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Take a Shopping Safari at the OKC Zoo this Holiday Season

At a dead end for holiday gift ideas? Every year we all run into the same obstacle around the holidays. Thinking of gifts for everyone we love that are meaningful yet practical. Even though Dad loves his new slippers and Mom enjoys her spa gift card, surprise the family with something new this year. We’ve put together our Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas that can be found right here at our Safari Gift Shop at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Elevated Candles Scented treasures made in... Read More
at Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Vacation with the Monarch Butterflies in Mexico

Vacation with Monarch Butterflies in Mexico! Escape the chill for a 5-day/4-night deluxe excursion to Central Mexico from February 7 – 11, 2019 where you’ll witness millions of monarch butterflies at three of Mexico’s largest butterfly Sanctuaries!  Join members of the OKC Zoo conservation staff for a relaxing, inspiring and educational vacation that will forever change the way you see butterflies! The monarch butterfly makes an amazing annual migration... Read More
at Monday, December 3, 2018

Notes from the Field: Josh Lucas Reports on Madagascar Tortoise Conservation Efforts

  I have some exciting updates to share related to ongoing rescue efforts after the radiated tortoise crisis  in Madagascar. I have recently taken on the role of Reintroduction Project Manager within the Turtle Survival Alliance  (TSA), with the purpose of getting thousands of critically endangered tortoises back into the wild. My most recent three-week trip provided the opportunity to do some initial ground surveying of tortoise habitat, check-in on the... Read More
at Wednesday, November 28, 2018

2018 OKC Zoo Holiday Gift Guide

Go WILD this holiday season and surprise the wildlife lover in your life with an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind gift from the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. From Wild Encounters to opportunities to create incredible holiday memories and support wildlife conservation, the Zoo offers unexpected, transformative experiences at price levels for everyone. ANIMAL ADOPTIONS – Special Pygmy Hippo Deluxe Package Includes 65 th Anniversary T-Shirt Share your love of wildlife with... Read More
at Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fin Update - Gorilla Hitting Developmental Milestones; Undergoes Successful Procedure

Finyezi (Fin), the five-month-old gorilla born at the OKC Zoo, is in good condition after a successful hernia repair operation on Wednesday, November 14, at the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. Fin is recovering in his habitat at Great EscApe but remains backstage, off public view. A hernia is an opening or tear in the body wall that isn’t supposed to be there. Hernias can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (usually due to trauma). The most common types of congenital hernias... Read More
at Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sanctuary Asia Animal Training Wall Dedicated in Memory of OKC Zoo Supporter

The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS) recently dedicated a new animal enrichment/training wall at Sanctuary Asia to the memory of longtime Oklahoma City Zoo fan Martha K. Denham. Though she passed away in 2015, her legacy continues to benefit the Zoo and the million plus guests who visit annually. More than $26,000 was raised for the project in Martha’s honor, with substantial contributions from Martha’s children: Matt Denham, Elizabeth Laurent and Ann White.  Martha K.... Read More
at Friday, November 16, 2018

Orangutan Caring Week Spotlight - Meet Toba

November 11 through 17 is International  Orangutan Caring Week  (OCW). OCW’s mission is to build a "critical mass of concerned voices" each November to focus attention on the species through individual efforts. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services.... Read More
at Thursday, November 15, 2018

Orangutan Caring Week Spotlight - Meet Elok

November 11 through 17 is International Orangutan Caring Week (OCW). OCW’s mission is to build a "critical mass of concerned voices" each November to focus attention on the species through individual efforts. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. OCW wants to... Read More
at Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Brrr... Cold Weather on the Wild Side

Brrrrr-----It’s cold out there! This week saw the first snow of the winter season! For humans, this means holidays, sledding and cocoa. Winter for our animals is an exciting time as well! As their caretakers, it is our job to ensure our animals remain safe and comfortable during all conditions. Our varied Oklahoma City weather offers our animals the chance to experience a wide variety of temperatures and conditions. Cold weather and snow can... Read More
at Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Orangutan Caring Week Spotlight - Meet Negara

November 11 through 17 is International Orangutan Caring Week (OCW). OCW’s mission is to build a "critical mass of concerned voices" each November to focus attention on the species through individual efforts. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. OCW wants to... Read More
at Monday, November 12, 2018

Seasonal Hours Now in Effect at OKC Zoo

As the cooler fall and winter seasons arrive, the Oklahoma City Zoo announces modified hours of operation for some attractions and amenities. The Zoo remains open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed only for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22, and Christmas Day on Tuesday, December 25. Some offerings listed below may be unavailable if temperatures drop below an acceptable level for animals or if other inclement weather conditions develop. The Elephant Express tram begins operation at 10... Read More
at Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Answer the Call to Save Gorillas

