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Safari Soirée

06/17/2017, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Go wild at night for a great cause! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, and the Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS), have teamed up to create a new conservation event, Safari Soirée, scheduled for Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 7 to 11 p.m.!  Safari Soirée will be a night to celebrate the community’s support of the Zoo’s conservation efforts to help save plants and animals here in Oklahoma and around the world, now spreading across four continents.

Safari Soirée is a paid event limited to guests ages 21-and-up that will include fabulous food, exotic drinks, rare animal experiences and, of course, flashlights for exploring. The evening will also include a live band, a DJ, a scavenger safari game with prizes, and the freedom to explore and rediscover Oklahoma’s oldest and largest cultural attraction.

“While many Oklahomans have been to the Oklahoma City Zoo during the day, very few have experienced the park and gardens at night,” said Dr. Dwight Lawson, Zoo executive director/CEO. “Providing guests with this unusual experience enables us to share our amazing conservation stories in a powerful, new way.”

Guests are encouraged to explore the Zoo to discover multiple, illuminated conservation stations. At each station, the Zoo will highlight one of four global conservation programs that protects critically endangered species represented at the Zoo, including orangutans in Borneo, Asian elephants, Galapagos Tortoises and Monarch butterflies.

“To express the Zoo’s mission of conserving wildlife and wild places, we needed to provide a wild experience,” said Tim Rasnic, OZS executive director. “This event will be unlike anything the Zoo has done before, which makes it more exciting and rewarding for those who participate.”

All net proceeds of this larger event will benefit the overall conservation efforts of the Zoo. The Zoo bolstered its conservation efforts in 2016 and donated more than $280,000 to local and global projects that range from the purchase of rainforest in Sumatra to protect endangered elephants, tigers and orangutans to supporting local habitats for monarch butterflies.

Safari Soirée sponsorships offer multiple levels of participation. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

Behind-the-scene experiences are sold out. General admission tickets can still be purchased at the event through 9:30p.m.

  • General Admission tickets are $75 each and includes entrance to the Zoo, food, drinks, sea lion presentation, giraffe feeding, stingrays, lorikeets, inspirational conservation stations and more!
  • VIP Behind-the-Scenes tickets are $50 per person, per experience. Here, guests will interact with keepers, and receive an up-close experience with wildlife. (These behind-the-scenes opportunities do not include direct animal contact.) Guests can choose up to three VIP experiences, including elephants, lions, bears, rhinos, painted dogs and apes. These experiences will run every 30 minutes from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and are limited to 16 guests each. The purchase of a General Admission ticket is required to purchase a VIP ticket.
  • All-Inclusive tickets are $200 each and include a General Admission ticket and three VIP Behind-the-Scene areas for one person.


Date: Reschedule - Saturday, June 17, 2017

Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Location: OKC Zoo

Cause: All net proceeds will benefit the conservation efforts of the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Tickets: Behind-the-scene experiences are sold out. General admission tickets can still be purchased at the event through 9:30p.m.

This event is for adults 21-and-over. IDs will be checked at entrance.

Safari Soirée would not be possible without our generous sponsors.
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Heather & Darren Head, Marianne's Rentals, Midwest Wrecking Co., Laura & Scott Mitchell, Alice & Phil Pippin and Southwestern Stationery & Bank Supply

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Bank of Oklahoma, Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores, Dolese Brothers Co., Finch Creative, Vicki & Bob Howard, Hudiburg Auto Group, Independent Insurance Agents of OKC, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, McAfee & Taft, Donna & Robert McCampbell, Timberlake Construction Co., Inc. and Torre Design Consortium, Ltd.

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Comtech, Foilart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom, Lori & Dustin Fredrick, Julie Hall, Heritage Trust, Niki & Bill Puffinbarger, Aimee & Vahid Salalati, Katie & Jon Trudgeon, and Kent Williams

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