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Sound the Trumpet: OKC Zoo Could Soon Be Home to New Swan

Sam and Olivia, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s trumpeter swan pair, could soon be parents again! OKC Zoo caretakers noted Olivia laid her clutch of four eggs by Tuesday, May 29 and has been dutifully incubating ever since. When the eggs were inspected to see if they demonstrated any signs of fertility, one of the four showed signs of viability. Since the incubation period for trumpeter swan eggs is about 34 days, staff should know by early July if a new trumpeter swan offspring, called a... Read More
at Friday, June 22, 2018
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OKC Zoo Saddened by Death of Premature Red Panda Cub

On Monday, June 18, at approximately 8 a.m., red panda Leela, 4, birthed a female cub at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s red panda habitat. The premature cub was delivered 8 to 10 days before full gestation and was underweight. Zoo veterinary staff measured the newborn’s weight at 67 grams compared to the typical red panda cub’s birthweight of 100 grams. Caretakers noted the cub’s passing on Tuesday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. A necropsy (animal autopsy) will be performed to... Read More
at Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Saving Turtles, Building a Friendship

Saving the world's vanishing wildlife and wild places is a monumental task no matter which way you look at it. As hard as we try, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens is not able to achieve this goal alone. Luckily we have amazing conservation legacy partners that we work with, both locally and globally, that help us fight for the species and habitats that are incapable of fighting for themselves. One of those partners is the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) which works to prevent... Read More
at Monday, June 18, 2018
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Stand Together for Giraffes on World Giraffe Day

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... Read More
at Friday, June 15, 2018
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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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Sanctuary Asia Preview: Indian Rhinos

Sanctuary Asia, opening this August 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) and Komodo dragons , now it's time to profile the Indian rhinoceros, also known... Read More
at Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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Summer Savings Adventure Sweepstakes Returns to the OKC Zoo

Go wild for education this summer! The Oklahoma City Zoo has partnered with the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan (OCSP) for the third annual Summer Savings Adventure Sweepstakes. One randomly-selected Oklahoma child will win $5,529 toward an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan account. To enter, visit www.ok4saving.org . The Summer Savings Adventure encourages families to take time this summer to plan how they will pay for college. The 2018 Summer Savings Adventure Sweepstakes... Read More
at Wednesday, June 6, 2018
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Step Inside: A First Look at the Renovated OKC Zoo Entry Plaza

The barricades are gone and the Entry Plaza at the Oklahoma City Zoo is once again open to guests after the completion of a two-month renovation project. Gone is the worn and cracked tile that became slippery when even the slightest bit wet. The new entry plaza flooring is a heavier, more durable ceramic paver stone, which, unlike the previous tile, is intended for all purpose weather.  In addition to the new ceramic paver stone, guests will notice planters on the east... Read More
at Monday, June 4, 2018
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OKC Zoo/Bob Moore Subaru Unveil ZOObarus

On Thursday, May 31, Bob Moore Subaru and the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden unveiled the new educational outreach program vehicle, known as a ZOObaru, which will bring the message of animal conservation to rural and underserved communities across Oklahoma. Previously known as ZooMobiles, the new ZOObarus are replacing 12-year-old vehicles with over 100,000 miles. Transported by ZOObaru, animal ambassadors are essential to building wildlife conservation... Read More
at Thursday, May 31, 2018
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Snow Leopard Update: Milenka Births Two Cubs, Neither Survives

On Sunday, May 27, at approximately 3 p.m., the Oklahoma City Zoo’s female snow leopard, Milenka, birthed two cubs in her Cat Forest habitat. One cub, a male, was stillborn; the other, a female, survived for slightly more than a day before succumbing to anomalies affecting her spine, leaving her unable to move her back legs. Milenka, 9, is in good health after the delivery. She came to the OKC Zoo in 2016 as part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan... Read More
at Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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Toba TLC: A Few Teeth Lighter, But on the Mend