Oklahoma City Zoo, conservation is in our nature. Is it in yours? The Zoo is looking to the community-at-large to help save gorillas by donating old or used cell phones to the Give for Gorillas Cell Phone Challenge. Schools, organizations, businesses or individuals are encouraged to collect as many cell phones and electronics as they can from now through November 30, in support of gorilla conservation. How can you help endangered gorillas? By participating in the Zoo's Give for... Read More
at Wednesday, November 7, 2018

OKC Zoo Announces Passing of Bison, Ginger

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is sad to report the passing of 17-year-old female American bison, Ginger on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Caretakers noted Ginger demonstrating a diminished appetite and lethargy over the past days. Veterinary teams administered hydrated fluids and other treatments that ultimately proved unsuccessful leading to the difficult but necessary decision to euthanize.  Ginger arrived at the OKC Zoo from Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas in... Read More
at Sunday, November 4, 2018

New at the OKC Zoo: Whooping Cranes

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is now home to two whooping cranes, one of the largest native bird species in the United States! With wingspans up to 7.5 feet, whooping cranes have extremely long legs and can stand up to 5 feet tall. The birds, McFuzz, a 25-year-old male, and Susan, a 30-year-old female, are located at the Oklahoma Trails habitat. Whooping cranes spend cooler months along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in regions of Texas, Louisiana and Florida. During the... Read More
at Thursday, October 25, 2018

Vet Tech Profile: Liz McCae

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week by celebrating our hard-working vet tech trio, including  Liz McCrae , profiled below.   Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions. First celebrated in... Read More
at Friday, October 19, 2018

Vet Tech Profile: Mark Romanoski

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week by celebrating our hard-working vet tech trio, including Mark Romanoski , profiled below.   Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions. First celebrated in... Read More
at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

OKC Zoo Marks 35 Years of Haunt the Zoo; Adds New 21+ Event to Halloween Celebration

With 27 treat stations, a decorated trail, “super” special sea lion presentations and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, Haunt the Zoo returns to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden for its 35 th year packed with Halloween fun for the whole family. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Haunt the Zoo takes place over the course of two weekends: Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 20-21 and Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. After a successful... Read More
at Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Vet Tech Profile: Stephanie Elliott

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week, October 14 through October 20, by profiling our hard-working vet tech trio, starting with Stephanie Elliott .  Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions. First... Read More
at Monday, October 15, 2018

Gone Fishin' - OKC Zoo Entry Plaza Now Home to Aquarium with Native Species

The Oklahoma City Zoo fish team is excited to announce that through a partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation  (ODWC), we now have more native fishes! Each year, the ODWC hosts the Wildlife Expo—a free event for everyone to learn more about Oklahoma’s native species. Many people would find it unbelievable, but their biologists created transportable aquariums so that they can bring live fish to the Expo. Our team had been planning on collecting... Read More
at Thursday, October 11, 2018

And baby makes seven.... OKC Zoo celebrates new addition to Asian elephant herd

After an almost two-year pregnancy, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is happy to announce the addition of a female calf to its Asian elephant herd. Kairavi, Sanskrit for moonlight, was born Tuesday, October 9, at 11:28 p.m., inside the OKC Zoo’s elephant habitat at Sanctuary Asia. Both mother, Asha, and newborn, Kairavi (Kai), are in good health and are now viewable to guests. Kai’s arrival brings the total number of Asian elephants at the Zoo to seven. Veterinary... Read More
at Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Camel Rides Return to the OKC Zoo for Limited Time

After three decades, camel rides are back at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden! Guests visiting the OKC Zoo through Sunday, November 4, can enjoy a camel ride with Mongo or Captain Al, the dromedary camels located in the pachyderm habitat. The $6 tickets to ride may be purchased on-site at the camel habitat. Rides will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends (weather permitting) and children under 6 must be accompanied... Read More
at Friday, October 5, 2018

Rewards for Your Gourds - Annual Pumpkin Drive Offers Free Admission with Pumpkin Donation

The Oklahoma City Zoo's annual Pumpkin Drive is back! Through Sunday, October 7, guests bringing a pumpkin larger than their heads to the Zoo will receive FREE same-day admission. The limit is one free admission per person. Donated pumpkins will be used to decorate Haunt the Zoo . Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, the state’s premier Halloween event returns for its 35 th  year in October 2018! Join us Saturday 10/20, Sunday 10/21, Saturday 10/27 and Sunday 10/28 during... Read More
at Monday, October 1, 2018

