Monday, July 1, 2019
OKC Zoo animal caretaker and giraffe superfan Jesse Knoll recapped this year's World Giraffe Day festivities...
The Oklahoma City Zoo celebrated World Giraffe Day on Friday, June 21, 2019. This global event, sponsored locally by Bob Moore Subaru, celebrates giraffes and helps bring awareness to the challenges giraffes are facing in the wild. I had the pleasure of working the activity booth for the event, offering several activities that the guests could participate in. One...
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is home to three larger-than-life giraffes: Ellie, Julu and Dimetri. Guests can participate in daily giraffe feedings at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (weather-permitting).
The matriarch of the Zoo’s giraffe herd, Ellie, 18, has a unique heart-shared pattern on her coat. She arrived at the Zoo in 2008 from her birthplace in Birmingham. Ellie is extremely food-motivated, loves to strip the browse leaves off branches and...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is happy to announce the arrival of a new addition to its animal family: Demetri, a 21-month-old male giraffe. Demetri arrived in November from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Glen Rose, Texas. He has spent the last few weeks acclimating to his new environment and becoming familiar with the rest of the giraffe herd: Ellie, 18, and Julu, 3. Zoo guests can generally find Demetri in the giraffe habitat’s outdoor area weather dependent when...
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Friday, August 31, 2018
Ketara, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s 20-month-old male giraffe, is getting ready to move to his new zoo home at Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska where he will be part of a new herd. The OKC Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative, long-term management program designed to maintain genetically viable and geographically stable populations of specific species. Ketara’s care team reports that, as he is...
at Friday, August 31, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has slate of activities and events on-tap for World Giraffe Day on Thursday, June 21. World Giraffe Day, presented by Bob Moore Subaru , is a worldwide celebration initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to generate support, raise awareness and bring attention to the challenges giraffes face in the wild.
On June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Zoo guests will have an opportunity participate in event activities that focus on giraffe and...
at Friday, June 15, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Female Rothschild’s giraffe Noel, 29, died at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden on Friday, March 2 at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Noel was placed on end-of-life care monitoring beginning in mid-2017 due to severe arthritis and age-related deterioration in her front feet (hooves). On Thursday, March 1, caretakers noticed swelling in the joints of her right, front foot and changes to the hoof indicating her condition had deteriorated and was causing her pain. Zoo...
at Saturday, March 3, 2018
Thursday, August 3, 2017
In the past nine months, several milestones have come and went for our youngest giraffe, Ketara! His caretakers has watched him grow from 6-feet tall and around 150 pounds, to over 7-feet tall and nearly 550 pounds!
Whether he’s running and playing with his big sister, Julu, or learning how to socialize with our older giraffes and ostrich, Sadie, every moment with Ketara has brought our team joy and pride. Most recently, Ketara has begun to eat solid food! This particular...
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
In addition to seeing thousands of amazing animals from around the world at the Oklahoma City Zoo, guests also have the chance to feed some of them – including our giraffes!
Giraffes are what we call browsers; that means they eat leaves, bark, and green stems from plants. They spend up to 75 percent of their day browsing! Right by the giraffe exhibit we have a feeding platform where guests have the opportunity to meet our giraffes and feed them browse, the...
at Tuesday, October 4, 2016