UPDATE (6/6/18): While Toba continues to heal, caretakers report her recovery is progressing well. She is still somewhat picky about what foods she will eat, but is back in her outdoor habitat area part-time.   When OKC Zoo Great EscApe caretakers noticed Sumatran orangutan Toba, 50, was acting lethargic and not eating, they notified the veterinary team and quickly scheduled an exam. Due to Toba’s advanced age (the Association of Zoos and Aquariums reports the... Read More
at Friday, May 25, 2018
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Notes from the Field: OKC Zoo's Liz McCrae Documents Tortoise Rescue Efforts in Madagascar

      In April, over 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises were discovered by local police in a private residence in Madagascar. Nearly every room in the house was filled with tortoises without access to food or water. It is believed that the tortoises were collected for the illegal pet trade, likely for shipment to Asia where the tortoises’ highly-domed shell, featuring a brilliant star pattern, makes them incredibly valuable. The Turtle Survival... Read More
at Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Conservation Partner Update: Giant Armadillo Conservation Program

Conservation Action Round-Up Engagement (CARE) grants provide full-time Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden staff members the opportunity to identify and fund conservation projects that they believe are worthy of the Zoo’s support. One of the 2016 grantees was the  Giant Armadillo Conservation Program , receiving $5,000. The project established the first long-term ecological study of giant armadillos in the Pantanal wetland and is now expanding to other parts of Brazil. ... Read More
at Monday, May 21, 2018
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Endangered Species Day at the OKC Zoo Spotlights Critical Conservation Issues

At the Oklahoma City Zoo this Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., learn how you can join the fight to save species from extinction. The easiest way to aid in saving species is by becoming mindful of the challenges animals face in the wild. Through awareness days, such as Endangered Species Day, the OKC Zoo highlights species that need our help. Guests can participate in hands-on activities, chat with caretakers and educators, and leave knowing that they can make a... Read More
at Wednesday, May 16, 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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Renovated OKC Zoo Picnic Grounds Now Open for Summer Fun

When guests at the Oklahoma City Zoo round the corner at the flamingo habitat near Island Life, they arrive at the newly renovated picnic area alongside Zoo Lake. This spacious outdoor oasis with stunning lake views is suitable for guests of all ages and features space ideal for picnics, corporate gatherings, special occasions, weddings and events as well as groups of daily guests. The grounds feature two covered areas, the Roughneck and Wildcat Pavilions, that can accommodate... Read More
at Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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Have You HERD Asha's Big News?

You are never supposed to have a favorite animal, but I have to admit some of us do. For me, it’s Asha, the OKC Zoo’s 23-year-old female Asian elephant. She has a sweet temperament, eager to train and socialize with caretakers. She is also a wonderful mother to Achara, 3, and will soon be raising a new calf, due this fall after a 22-month gestation! Rex, 48, will yet again be a proud papa fathering his second calf since he arrived at the Zoo.   You may be asking... Read More
at Monday, May 7, 2018
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More Fun for More Kids: Jungle Gym Updates Focus on Accessibility

ZOOfriends, the OKC Zoo and the Junior League of Oklahoma City (JLOC) spent more than a year laying the groundwork for the renovation of the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Jungle Gym, undertaken in honor of JLOC's 90th anniversary. In 2004, the same organizations joined forces to create the 30,000 square foot playground. Much of the project's focus was on making the Jungle Gym more accessible, and this included the addition of an “Ability Whirl”, allowing children in wheelchairs... Read More
at Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Sanctuary Asia Preview - Komodo Dragons

Sanctuary Asia, opening this summer 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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Notes from the Field: OKC Zoo's Josh Lucas Documents Tortoise Rescue Efforts in Madagascar

On April 10, 2018, nearly 11,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises were discovered by local police in a private residence in Toliara, Madagascar. Almost every room in the house was filled with tortoises without access to food or water. It is believed that the tortoises were collected for the illegal pet trade, possibly for shipment to Asia where the tortoises’ highly-domed shell featuring a brilliant star pattern makes them highly prized. The Turtle Survivor Alliance (TSA) in... Read More
at Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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New at the OKC Zoo: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Now Active, Free to Guests

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... Read More
at Monday, April 23, 2018
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Is the Wild Calling You?

