TULSA, OK, June 2, 2011 – Tulsa Zoo celebrates the 21st year of its inimitable fundraiser, WALTZ on the Wild Side June 17, 2011. Though in its 21st year this is the first WALTZ for Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc., the non-profit now managing the zoo after the formation of a new public-private partnership with the City of Tulsa. This year’s WALTZ marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the Tulsa Zoo as well as highlighting the importance of community support for the zoo’s future.


Over 20 years, millions of dollars raised and 14 exhibits later, it’s a time to celebrate the successes and contributions that have made this zoo great, and at the same time to undertake new projects with ferocity.  Generous funds raised from these exceptional evenings have provided the Tulsa Zoo with amazing exhibits, such as Chimpanzee Connection, Elephant Demonstration Yard and, of course, the South African Penguin Exhibit.  The 21st annual  WALTZ will kick off fundraising for the next big project at the Tulsa Zoo - a new  naturalistic Asian Cat Exhibit, featuring the zoo’s  beautiful Snow Leopards and Malayan Tigers. 

Capture the moment, celebrate the past and usher in the future at the 2011 WALTZ on the Wild Side Friday, June 17, 2011 7:00 PM to Midnight. Individual tickets starting at $125 Tulsa Zoo Friend Members, $150 for not-yet-members, with sponsorships starting at $1,000. Tickets are available online this year, so visit www.tulsazoo.org or call 918-669-6608 and reserve your place in Tulsa Zoo history.

WALTZ 2011 would not be possible without our kind sponsors,  Senior Star Living, Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Co., Bank of Oklahoma, N.A., Helmerich & Payne, Capital Advisors Inc./ Keith Goddard & Monty Butts, Ram Energy Resources, Inc. and Larry & Marilyn Lee, ONEOK, Inc., Julie and Sanjay Meshri, The Smith Family, FlintCo/Tulsa Community Foundation, David and Tracy Kyle, Radiology Consultants of Tulsa, Apache Corporation, Ed and Kathy Leinbach, Samson, Frederic Dorwart Lawyers, Merrill Lynch, Oxley Foundation, The Bailey Family, Waters Charitable Foundation, Kim and Nancy Hauger, Cox Communications, The Zinke Family, Carolyn Morris, Melanie and Lex Anderson, Judy Lawson, Tamra and David Sheehan, Arvest Bank, F&M Bank and Trust, Floyd and Adeline Miller, Rhonda and Carl Vincent, Stinnett and Associates, Williams, Cuesta Foundation, Crafton Tull, Steve and Ruthie Duenner, Carol and Joe McGraw, The Robert S. and Helen Grey Trippet Foundation, GableGotwals, P & K Equipment, Inc., Jim Norton Toyota, The Hille Foundation, Paul and Paula Moore, Jim and Ann McKellar, W.A. and Arlynna DeVore, Tulsa World, BancFirst, Part Time Pros, American Fidelity Foundation, PSA Dewberry, Stanfield and O'Dell, Anchor Stone Company, Julie and John Nickel, Shirley and Charlie Hawkins, and a special thanks to Robert and Jill Thomas, William and Susan Thomas, Jane and Monty Butts, Gayle and Frank Eby, The Lobeck-Taylor Foundation, The Mary K. Chapman Foundation, The George Kaiser Family Foundation, Proserv Business Products, Jarboe Sales Co., Williams and Williams, Omni Lighting, Mary Stewart, Southwood Landscape and Nursery, Candid Color Photography, Smart Photo Booth, Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Anhueser Busch Sales of Oklahoma, and Tulsa People Magazine.



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About the Tulsa Zoo:

The Tulsa Zoo, voted “America’s Favorite Zoo,” is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). The Tulsa Zoo is located in Mohawk Park on 36th Street North, just east of Sheridan. The zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission is $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors age 65 and older and $4.00 for children age 3-11; children 2 and under and Zoo Friends members are free. For more info call (918) 669-6600 or www.tulsazoo.org.


Angela “Twinkle Toes” Evans   |   Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc.

Marketing & Public Relations Director

6421 East 36th Street North

Tulsa, OK 74115

918.669.6612 - Office

918.606.3542 - Cell