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OKC Zoo Recognizes Animal Fathers (Plus One Father-To-Be)

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is home to 1,186 animals, all of whom have a father. While it would be nearly impossible to profile each individual dad, in honor of Father’s Day, allow us to introduce a few of the Zoo’s best known and most prodigious parents.    Photo: Andrea Johnson Togo, Western Lowland Gorilla Togo, a 29-year-old silverback Western lowland gorilla, has fathered three offspring, including Ruby and Azinza, who remain at the OKC... Read More
at Friday, June 15, 2018
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OKC Zoo Trumpeter Swan Released in the Wild as Part of Population Restoration Efforts

When Kevin Drees, director of animal collections, joined the Oklahoma City Zoo last year, he didn’t just relocate his wife and children to the Sooner state, he also brought a family of trumpeter swans. The bonded pair, Sam and Olivia, and their unnamed male cygnet, hatched in June 2017, were his families’ personal swans who had long-inhabited a lake on their property. On Thursday, May 10, 2018, the male cygnet, just shy of his first birthday, was released into the wild as part of... Read More
at Friday, May 11, 2018
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Sanctuary Asia Preview - Komodo Dragons

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), now it's time to profile the Komodo dragons! The Island Life habitat at the Oklahoma... Read More
at Friday, April 27, 2018
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The Long Adventure of OKC Zoo's Galapagos Tortoises

Can you imagine what it would be like to live to be 100 years old? Crazy, right? What about 175 or even 250 years? Think about how much the world changes in a century or two, the things one would witness and potentially experience are astounding! It’s both wild and inspiring to think about but we have a group of animals right here at the Oklahoma City Zoo who might live over 200 years. I’m talking about the Galapagos tortoises! Galapagos tortoises are some of the longest living... Read More
at Friday, March 30, 2018
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Sanctuary Asia Preview: Meet the Langurs

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 new species or feature coming to the habitat. We previously profiled the cassowary and tanuki (raccoon dogs), now it's time to meet the Francois' langur, also known as the Tonkin leaf monkey. The Zoo... Read More
at Monday, March 26, 2018
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Extinct in the Wild, Pere David’s Deer Continue to Thrive at the OKC Zoo

On a five-acre habitat covered by native grasses and historical post oak trees, Oklahoma City Zoo guests exploring the park’s northwest corner will find three Pere David’s deer: Daphne, 16, Kate, 5, and Pippa, 5. They spend their days soaking up the sun and chowing down on wild grasses, leaves of bushes, and reeds. Of the 1184 species at the Zoo, Pere David’s is the only one with the disheartening distinction of being labelled “Extinct in the Wild” by the ... Read More
at Friday, March 23, 2018
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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES DEATH OF GIRAFFE, NOEL

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... Read More
at Saturday, March 3, 2018
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New Herpetarium Exhibits Promise Tropical Temps

New Digs and New Faces: Winter News from the Reptile and Amphibian Department While this time of year may have you reluctant to visit the zoo because of the colder weather, the warm and toasty environments of the Herpetarium, Island life, and Big Rivers buildings will encourage you to learn about and observe all of our cold-blooded and unique animal residents within. You’ve probably seen many changes to both our Herpetarium building and our animal collection over the past few months.... Read More
at Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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