Spread over 70 acres within Mohawk Park on the northern edge of Tulsa, the Tulsa Zoo is home to over 1500 animals. The ... More
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
Spread over 70 acres within Mohawk Park on the northern edge of Tulsa, the Tulsa Zoo is home to over 1500 animals. The beautifully landscaped paths provide views of tigers, elephants, bears, chimpanzees and many other species. Animal demonstrations are scheduled throughout the week, and special seasonal exhibits are also presented, such as “Wings of Wonder,” an aviary filled with thousands of rare butterflies. The zoo also features a children's zoo and many educational exhibits relating to zoology and the natural sciences, such as the North American Living Museum, making it a favorite educational trip for children.
My mother & I went to the zoo to take my youngest son for the first time, my mom has had some discs in her back rupture since the last time we went so she had to rent a scooter for 20 bucks. We had a hard time with all the doors & then the scooter suddeny stopped working by the petting yard, they took the scooter & said they would bring us another. We waited 2hrs!!!! & had to stop 2 different attendants to have them bring another & then the battery died on that scotter within 20 mins, I had to push the scotter with my mom on it all the way back to the gift shop where the cashier Christina seemed like nothing in the world was wrong with that!! she was laughing about it & didnt appologize or refund us the money for there piece of crap equipment & she was the one who took the scooter & left us waiting 2hrs in 90 degree wheather, I was so mad!! The Tulsa Zoo is NOT a good place to go if your hadicaped or have family that is. We will NEVER go there again!
That was a huge let down, seeing the street hookers and pimps just before we got there was the best "animals" in the area. I REALY feel sorry for some of the animals on the Tulsa zoo, sad old exhibits. About half of the hands on displays didn't work. This is the second visit to the zoo in 5 years, nothing changed much in that time. I was told two girraffes had died, that is sad, but they probably killed themselves due to depresion. I told my wife that the big black marble ball was the best part of the zoo, 100 miles later and almost home she told me I was right.
Go to the Springfield zoo, it is cheaper and ten times more enjoyable. Nothing beats the zoo in Columbia,SC.
We went to Tulsa on vacation specifically because of the zoo's advertisements. What a waste. They should pay YOU to go to the zoo. They say 1500 animals......I don't think so. Maybe, maybe 200 if you count every bird and fish and snake. The people were nice, the plants were pretty, but where are the animals? Don't waste your time or money.
My daughter and two grandchildren noticed all the new improvements made since our last visit. The new lion cubs sure have grown. We liked the new umbrellas at eating tables and the new train. Yea! More shade. We enjoye the Attic room. While in Rain Forest a CooCoo bird jumped on my shoulder!The kids loved that! Thanks! Very clean!
Ok for something to do but very outdated! Avoid the buildings epecially if you have a stroller/wheelchair as the doors hve floor to ceiling chains and are difficult to manuever. Once you start in the buildings must go through all 4-5 of them. Besides the buildings stink as in animal stink! Do ride carosel and train as these are the only reason my daughter (4) likes to go to the zoo, but note they are seasonal so check websight first.
The facilities are outdated and not green or accessible. There should be a recycling container at EVERY trash can. Also, the restroom I used was out of soap and the hand dryer thing was out of order. I was extremely disappointed that things were not very handicapped accessible. I had a baby in a stroller and it was not easy to get around at all. Half of the door openers didn't work when I pushed them and some of them didn't even have the covers still attached. Also, the paths and walkways weren't all smooth for wheelchairs and/or strollers. I would HATE to be in a wheelchair and live in the Tulsa area because you can't do anything. The cave exhibit is not accessible at all, and neither are the viewing ramps at the seal exhibit. I got the feeling that disabled people must somehow seem to be less important customers to you because they don't get to see half of the things you have to offer. I will never come back to the Tulsa Zoo.
I love going to zoos, so what ever city I'm in I usually stop by the zoo. This one was okay but I've seen better. The paths really don't match up and it's hard to know if you miss animals. But hey if you've nothing else to do I'd go.
I went to this zoo with my family with high hopes becasue they had the 2 female elephants from the Oklahoma City Zoo and my daughter so loves the elephants. When we got there, we were able to see all of the animals in about 20 minutes. There just weren't any to speak of. Yes living museum is right. There are more museum exhibits than anything. Don't get me wrong, the animal habitats are great, well thought out, and spacious for the most part. However, they only have a fifth of the animals that OKC has even with half of it under construction. This zoo just doesn't compare to OKC when it comes to the variety of animals. I am glad that I didn't take my kids 120 miles just for this zoo. I loved the Oklahoma Aquarium, well worth the money. The Tulsa Zoo, don't go to Tulsa for just the zoo if you live more than 30 minutes away, you will be disappointed if you think you are going for a zoo. The other thing I had a real problem with was the train. The train engineer didn't hesitate at the crossings to make sure no one was in the way, he didn't really explain anything about the zoo, and I have never been on a train like that going so fast before. It was a waste of time and money. There was even one time where the train had passed the signal gates even before they closed. All in all, if you want a nice place to have a picnic that has a few animals and a little museum feel, this is the place, other than that, save your money for a free day.
I have been to several zoos and depending on the time of day is when and where the animals will be. tulsa zoo closes at 5 even in the winter the rainforest mey close at 4. if you get a chance go to the website and email them they are a personable crew.
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