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Notes from the Field: Katie Van Singel Recounts Rhino Conservation Journey to Indonesia

Katie Van Singel, OKC Zoo pachyderm caretaker, recently returned from a conservation journey to Indonesia. These are her notes from the field: I am a primary caretaker for the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden's three Indian rhinos Arun, Niki, and Shanti. I never imagined that I would get the chance to go and see native habitat for any of the five rhino species in the world, but this July, my coworker Amy Mathews and I went on the trip of a lifetime. Amy and I... Read More
at Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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Sanctuary Asia Preview: Indian Rhinos

Sanctuary Asia, opening soon at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, will create a vast, multipurpose environment where endangered animals from the Asian continent can thrive while receiving world-class animal care. Prior to the opening, we will periodically preview a species coming to the new habitat. We previously featured the  langurs ,  cassowaries ,  tanuki  (raccoon dogs) and Komodo dragons , now it's time to profile the Indian rhinoceros, also known... Read More
at Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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Endangered Species Day at the OKC Zoo Spotlights Critical Conservation Issues

At the Oklahoma City Zoo this Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., learn how you can join the fight to save species from extinction. The easiest way to aid in saving species is by becoming mindful of the challenges animals face in the wild. Through awareness days, such as Endangered Species Day, the OKC Zoo highlights species that need our help. Guests can participate in hands-on activities, chat with caretakers and educators, and leave knowing that they can make a... Read More
at Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Rupert’s Romp to Indiana’s Mesker Park Zoo

Rupert is the youngest of the Zoo’s three Greater One-Horned rhinos, also known as the Indian Rhino. As the curator of pachyderms, I had the great privilege of being one of few humans to witness a live rhino birth, Rupert’s birth. Rupert was born on exhibit on June 21, 2014. His mom, Niki, had been on birth watch for almost 15 months - one month longer than the average 14-month gestation period.   The entire pachyderm animal care staff was monitoring Niki’s behavior... Read More
at Monday, November 20, 2017
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