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WALTZ on the Wild Side

The 31st annual WALTZ on the Wild Side presented by the Hardesty Family Foundation will take place from 6-11 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2022, at the Tulsa Zoo. WALTZ, which stands for we all love Tulsa Zoo, has raised more than $5 million toward building a bigger, better Tulsa Zoo.

“This year we’re asking WALTZ attendees to get in the Tulsa Zoo state of mind,” said Tulsa Zoo Director of Development Monica Ericson-Simmons. “We’re thrilled to celebrate Tulsa at the WILDEST party in town!”

WALTZ on the Wild Side: Tulsa Zoo State of Mind presented by the Hardesty Family Foundation will be raising money to support Tulsa Zoo’s capital campaign. Currently in phase two, the campaign is raising funds for two projects – the Oxley Family Elephant Experience and Elephant Preserve and African Wilds: Carnivores.

The Oxley Family Elephant Experience and Elephant Preserve is currently under construction and will be one of the largest AZA facilities of its kind in North America. It will allow Tulsa Zoo to continue providing world-class care for elephants at all stages of life. Additionally, the zoo will be adding 10 acres for the elephants to free roam. The facility will be completed in 2024.

The African Wilds: Carnivores project will replace the outdated 1964 cat grottos and provide a much-needed new home for the lions, painted dogs, meerkats and other African animals at Tulsa Zoo. Additionally, the project will introduce pygmy hippos and bring back zebras.

WALTZ was first held in 1990. Since its inception, it helped fund many projects including: Chimpanzee Connection exhibit, Aldabra Tortoise exhibit, Jaguar exhibit, African Penguin exhibit, Lost Kingdom Exhibit Complex, Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve, and many more.

Event information is available at and capital campaign information is available at


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