The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden set a new single-day attendance record after 23,294 guests visited yesterday, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, for Sales Tax Appreciation Day. Each year, the OKC Zoo offers free admission as a thank you to the citizens of Oklahoma City for passing a dedicated 1/8 cent sales tax for the Zoo in 1990. This new record surpasses the Zoo’s previous highest, single-day attendance of 19,752 visitors, set in March 2010, with the opening of the Children’s Zoo. This continues the Zoo’s banner attendance numbers for 2019 which also included a record spring break in March with 93,491 visitors.
“It was wonderful seeing so many people enjoying the Zoo yesterday,” said Dwight Lawson, OKC Zoo executive director/CEO, “We are extremely grateful to the citizens of Oklahoma City for their ongoing dedication to the Zoo. The significant support we receive from the community enables us to continue in our mission to connect people to wildlife and wild places; while becoming a world cultural attraction that Oklahomans are proud to call their zoo.”
The sales tax has made numerous capital improvements possible at the Zoo including Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook, Oklahoma Trails, the Children’s Zoo, the Elephant Habitat, the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital and the new Sanctuary Asia habitat.
Thanks for a smashing spring and summer, Oklahoma! The Oklahoma City 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. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay up-to-date with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.