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Zoo Detective Series: 34 Years of Haunt the Zoo

What better time to play zoo detective than at Halloween?  Although I didn’t sport my Sherlock Holmes hat, I did pull out my magnifying glass. After looking through documents and photos, clues about Haunt the Zoo’s beginnings in 1983 have fallen into place….  A Spooky Beginning Haunt the Zoo didn’t start off as a kid-friendly event, it started as a haunted house. If you could pick one Zoo building that would make a perfectly, creepy haunted house,... Read More
at Thursday, October 26, 2017
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Zoo Detective Series: The “Boys” Who Built the Zoo

You’re a nature-lover, right? Then maybe you have camped on the Native American ground that shares a connection to the Oklahoma City Zoo. It’s the Osage Hills State Park, near Bartlesville, Oklahoma. How are the zoo and the park related, you ask? It’s a story that goes back 85 years, like this… The 1930s Backstory : During the Great Depression, the men of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) lived and worked on Zoo property from 1933-1937. The government paid... Read More
at Monday, October 2, 2017
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Zoo Treasure Hunt Series: Your Journey Begins

I confess a love for the “National Treasure” movies.  Finding clues, digging through history, solving mysteries. Such adventures capture my mind, taking me back to my childhood when I delighted in reading Nancy Drew mystery novels.  So, how cool is it that I now solve mysteries and hunt for treasures—at the Zoo?! Because of my job, I’ve discovered obscured plaques and missing memorabilia. I’ve traced missing artifacts, pieced together history and... Read More
at Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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ZooZeum Added to the U.S. Registry of Historic Places

“You’re glowing today!” That’s what my co-worker said when I arrived at work on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017. I didn’t know it showed, but it  was  a proud day for me. The day represented the culmination of 12 years of hard work--rescuing lost Zoo history, saving an important building from destruction, reminding folks that the Zoo is in the recreational memory-bank of nearly everyone in this state for 115 years! Landing the Zoo’s bathhouse on the... Read More
at Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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