Visit the Tulsa Zoo all December 2019 and January 2020 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 are free, as well as zoo members.
*Not available with any other offer. Valid on the date of purchase only. The Tulsa Zoo is closed on Christmas Day. 11/28/19-1/31/20
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.
With an immersive Rainforest exhibit, the Robert J. LaFortune WildLIFE Trek encompassing four buildings highlighting different habitats, the Conservation Center, and now, Lost Kingdom, guests will find many indoor areas to explore during Snow Leopard Days.
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 Wisconsin Zoo, or NEW Zoo, in conjunction with the snow leopard SSP ®, or the 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 a charming, kitten-like face that helps keep them warm.
“Zoos are intimately aware of the weather,” says curator of mammals Jordan Piha. “We follow temperature guidelines so that 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.