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OKC Zoo offers free admission after power outage


OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma weather claimed another casualty; this time the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The wind and lightning that roared through Wednesday night leaving zoo employees scrambling and zoo patrons disappointed Thursday morning.

This had to be one of the toughest jobs in OKC, telling cars full anxious families their trip to the zoo was a bust.

Instead of busy ticket offices and open gates, everything was locked and shutdown.  

The problems all started Wednesday night with a power outage.

For those who had traveled from far and wide to enjoy one of the best zoos in the nation, it was a big disappointment.

OG&E crews worked frantically to get the park back up and running but it was no simple replacement job.

They were able to get the electricity back and opened the gates about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Admission is FREE Thursday only until 5 p.m.

No animals were harmed in the power outage.
The zoo has backup generators for animals with specific needs that absolutely require electricity.