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African Painted Dog Conservation Event a Success

Thanks to Fassler Hall and to the generosity of Oklahoma City Zoo fans, the Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT) raised $1,000 for African painted dog conservation! Dr. Greg Rasmussen, director of the PDRT, was on-hand for "PAWS for a Cause" at Fassler Hall in Oklahoma City on Thursday, March 28. Fassler donated 20% of sales to PDRT from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This generated $1,000 for the conservation organization. Since 2016, the Oklahoma City Zoo has partnered with the... Read More
at Thursday, April 4, 2019
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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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World Elephant Day

Every day is a great day to come to the Zoo, but this Saturday, August 12, Zoo guests have a BIG reason to join in on the fun – it’s World Elephant Day! As someone who has the honor of caring for elephants every day, this event is particularly exciting. World Elephant Day is our team's day to share the passion we have for the care and conservation of the world’s largest-living land mammals.  The... Read More
at Friday, August 11, 2017
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Strike Out Rhino Extinction with AAZK and the Zoo

Pin, grey, alley, strike, horn—what do these words have in common? BOWLING FOR RHINOS! Zoos have been saving rhinos through an annual campaign called Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) for almost 30 years. The OKC Zoo Chapter of the Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) has been raising money for rhino conservation since 1990, funding over $300,000 towards the preservation of rhino species in Africa and Asia. But why do these species need saving? The decline in rhino populations can be linked to two... Read More
at Monday, July 17, 2017
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Zoo Supports Organization that Protects Only Thriving Ape Species

Founded on the ground-breaking research of one woman in 1967, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) celebrates its 50 th anniversary this year. Dian Fossey gained worldwide recognition for her work to protect and study mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Africa, before her untimely death. Her book, “Gorillas in the Mist,” published in 1983 gives an account of her years in the rainforest with the mountain gorillas and underscores the need for concerted conservation efforts. A... Read More
at Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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Birth of Endangered Kitten Brings "Ocelot" of Fun

New Endearing Ocelot Kitten also an Endangered Species This adorable, new ocelot kitten was born at the Zoo on December 27, 2016. Its birth was a “purr”fect start to a new year at the Zoo and a roaring addition to its species, namely because less than 100 ocelots exist in the wild, including some that have been spotted in south Texas. The Zoo keepers named the male kitten Ignacio (Igg-NAH-see-o), born to 12-year-old mom Pinga and 12-year-old dad Pitu. This birth celebrates... Read More
at Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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A Big Project in Search of Some Little Frogs

The following travel diary entries were written by Josh Lucas, one of the Zoo’s amphibian and reptile caretakers. On behalf of the Zoo, he traveled more than 2,800 miles to work with one of its conservation partner organizations, Jatun Sacha, in Ecuador. Read and be transported to the depths of the wet and wild rainforest where much is still undiscovered and unearthed.  Entry: 1/5/2017  Hello! I’m currently writing to you from the center of the world! I’m... Read More
at Saturday, January 21, 2017
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Zoo Pledges to Benefit Local Lands and Waters

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Oklahoma City Zoo recently formed a legacy conservation partnership to support scientific research conducted at TNC preserves in Oklahoma. The Zoo established a science and research fund with TNC that the Zoo will contribute to annually over the next five years. Funds for the partnership are primarily generated from the Oklahoma Zoological Society and the sale of ZOOfriends’ memberships.  “Oklahoma is a beautiful, unique state that is... Read More
at Thursday, January 19, 2017
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