’s time to pick up that bowling ball and bowl for the cause – rhinos! The Tulsa Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers is hosting Bowling for Rhinos on Saturday, June
10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mickey’s bowling center in Eastland
Mall. The event will support rhino conservation efforts in Africa and Asia. This is the fourth year for the event that
has raised in excess of $19,000 with the support of the Tulsa community. For more information or if you’re interested
in participating/donating to the cause, please call (918) 669-6882, or visit www.tulsaaazk.org.

Sixteen years on the scene and still running wild! WALTZ on the Wild Side is celebrating its Sweet Sixteenth Anniversary on Friday, June 16, with special entertainment from Starship featuring Mickey Thomas. This signature fundraiser for the Tulsa Zoo is making a great comeback and is an event you don’t want to miss! WALTZ is an evening filled with fabulous fare from some of Tulsa’s finest dining establishments. Other live entertainment such as the growling tigers, barking sea lions and shrieking chimps add to the ambiance and exotic flair that is the Zoo. Put on your best “safari chic” attire and enjoy an evening filled with plenty of live entertainment and dancing. Beer and wine served. Call (918) 669-6608 for more information.

The Tulsa Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers is offering Keeping Up With Keepers, a program to give members of the community an inside look at what zookeepers do at work everyday. Participants will arrive at the zoo at 8 a.m. and work alongside a zookeeper for the entire morning. Sessions are held the third Saturday and Sunday of the month through October. The cost is $25 per person and $20 for Zoo Friends Members. Participants must be age 13 or older and be prepared to get dirty! Ages 13 – 15 will observe only! For more information, please contact the Tulsa Zoo at (918) 669-6882.

Don’t forget about dad…take him on an adventure at the Tulsa Zoo on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18. In honor of all fathers, the zoo is offering half-price admission all day long! Don’t forget to give him a zoo-nique gift and adopt his favorite “wild child” at the zoo. Dad will receive an adoption certificate for the animal; two one-day passes to the zoo, a fact sheet on his adopted “wild child,” a small plush animal and a discount certificate to the zoo’s gift shops. Animal adoption dollars go toward habitat improvements at the zoo. For animal adoptions, contact (918) 669-6603 or members@tulsazoo.org.

Updated 05-30-2006

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