Tulsa Zoo Busy with Special Events
SEA LION SPLASH: Tulsa Zoo’s California Sea Lions Briney and Dorsey help by retrieving 20 winning miniature sea lions out of the water. A guest with the matching ticket number had the chance to win prizes like a 42-inch plasma screen television, an iPhone, Playstation 3, Tulsa Zoo memberships and more. Guest emcee Joe Kelley of KRMG radio is in the background.
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The Tulsa Zoo continues to stay busy with special events, including Feather Fest, Sea Lion Splash, Armed Forces Day, Earth Fest, a Mother’s Day performance by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, a book-reading event at Saks Fifth Avenue benefiting the zoo, and ZooFari.
Feather Fest: Over 400 colorful Australian birds fly around freely in Feather Fest’s 2,280 square foot exhibit. With admission, visitors receive a “seedstick,” a wooden stick with treats on the end for the birds to eat. Expect a close encounter with a Rosella perched on guests’ arms or a Grass Parakeet eating from their hand. Don’t forget the camera because this is an unforgettable experience! Feather Fest runs through Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $2.
Sea Lion Splash: The Sea Lion Splash was held April 12 and helped the Tulsa Zoo’s California sea lions. Guests of honor, Briney and Dorsey, the zoo’s sea lions, retrieved 20 winning miniature sea lions out of the water. A guest with the matching ticket number had the chance to win prizes like a 42-inch plasma screen television, an iPhone, Playstation 3, Tulsa Zoo memberships and more. Guest emcee was Joe Kelley with tunes from MIX 96, which broadcasted live from the event.
Armed Forces Day: The Tulsa Zoo declared March 30 Armed Forces Day. To honor brave men and women in uniform, the zoo offered discounted admission to service men and women and their families.
Mother’s Day: The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra presented a special performance at the zoo in honor of all mothers. Families received half-price admission.
Saks Book Reading: Author and illustrator Kim Doner read and signed her children’s book “On a Road in Africa” at Saks Fifth Avenue the afternoon of May 10. Proceeds from book sales benefited the Tulsa Zoo. Doner takes her story and performs all over the nation, telling the tale of the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, an organization spearheaded by native Tulsan Chrysee Perry Martin. “On a Road in Africa” tells the story of “Mama O” (Martin) and her work saving orphaned creatures in Africa. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will also support the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. The book is available for purchase at Saks Fifth Avenue in Utica Square for $15.95. All proceeds benefit the Tulsa Zoo Orphanage.
ZooFari: Live music and cuisine from fabulous Tulsa-area restaurants delighted the adults, while the kiddos loved the face painting, Jupiter jumps and fun activities, which were held throughout the zoo during this early May event. Also, some of Oklahoma’s renowned college athletes and coaches attended. The Tulsa Zoo’s 16th Annual ZooFari was sponsored by SemGroup.
Earth Fest: The Tulsa Zoo celebrated Earth Day April 19 with its very own party for the planet, Earth Fest. This wildly popular all-day event shows the community that it really is easy being green. Live music and performances, activities for the kids and “green” vendors and much, much more made this a family event. Mayor Kathy Taylor lended a hand planting one of many trees that will take root at the zoo as part of her ReGreen Tulsa initiative. The Tulsa Zoo also honored this year’s “Earth Day Hero.”