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Los Angeles, California
August 5, 2006
When you enter the park, this is where you pay for the special exhibits. You are given a token, so be sure not to loose it. At this point they also give you a map of the zoo with a list and times of different shows and feeding times.The zoo boasts a wide variety of animals and many fun facts and exhibits to go with them. You have the opportunity to see elephants, birds, monkeys, giraffes, and so much more. However, I suggest that you get there early in the morning, because that is when the animals are out. Around 3pm, when it gets really hot, the animals are hard to find.I saw two of the shows that were offered that day. The first was the penguin show. It was somewhat interesting. The man who was running it was very informative and got the penguins to swim around the tank for us. The only complaint about the show was that there was very little room for everyone to stand in front of the tank window. If you go, I suggest you get there very early, and if you have kids, make sure that you get them up front and keep them there. Otherwise, they won't see anything and may get pushed out of the way by some of the adults.The other show I saw was the seal show. Unlike at the penguin one, there is much more room around the pool, although the best areas do fill up fast.My favorite part was the butterfly exhibit. This is the only a seasonal exhibit, but it was amazing. You get to walk around a small enclosed area filled with thousands of butterflies. You can get so close to them that it isn’t hard to walk away with several up-close pictures that would be almost impossible to take in the wild. There was even a booth with the cocoons hanging in them waiting to hatch.
From journal Oklahoma
by Jose Kevo
May 2, 2005
In the age when concepts of confined animals are becoming more controversial, the Tulsa Zoo is straddling the fence keeping up with modifications. Nowhere was this more evident than when trying to view elephants beyond three levels of barricades, compared to the mid-60's, when the thrill was finding them at moat's edge, extending trunks for snatching peanuts from viewers' hands. Otherwise, what would be presumed as some of the hardest animals to maintain were still in outdated yards, especially the bears and jungle cats housed in fake bluffs with small cages and minimal courtyards.
Zookeepers were running behind on their morning check-ups and feedings before turning animals out to begin rituals of waking up. Elongated stretches and yawns commanded the spring morning. While king of the jungle immediately went to pacing, most animals had the right idea lazily indulging favored sunny spots.
The zoo had several newer groupings, including the North American Living Museum with four linked-display houses featuring wildlife from lowlands, forest, desert, and tundra regions. The Tropical American Rainforest left me wanting more with bird, fish, and small mammal exhibits set within a humid jungle that fogged camera lenses and had me sweating by the time I exited. Otherwise, monkeys were still half asleep in the new Chimpanzee Connection, and even playful sea lions, navigating the old pool clearly remembered, appeared to be resting up for the daily 2:30pm performance.
Maps distributed with admission suggest a much bigger park than what's actually found. Corporate sponsors, such as American Airlines and Bank of America, have endorsed separate centers where zoo-related seminars and demonstrations are held. Parents looking for hands-on opportunity with their children will find more educative resources scattered throughout the park than animals, perhaps signs from a zoo of the future that still serves a conscious purpose.
All newer sections come with information stations, interactive displays, and related exhibits that combine the best of museum and zoo qualities. The one inside the elephant center is not to be missed. An interesting African tribal village, recreated next to the giraffe compound, turned out to be more than I expected, with cultural displays and sound affects. There's no shortage of gift shops, places to eat, restrooms, and all that caters to family entertainment, including a large playground and train encircling the grounds.
By time I left 2 hours later, the zoo had proven to be a popular draw on weekend mornings, visitors as diverse as the animals they came to see. The Tulsa Zoo is easily found off north Sheridan Road, beyond the airport, where it dead ends into Mohawk Park. Take a right and follow the signs.
From journal All Grown Up – The Boomtown & The Traveler
August 18, 2011
Quietness of Tulsa,
Sights and Taste of Tulsa
Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
January 31, 2007
From journal Things To Do in Tulsa and Around