Zoo in Parsons

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Established: 2013

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Brands Used: Wild Republic, American Expedition, Aurora, Toysmith, Serrv

Pro Tip: Plan your visit around our live animal shows. You won't regret it. Showtimes are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.

Q&A with Laura Remenar, Director

What special training do you or your staff have?

Many of our staff hold degrees in biology, conservation, or wildlife management. We also are members of the Zoological Association of America and the Feline Conservation Federation.

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

Our animal interaction.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Every admission includes our live animal shows, bottle feedings, Parakeet Paradise, and the Foot Safari.

32297 State Highway 86
Eagle Rock,

Founded by Joe Estes as a nonprofit operation, Safari Joe's Reptile World provides a 200-acre sanctuary for more than 250 exotic animals—including lions, leopards, alligators, pythons, and large tortoises—that were unwanted, abused, or neglected. Each week, five to six new animals are donated or abandoned at the facility. Though these animals cannot return to the wild, they receive nurturing care from a cadre of more than 30 volunteers.

While newly abandoned animals remain hidden from view within the sanctuary, the park also boasts exhibit such as Reptile World. This educational, hands-on environment encourages visitors to interact with a slew of exotic animals while learning about protecting each species and their natural habitats.

13455 Hwy. 69 N

The Tulsa Zoo, which rarely closes, shuts its doors on the third Friday in June. On that day, the staff prepares for its annual “WALTZ on the Wild Side” fundraiser. During the rest of the year, guests can take advantage of exhibits that have been made possible by the money raised during that event, including the Chimpanzee Connection, Elephant Encounter, Penguin Exhibit, Children’s Zoo and the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove.

The Tulsa Zoo has committed itself to enlightening guests and protecting species from around the globe. The zoo cares for African animals such as the Aldabra tortoises, Asian animals including snow leopards, and animals native to the tropical rainforest of Central and South America. In addition to the “WALTZ on the Wild Side” fundraiser, the Tulsa Zoo also hosts events including the 5K and 10K Zoo Run, and the “HallowZOOeen” celebration, in which animals get to dress up and ask each other for candy.

6421 E 36th St N

Since its founding in 2005, the 12-acre park has taken in more than 200 active animals from private owners and zoos with limited vacancy. The grounds permeate an aura of familiar and familial care, as all staffers lend their time and knowledge on a volunteer basis. During a single safari jaunt, guests can get acquainted with a range of amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles—specific beasts include kangaroos, marmosets, and Amazon parrots. A select group of creatures are also available for high hoof-fiving and fur comparing at the petting zoo. Likewise, because today's Groupon includes four feeding treat packs, all attending guests can shower their most beloved little friends with sweet, sweet non-candycane sustenance.

26881 E 58th St S
Broken Arrow,

Spurred by a mutual dream of owning oodles of creatures out in the country, animal lovers Robert and Kathy Harris swung open the gates to Four Points Ranch and Petting Zoo in 2010. Today, the facility invites families onto its grounds to learn about the natural world while interacting and playing with a variety of furry, four-legged residents. For a quarter, guests receive a handful of grain to use in designated feeding areas, and can climb into some of the pens, where goats, sheep, and miniature horses wait to be patted on the back or spoken to in words of no fewer than five syllables. Face painting, inflatable play zones, and a fire pit for roasting s’mores accompany each visit to Four Points, which also hosts birthday parties and field trips and offers a mobile petting-zoo service.

2900 Southwest 80th Street