Local Conservation Partnerships
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is dedicated to the preservation of the Earth's natural resources through conservation, education, awareness and scientific research. To fulfill this goal, the Zoo supports local and global conservation projects. These are the Zoo’s current local conservation partnerships:
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife (ODWC) Partnership
The Zoo provides financial support and people power for ODWC projects. Zoo staff assist with annual surveys to monitor winter bird, bat, and lesser prairie chicken populations in Oklahoma. This partnership allows ODWC staff to survey larger areas than they could monitor without the help of Zoo staff. It also gives Zoo staff a great opportunity to have hands-on experience with the projects and to enjoy seeing native wildlife in many parts of the state. The Zoo is also proud to provide office space for some of the ODWC staff.
Zoo staff assisting with a survey of winter
birds in February 2016. Photo courtesy of Jena Donnell.
Texas Horned Lizard Project
The Zoo partners with Tinker Air Force Base
and Southern Illinois University to study Texas horned lizards. The Zoo
provides people power for this partnership. Zoo Staff use radio telemetry to
locate the lizards and collect data for several studies, including translocation
evaluation, habitat usage, and the effects of prairie restoration.