Are you inspired by nature and want to make impact on the environment while having fun? The Zoo welcomes volunteers to join our family in answering the ‘call of the wild’! Our newly redesigned volunteer programs have more opportunities, flexibility, and FUN than ever before.  In 2017, the Zoo benefited from more than 30,366 hours of service from dedicated volunteers. These volunteers inspired our guests to learn about wildlife, planted thousands of tulips, distributed more... Read More
at Thursday, April 19, 2018
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OKC Zoo Announces Results from April Food Drive

News 9 and the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fight childhood hunger by offering OKC Zoo guests half off admission from Friday, April 6, through Sunday, April 8. Despite an extreme cold front bringing frigid temperatures and high winds, the drive raised 539 pounds of non-perishable food items for the RFBO School Pantry Program. The program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them... Read More
at Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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Fishing for a Miracle

Endangered Fishing Cat Kitten Being Hand-Reared by Vet and Animal Care Teams On March 31, 2018, an endangered fishing cat kitten was born by caesarian delivery at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital, after his mom, Miri, surpassed her expected due date. This is the first successful cesarean delivery of a fishing cat among Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) member zoos in North America. The gestation period for fishing cats ranges between 63 and 70... Read More
at Monday, April 16, 2018
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New to the OKC Zoo: Coati BB-8 & Lando Bring 'The Force' to Cat Forest

The OKC Zoo is proud to welcome white-nosed coatis BB-8 and Lando to its animal family! BB-8 and Lando were born at Idaho’s Zoo Boise on May 4, 2017. This date, May the fourth, marks an unofficial, grassroots Star Wars holiday due to its similarity to the film franchise’s often-used mantra “May the Force be with you”. This inspired Zoo Boise caretakers to name the coati brothers after characters from the iconic movies. The OKC Zoo is celebrating Star Wars... Read More
at Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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OKC Zoo Joins Global Effort to Save Giraffes

Giraffes are experiencing a “silent” extinction crisis. Until recently, they were considered common throughout much of their African range and their numbers were not being well-monitored. In the last five years, however, experts from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group compiled population data and discovered that the wild giraffe population has declined by 40 percent in the last 30 years. Habitat destruction and poaching... Read More
at Thursday, April 5, 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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Birthday Parties and Events at the OKC Zoo Moving Toward Zero Waste Goal

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has been a favorite birthday party destination for decades. With a variety of locations for gatherings throughout the OKC Zoo and options for groups of almost any size, it’s a wild place to celebrate with friends and family. And now, the goal is to make these celebrations zero waste events. Plates, cups and flatware at the Zoo’s birthday parties are now made completely of compostable materials. Eventually, these biodegradable materials... Read More
at Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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Sanctuary Asia Preview: Meet the Langurs

Sanctuary Asia, opening this summer 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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Mini-Mane Mystery Solved: Blood Test Results Provide Unexpected Answer

In February, the Curious Case of Bridget’s Mane at the Oklahoma City Zoo became a global sensation with news organizations including CNN, Fox News, National Geographic , The Washington Post and Newsweek providing coverage. Global media from Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom, India and Japan also shared Bridget’s story with their audiences. On social media, the Zoo was inundated with notes of well-wishes, questions about potential medical conditions and requests for... Read More
at Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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New OKC Zoo Map Makes Exploring Simpler, More Fun

Guests visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo this month have been greeted with a new Zoo map, simplifying the process of navigating the 120-acre complex. As one of the largest Zoos in the nation, it’s easy for guests to lose their way at the OKC Zoo! With many guests being school students, Zoo staff wanted to re-work the map to be fun and easy to use. The updated map was designed by OKC agency Robot House Creative and reimagined to help guests of all ages better connect with wildlife within... Read More
at Monday, March 19, 2018
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Brown Gold: Introducing Zoo Poo Compost

