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Tulsa Zoo

The Tulsa Zoo is more than 90 years old. It all started with a group of zoo animals in Mohawk Park, but it was not until 1938 when it was formalized as the Zoo and Living Museum. As the years passed by, the zoo kept on developing and expanding the scope of its offerings, which included the entry of new shows and animal types.

During the 1950’s the Tulsa Zoo joined the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Since then, the AZA has recognized the Tulsa Zoo as one of the leaders in the conservation and animal welfare industry through its accreditation program. Living up to its name, the zoo continues to work in conservation and animal welfare while providing a remarkable visitor experience.

African Penguins at the Tulsa Zoo

Unique Features

One of the most unique features of the Tulsa Zoo is the African Savannah exhibit, which is over 8 acres and is among the largest in the country. Visitors enjoy interacting with a diverse range of animals such as elephants, giraffes, and zebras, just to name a few.

A second notable attraction is the Lost Kingdom exhibit. This exhibit immerses the visitors in the mountains and grasslands of Asia where they can see all the national animals from tigers and rhinos to snow leopards. In addition, guests are able to see different types of trees and foliage, traditional Asian architecture, and a Buddhist temple. Beyond the sights, visitors may also pariticpate in hands-on animal encounters and educational programs at the zoo.

Through Zoofari Overnight, the guests stay overnight in the zoo and learn about animal care and  environmental conservation. Other educational classes and camps are also available for both children and adults not only to see but to learn about the animals and their nature as well. Conservation is also linked with the Tulsa Zoological Park because it is committed to conservation activities locally and internationally. In undertaking the aforementioned programs, the zoo actively takes part in breeding, reintroduction programs, and supports many research and conservation activities worldwide.

Entertainment opportunities include musical performances that are played on weekends during the summer months. The Tulsa Live stage has a daily programming—featuring sea lion shows and animal-related performances. Other family-friendly options include the carousel, train, and a playground.

The latest additions are the Swazi Market, an African village, and the Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve with white rhinos.

Kiddy’s Zoo is the interactive, educational arena in the zoo. This animal center is very popular among children. Here they can handle animals and learn to keep them safe. The memories of feeding goats and petting kangaroos is sure to inspire any animal enthusiast.

Animal Encounters

The safari exhibit is home to more than 400 animal species. Watch the park attendants feed a giraffe that towers over them. Watch them bring fresh food into the sanctuary while birds circle from above. Guided tours are one of the best ways to experience the zoo because the guides know when the animals are most active.

Aside from animal encounters, the zoo features numerous ongoing events during the year, such as theme parties, concerts, and information seminars. They are an excellent opportunity for Tulsa residents and visitors to meet some animals in a fun, engaging, learning environment.

Next time you’re in Tulsa, Oklahoma, save half a day for the zoo and the rest for other tourist attractions like the Woody Guthrie Center. You’ll be glad you did.