Animal lovers, kids, adults – all love spending quality time at the zoo. But the Oklahoma City Zoo isn’t just a place to watch animals behind bars, but a wonderful destination where you learn more about flora and fauna in their natural habitats. s.
The zoo, located in northeast Oklahoma City in the Adventure District, is home to more than 1,700 animals distributed over 110 acres of land. The zoo has quite a lot of attractions for the casual tourist as well as the discerning animal lover. The Butterfly Garden is a beautiful butterfly habitat consisting of more than 15,000 plants that have been judiciously planted to accommodate the entire life cycle of butterflies. One of the most prominent citizens of this habitat is the large Monarch Butterfly, the only creature migrating north and south according to the seasons, like birds. Some of the species in the Butterfly Garden native to the Oklahoma region are the state butterfly of Oklahoma – the Eastern Black Swallowtail, and others including the Painted Lady and the Giant Swallowtail.
Vacationers who prefer trekking through nature’s attractions can enjoy Oklahoma Trails. This showcases Oklahoma’s natural diversity through habitats of 800 animals that thrive in the unique 11 life zones found in the state. One of the major attractions of the trails is a scaled-down 25-feet replica of the Turner Falls.
Visitors looking for a scaly, reptilian experience can head to the Herpetarium that features 80 exhibits of reptiles and amphibians such as the Giant Green Anaconda, the Poison Dart Frogs, Beaded Lizards, Gila Monsters, and Smokey Jungle Frog. Other interesting segments of the zoo include the Cat Forest/Lion Overlook – a 4.2 acre land featuring 9 species of the majestic cats among 4000 plants recreating the natural habitat of these animals; the Great Escape – a tropical rainforest habitat featuring the Great Apes; and Island Life – showcasing island dwellers.
Visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo is an entertaining as well as educative experience. The zoo is conveniently located close to great hotels that arrange tours to the Zoo and other attractions of Oklahoma City.Oklahoma City Hotels – The Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center is one of the finest hotels in Oklahoma City and is located only 1.5 miles from Downtown’s Bricktown center. Shuttle services are available to the Oklahoma City Zoo from the hotel.