Just over a year ago, Horticultural Curator Lance Swearengin looked up at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s ever-growing mountain of organic plant and animal waste and began formulating a plan. He realized this increasingly hard to manage 15-year-old compost heap wasn’t a burden, but an opportunity in disguise... there was (brown) gold in that hill. Swearengin reached out to Oklahoma City-based landscaping company Minick Materials and presented a plan that would utilize their... Read More
at Monday, March 12, 2018
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OKC Zoo Curator to Lead First Monarch Meetup

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens is partnering with Okies for Monarchs to present Monarch Meetup , a community education event, on Tuesday, March 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hideaway Pizza in Norman . Dr. Rebecca Snyder, OKC Zoo Curator and Oklahoma Monarch & Pollinator Collaborative member, will provide information about the critical role pollinators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems and explain how all Oklahomans can join the statewide effort to increase habitat for... Read More
at Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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Read Across Oklahoma 2018 Features Author Hannah Harrison

Read Across Oklahoma returns to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden on Tuesday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with author/illustrator Hannah Harrison as this year’s special guest. Hundreds of children from across Oklahoma will gather to celebrate literacy and hear Harrison read from her 2015 book, “ Bernice Gets Carried Away ”. The book chronicles a day in the life of Bernice, a cat, upset after a series of negative experiences, finding inspiration in comforting her... Read More
at Monday, March 5, 2018
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OKC ZOO JUNGLE GYM RENOVATION PROJECT

UPDATE (April 5, 2018): Thanks to your generosity, all volunteer shifts have been filled! We are so grateful for your continued support!   Join Junior League of Oklahoma City , ZOOfriends and the OKC Zoo as they embark on an expansion and renovation of the Jungle Gym at the Zoo, April 12 – 15, 2018. Volunteers and material support are needed to help update and refresh the playground, as well expand its footprint to add a few new features and components. Families, friends,... Read More
at Monday, March 5, 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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OKC Zoo Team Reports on Kenya Conservation Journey, Part 2

Amy Hofmeister, elephant caretaker, and Gretchen Cole, veterinarian, spent two weeks in Kenya assisting the Grevy’s Zebra Trust census of endangered Grevy’s zebras. The Trust received a grant from the OKC Zoo’s Round Up for Conservation fund to support their program that employs members of local communities to monitor and collect data on the zebras year-round. In this second and final part of a blog series, Dr. Gretchen Cole shares her experience from Kenya. Kenya has... Read More
at Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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OKC Zoo Team Reports on Kenya Conservation Journey, Part 1

Amy Hofmeister, elephant caretaker, and Gretchen Cole, veterinarian, spent two weeks in Kenya assisting the Grevy’s Zebra Trust  census of endangered Grevy’s zebras. The Trust received a grant from the OKC Zoo’s Round Up for Conservation fund to support their program that employs members of local communities to monitor and collect data on the zebras year-round. In part one of a two-part blog series, Amy Hofmeister shares her experience from Kenya. Citizen Science... Read More
at Monday, February 26, 2018
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OKC Zoo Welcomes Two Red Pandas

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the addition of red pandas, Thomas, 4, and Leela, 3, to its animal family. They join Jaya, a 10-year-old female who has been at the OKC Zoo since 2011. Jaya’s offspring Wasabi, a female born in 2016 , is relocating to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) recommendation to help promote genetic diversity through species management. Wasabi was the fifteenth red panda cub born... Read More
at Friday, February 23, 2018
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The Curious Case of Bridget's Mane

Oklahoma City Zoo veterinary caretakers are working to solve a very curious case; Bridget, the Zoo’s 18-year-old African lioness, has suddenly sprouted a mini-mane. In males, manes develop at about one-year-old and are a product of increased production of the hormone testosterone. The OKC Zoo’s male lion, Hubert, 6, has a robust, dark mane while Tia, Bridget’s 18-year-old sister, remains mane-less. Bridget’s mane growth occurred between March and November 2017.... Read More
at Monday, February 19, 2018
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Sanctuary Asia Preview: Meet the Tanuki

Sanctuary Asia, opening this summer 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 , now it's time to meet the tanuki (also known as raccoon dogs). In the wild, the native range of the tanuki extends from... Read More
at Friday, February 16, 2018
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Hip, Hippo, Hooray!

