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New digital series presents Zoo experiences daily at 2 p.m. CT during closure

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Despite an indefinite closure related to the unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency, the Oklahoma City Zoo remains hard at work fulfilling its mission to connect people with the world’s vanishing wildlife! The Zoo’s new digital series, posted daily at 2 p.m. CT, allows viewers to take a safari from the comfort of home with caretaker chats, wellness exams, behind-the-scenes animal encounters and unexpected adventures from the Zoo online daily. Episodes are posted on the OKC Zoo’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) and at okczoo.org/okc-zoo-at-two. They include pre-produced stories as well as live broadcasts allowing viewers to submit their questions to be answered by Zoo caretakers. “OKC Zoo @ Two” highlights the Zoo’s amazing animals and expert staff.

Here are the topics for Monday, March 23, through Sunday, March 29:

Monday, March 23 - Komodo Dragon Caretaker Chat (LIVE)

Tuesday, March 24 - Alpaca Meet & Greet (LIVE)

Wednesday, March 25 - Cassowary Caretaker Chat (LIVE)

Thursday, March 26 - Red Panda Caretaker Chat

Friday, March 27 - Giraffe Feeding & Meet and Greet

Saturday, March 28 - Galapagos Tortoise Habitat Update

Sunday, March 29 - Feeding the Animals at the Zoo

Fans wishing to support the OKC Zoo and mitigate the significant cost of the temporary closure can pre-purchase general admission tickets and Zoo-It-All tickets online at okczoo.org/tickets at a 20% discount. These tickets will be valid to use any day before March 31. 2021. The public can also support the OKC Zoo by making a donation at okczoo.org/donate towards the Zoo’s general operating fund or by becoming a ZOOfriends members at zoofriends.org/membership. ZOOfriends membership purchased or renewed during March or April will receive two additional months to extend their membership.

Indefinitely closed to the public for the well-being of Zoo guests, team members, ZOOfriends members, volunteers and, of course, the animals in our care, safety is our top priority every day at the OKC Zoo, particularly with the emergence of COVID-19. Zoo officials will continue to closely monitor this developing situation and follow guidance from federal, state and local health officials to determine the Zoo’s reopening date.

Connect with your Zoo daily at 2 p.m.! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Stay up-to-date with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.