TULSA, Okla. (Nov. 27, 2019) – Visit the Tulsa Zoo all December and January – plus a couple of bonus days in November – for half-off regular admission during Snow Leopard Days.
Starting Thanksgiving day, adults will be able to visit during regular zoo hours for only $6, children 3- to 11-years-old for $4 and seniors 65 and older are $5. As always, children 2 and under, as well as zoo members, are free.
Red pandas, grizzly bears, Arctic foxes, river otters and, of course, snow leopards love the cold — they playfully romp around snow-covered spaces and even enjoy chilly, snow-free days. Winter truly transforms the zoo into a wonderland for many of the animals.
The Tulsa Zoo is home to four snow leopards — cubs Kavi, Amir and Zahra, and mother Sherab. The father of the cubs, Rajan, recently moved to North East Wisconson Zoo, or NEW Zoo, in conjunction with the snow leopard Species Survival Plan ®, which manages species in Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited zoos.
The NEW Zoo sent female red panda Addison to the Tulsa Zoo as part of the Red Panda SSP to be a companion for Bo, Tulsa Zoo’s male red panda. Native to the Himalayas, red pandas have short fluffy ears and thick double-layered coat that helps keep them warm.
“Zoos are intimately aware of the weather,” says Curator of Mammals Jordan Piha. “We follow temperature guidelines so animals that are sensitive to colder temperatures are provided with access to warm places and extra materials, like straw, that help with insulation.”
Many of the animal habitats have warm spots where animals may go for supplemental warmth and shelter, such as heated rocks for the tigers in Lost Kingdom. Visitors, too, are treated to warm spots, with indoor spaces throughout the 84-acre facility.
The Tulsa Zoo offers guests year-round viewing and educational opportunities. Many zoo habitats are climate controlled, so visitors can see the animals all the time. For example, zoo guests can visit Helmerich Sea Lion Cove to watch the California sea lions enjoying their temperature-controlled, saltwater habitat no matter how cool the weather.
With the Robert J. LaFortune WildLIFE Trek encompassing four buildings highlighting different habitats, the Conservation Center, Lost Kingdom and an immersive Rainforest exhibit, guests will find many indoor areas to explore during Snow Leopard Days.