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What is changing at the zoo?

The Tulsa Zoo is open with key changes in place to safeguard against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These changes include limiting the number of guests on zoo grounds, minimizing touch points, enabling proper social-distancing opportunities and increasing cleaning protocol. One of the more noticeable changes is all guests, including members, are encouraged to make reservations in advance online to guarantee entry.

Tulsa Zoo guests ages 10 and older are no longer required to wear a face covering when inside any buildings on zoo grounds. Beginning Friday, May 21, we’re moving to masks optional for guests while in indoor exhibits, no outdoor mask requirements, with one exception.

  • Masks will be required during summer camp, indoors 

On behalf of the staff and animal ambassadors at the Tulsa Zoo, thank you for your understanding while we’re #CaringForYourHerd.

How do the ticket reservations work?
All zoo guests, including members, are encouraged to make a reservation online on the date of their choice. ​

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. ​

  • Last reservation block starts at 2pm.
  • Guests will be admitted during the first hour of their reservation window.

Example, guests who purchase tickets for 10 a.m. may enter from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

When can I start reserving tickets?
Ticket reservations are now available for everyone.


  • The ONEOK Safari Train continues to operate, weather permitting, round trip from Crane Depot by the zoo’s entrance. It is not currently stopping at Sea Lion Station. The Arvest Wildlife Carousel is operating with full capacity of riders.
  • The H.A. Chapman Event Lodge and George Kaiser Family Foundation Rajan’s are open as cooling stations to take a break

Check back here for the latest information each time you make zoo plans. The Tulsa Zoo will continue to evaluate evolving recommendations related to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and will adjust our operations accordingly to protect your herd.


  • Do I need to wear a mask?

    Tulsa Zoo guests ages 10 and older are no longer required to wear a face covering when inside any buildings on zoo grounds. Beginning Friday, May 21, we’re moving to masks optional for guests while in indoor exhibits, no outdoor mask requirements, with one exception.

    • Masks will be required during summer camp, indoors and outdoors

  • Do members have to reserve a time?

    You do not. Reservations are highly recommended as they guarantee entry to the zoo.

  • Do members have to pay for tickets?

    No, members continue to enjoy free admission for the number of guests designated with the membership level. All guests must be registered.

  • What if I need to cancel my plans?

    Contact (918) 669-6601 to reschedule your visit to a different day. 

  • What if I am late, can I extend my time?

    Tickets are valid during the selected reservation window to ensure the zoo can keep its commitment to limit entry crowds.

  • What is available at the zoo?

    The zoo is situated on an 84-acre campus with animal habitats connected by 4.9 miles of walkable pathways. Currently available is:

    • Outdoor exhibits
    • WildLIFE Trek, Conservation Center, Lost Kingdom including Lost Kingdom: Elephants and Chimpanzee Experience.
    • Carry-out, walk-up and vending food service
    • Foodservice and indoor seating in Macaw Landing Grille and George Kaiser Family Foundation’s Rajans (half of original seating to allow for distancing)
    • Carousel and train (weather permitting)
    • Outdoor gift purchases
    • Main gift shop open at reduced occupancy
    • Amenities, such as stroller, wagon and wheelchair rentals
    • St. John Family Den
    • The H.A. Chapman Events Lodge and George Kaiser Family Foundation Rajan’s are open as cooling stations to take a break

  • Can I still bring my own food and drinks?

    Yes, with the exception of alcoholic beverages and glass containers.

  • What specifically is the zoo doing to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19?

    The Tulsa Zoo is opening in stages, in a way that maximizes opportunities for social distancing, reduces the number of touch points, and allows zoos staff to increase our already rigorous cleaning protocol. Here is an overview of the safeguards in place:

    • The zoo has ordered four disinfecting machines that can disinfect indoor spaces, outdoor surfaces and equipment in 10 minutes; these will be available as the zoo increases the number of guests allowed on grounds.
    • Handwashing stations have been added throughout the zoo, bringing the total to 14 alcohol-based hand sanitizer and 10 handwashing stations.​
    • The Clean Team will conduct spot checks regularly of higher-traffic areas.
    • Multiple social-distancing signs and messaging have been placed on grounds, pathways, and buildings to remind guests of the requirement and expectation to socially distance. ​
    • Signs and messaging for guests to practice proper handwashing have been placed on grounds and in buildings as well.​
    • Staff will be on grounds to watch for unexpected congestion areas and to answer questions.​
    • Plexiglass barriers have been installed as needed.
    • Benches and picnic tables have been moved to at least 6 feet apart.
    • Public restrooms will be open and cleaned every two hours. ​
    • Air-dryers will be replaced with paper towel dispensers (because of the use of recycled air).
    • Timecards have been added to all restrooms to reflect each cleaning time. ​
    • Train seats, handrails and open attractions will be cleaned every two hours. ​
    • A wipe station will be located at each train station so guests can grab a wipe on their way in and wipe down their own seat if they choose. ​
    • Train will be disinfected and sanitized at the beginning and end of each day. ​
    • Food and gift staff will wear PPE. ​
    • Hand sanitizer provided for guest use. ​
    • Countertops, as well as guest tables and seating (once reopened) cleaned after each use. ​
    • High touch points such as registers and equipment used by staff cleaned throughout day.​
    • Additional staff dedicated to daily cleanings and sanitization. ​
    • Discontinuing refills of souvenir cups.​
    • Discontinuing self-service of items such as condiments.
    • Gloves worn when interacting with the public and cleaning.​
    • Proper social distancing when working with the public, peers and animals. ​
    • In some cases, safe animal management practices require staff to work together within six feet; the zoo has protocols in place to safeguard staff in this situation.

  • Is summer camp open this year?


    The WILDEST camps in town are returning in 2021! Join us for an exciting week full of fun as we explore, discover, and engage in the wild world around us. Our weeklong camps include guided zoo tours, education activities, and of course – animal encounters! Registration fee includes one camp t-shirt. 

    The Tulsa Zoo is committed to providing a safe and fun camp experience all while safeguarding against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We will continuously follow local and state guidelines as well as Tulsa Health Department and CDC recommendations.

    Safety protocols for summer camp 2021 include a 25% decrease in the number of campers per session, prioritizing proper social-distancing opportunities, and increasing cleaning protocols (using TMA – Quaternary Sanitizer (EPA 10324-81). Tulsa Zoo staff will wear a face mask at all times during camp. 

    Additionally, we are requiring campers to wear a face mask while they are at camp at this time.

    We can’t wait to see you at camp this summer! 


  • What happens to your major fundraising events?

    Events are back! Visit for details on your favorite.

  • How can I support the zoo?

    Thank you! As a non-profit organization, your Tulsa Zoo relies on ticket sales, membership sales, education program revenue and donations. Whether we are open or closed to the public, our animals still require daily care, including food, medical attention and exhibit maintenance. Loss of revenue has a significant impact on our overall operating budget. We know this is an uncertain time for everyone, but hope you will consider a donation to our emergency operating fund to assist us in the care of our animals and staff. No gift is too small to make a big impact. You can make a one-time donation or set up a monthly gift.

    You can also help by adding Tulsa Zoo to your personal account on By adding us as your preferred charity, we will receive .05% of all your purchases at no additional cost to you.

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