OKC Zoo, Dean McGee Eye Institute Present New Eye Spy Safari


March 18, 2019

Candice Rennels (405) 425-0298; (405) 412-6172, mobile; or crennels@okczoo.org
Chase Harvick: (405) 425-0608, office / (405) 305-2924, mobile; or charvick@okczoo.org

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Interactive kids’ activity offers a fun look at conservation education, and rewards participants with free prizes

Discover the wild sights of the Oklahoma City Zoo as you embark on the Eye Spy Safari, presented by the Dean McGee Eye Institute. Now through the summer, children 11 and under can participate in this interactive activity to learn about the OKC Zoo’s extraordinary animals and the challenges threatening their wild counterparts as they explore the Zoo. Eye Spy goers will also learn how the OKC Zoo is leading the way in local and global conservation efforts and how they can help save wildlife and wild places.

“As a conservation organization, the Oklahoma City Zoo is dedicated to educating its guests about the importance of protecting wildlife and wild places,” said Greg Heanue, OKC Zoo senior director of marketing, public relations. “Through this program, we are inspiring children to not only be everyday conservationists, but we are also providing them an opportunity to further connect with the animals and plants they encounter at the Zoo.”

“We are excited to partner with the Oklahoma City Zoo and share Eye Spy Safari with young Zoo guests,” said Jim Durbin, Dean McGee Eye Institute’s executive director of development. “This rewarding program is a great opportunity for children and their parents and grandparents to enjoy quality time together exploring the Zoo while providing an outlet for nature-focused discoveries.”

There are seven Eye Spy stations located throughout the Zoo representing a variety of species. Children are encouraged to “spot” clues at all seven stations and scratch off their cards to reveal the secret word as they go!

Participation is free with Zoo admission, and each child who completes a safari card will receive a prize courtesy of Dean McGee Eye Institute. Eye Spy Safari scratch-off cards are available at the Zoo’s Guest Services and ZOOfriends’ offices located in the Zoo’s entry plaza.

See more of the OKC Zoo with Eye Spy Safari! 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. 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. 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.


Candice Rennels Director of Public Relations
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
2000 Remington Place
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
405-425-0298 office
405-412-6172 mobile


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