Guests visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden can now charge their vehicles at no cost at one of three charging stations located along the northwest side of the recently renovated parking lot. These spaces are reserved for Zoo guests driving electric or e-assist vehicles and are located just a few steps away from the main entrance.
In addition to the charging stations, the recently renovated parking lot features highly efficient LED lighting and native, drought-resistant landscaping. OGE Energy Company provided support for the project, including the charging stations.
"While the Oklahoma City Zoo is primarily associated with protecting endangered species, our commitment to conservation extends beyond animals,” said Rebecca Snyder, curator of conservation and science. “One thing everyday conservationists can do to reduce their environmental footprint is to choose an electric or e-assist vehicle. We’re glad to provide a convenient, free way for guests to charge their vehicles while they experience and enjoy the Zoo.”
The OKC Zoo is dedicated to the preservation of the Earth's natural resources through conservation, education, awareness and scientific research. To fulfill this goal, the Zoo aids in numerous local, national and international conservation projects. The Zoo cares for 54 endangered or threatened species, and participates in 45 Species Survival Plans administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which ensure the survivability of species globally. ZOOfriends, a nonprofit organization supporting the OKC Zoo, is covering the cost of the electricity distributed at the new charging stations.