In honor of National Hippo Day, the Oklahoma City Zoo celebrates its pygmy hippos: Francesca (Franny) and Wolee. Francesca turned 26 in December, which coincided with her move to the Zoo . She is settling in nicely at her new habitat and started exploring outside on warmer days. She and Wolee alternate going out in the hippo habitat on nice days. Francesca is very curious, enjoys enrichment activities and spending time with her caretakers. She will immediately get up and come to the door to... Read More
at Thursday, February 15, 2018
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Leader of the Pack: OKC Zoo African Painted Dog Research Unlocks Species Secrets

Endangered African painted dogs , like those at the Oklahoma City Zoo , live in dynamic family groups and have a population of only about 1,400 mature individuals in the wild. That’s why establishing a large breeding population is an important safeguard against extinction. Painted dog breeding and population management is coordinated through the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan (SSP) . The SSP moves animals among zoos regularly to maintain genetic... Read More
at Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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Conservation Partner Update: Snow Leopard Trust

Conservation Action Round-Up Engagement (CARE) grants provide full-time Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden staff members the opportunity to identify and fund conservation projects that they believe are worthy of the Zoo’s support. One of the 2017 grantees was the Snow Leopard Trust , a Seattle-based organization dedicated to protecting the species “through community-based conservation projects that are based on an improved scientific understanding of snow leopard behavior,... Read More
at Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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OKC Zoo Team Reports on Zimbabwe Conservation Journey, Part 2

Starting in 2017, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden partnered with the Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT) to support their conservation mission. The PDRT director, Dr. Greg Rasmussen, has worked for almost two decades protecting and studying the African painted dog, an endangered species with fewer than 7,000 left in the wild. To further support the PDRT, the Zoo sent two employees on a conservation trip to Zimbabwe in November to participate in research and (attempt) to track and... Read More
at Friday, January 26, 2018
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OKC Zoo Team Reports on Zimbabwe Conservation Journey

Starting in 2017, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden partnered with the Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT) to support their conservation mission. The PDRT director, Dr. Greg Rasmussen, has worked for almost two decades protecting and studying the African painted dog, an endangered species with fewer than 7,000 left in the wild. To further support the PDRT, the Zoo sent two employees on a conservation trip to Zimbabwe in November to participate in research and (attempt) to track and... Read More
at Monday, January 22, 2018
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Where are the Zoo's bachelor gorillas?

UPDATE (4/9/18): Additional X-ray imagery from Friday, April 6 showed continued healing and improvement in Bo’s leg. Depending on the weather and day, Bo has been with one of the other “bachelor” gorillas, George or Bakari, in the Great EscApe outdoor habitat area. They rotate so each gets time outside throughout the week and to spend time with Bo. Caretakers report that Bo is also going out for longer periods of time and tolerating that well. The vet team released him... Read More
at Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Master Gardeners “Dig In” at OKC Zoo’s Botanical Garden

Public gardens like those at the Oklahoma City Zoo rely on a steady stream of volunteers to supplement regular garden staff and anyone from retired seniors interested in gardening to horticulture enthusiasts are invited to join the Zoo's botanic team any time of year. I recently visited the Oklahoma State University County Extension Office to speak with a local Master Gardener group regarding the Zoo's diverse volunteer opportunities, including the planting of... Read More
at Monday, January 15, 2018
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Don’t Wake Until Spring: Lessons from a Ladybug

Nature is life’s greatest teacher. Even inside the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s administrative offices, a traditional workspace with PCs, overhead fluorescent lighting and a pot of coffee always at the ready, learning nature’s lessons is unavoidable. Early in December, Sabrina Heise, social media content coordinator, noticed what appeared to be an abundance of lifeless ladybugs in her office. Her workspace is located at the corner of the admin building and... Read More
at Friday, January 12, 2018
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