Monarch Madness Takes Flight at OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo is mad for monarch butterflies! Again this year, the OKC Zoo is hosting two family-friendly events, Monarch Madness 5K/Fun Run and Monarch Festival, in its effort to raise awareness about and funds for monarch butterfly conservation. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, the second annual Monarch Madness 5K/Fun Run on Saturday, October 6, will benefit local monarch butterfly conservation. Monarch butterflies are in peril as their population is estimated to have declined up to 80... Read More
at Monday, October 1, 2018

OKC Zoo's Josh Lucas Wins AZA Heroes Contest

It was announced at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) annual conference in Seattle that Josh Lucas, lead herpetology caretaker at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, was among the winners of the organization’s AZA Heroes contest. In 2019, a national multi-platform media campaign will share the mission and spirit of AZA through the stories of four heroes who go above and beyond in their work for education and conservation. From a field of 95 entries crowdsourced... Read More
at Wednesday, September 26, 2018

OKC Zoo Gorilla Undergoes First-Ever Robot-Assisted Surgery

On Sunday, August 26, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s veterinary team collaborated with human medical specialists to conduct a robot-assisted surgery on Emily, the OKC Zoo’s 33-year-old Western lowland gorilla, to repair an umbilical hernia. This is the first known robotic surgery performed on a Western lowland gorilla in human care. “Emily’s surgery was a success thanks to the team of specialists who gave their time and expertise to assist,” said... Read More
at Monday, September 24, 2018

Tag You're It! Help OKC Zoo Staff Tag Monarch Butterflies for Science

As part of the Oklahoma City Zoo's commitment to conserving monarch butterflies, the Zoo's education team will be hosting monarch butterfly tagging daily from September 24-October 6, from 1-3 p.m., weather permitting at the Zoo's butterfly garden!  There, guests will learn about monarch biology, the importance of tagging, the decrease in monarch populations, what the OKC Zoo is doing to help monarchs, what guests can do to conserve monarchs at home and much more.  ... Read More
at Friday, September 21, 2018

OKC Zoo Crew Batty for Conservation

This August, the OKC Zoo and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) teamed up to perform bat inventories in the Cimarron Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in northwest Oklahoma. ODWC conducts annual inventories to determine which bat species are using the area and to study population health. Bats are often viewed by humans as pests, but they actually provide a number of benefits known as ecosystem services to their habitats and people . Many types of bats consume insects, reducing... Read More
at Wednesday, September 19, 2018

OKC Zoo Birds Curator and Assistant Curator Named Species Survival Plan Coordinators

Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs were developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help oversee the husbandry and breeding management and, as a result, the sustainability of select animal species within AZA-member institutions, such as zoos. Many of these programs help enhance conservation efforts of these species in the wild as well. Currently, almost 500 SSP programs exist, each of which helps to manage the breeding of a select species and is overseen by the appropriate... Read More
at Monday, September 17, 2018

Yucatan box turtle hatchlings and endangered Mang Mountain pit viper join OKC Zoo animal family

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomes five new Yucatan box turtle hatchlings and a female Mang Mountain pit viper to the Herpetarium, the Zoo’s reptile and amphibian habitat. Only discovered in 1989, Mang Mountain pit vipers are incredibly rare, among the largest vipers in the world, and masters of disguise. The species’ brown and green coloring makes the perfect camouflage for moving around the forest; even their eyes are skillfully hidden almost to the point of being... Read More
at Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New at the Zoo: Critically Endangered Addra Gazelle

The Oklahoma City Zoo is pleased to welcome three male Addra gazelle to its animal family! Their names have special significance, relating to their individual personalities while paying tribute to the species’ native lands. Two-year-old Obi’s name is Yoruban for “heart” since he has a heart-shaped white patch of fur on his chest; one-year-old Takitti’s name means watermelon because gazelle will often eat melons to stay hydrated; and two-year-old Jabari’s name... Read More
at Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Too Gourd to be True: Excrement Produces Unexpected Produce

Everyone knows that bees (and other species) pollinate flowers. But what happens afterwards? New flowers spring up but the fruits of these pollinators hard labor can also be found in the shape of… well, fruits! These soft organs produced by some plant species usually encase seeds that need planting. It’s how these plants reproduce. But what purpose do these plants serve? Most fruits are meant to be eaten. The seeds often have protective layers that can withstand animal digestive... Read More
at Thursday, September 6, 2018

OKC Zoo’s male giraffe, Ketara, is ready for his new zoo home and herd!

Ketara, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s 20-month-old male giraffe, is getting ready to move to his new zoo home at Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska where he will be part of a new herd. The OKC Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative, long-term management program designed to maintain genetically viable and geographically stable populations of specific species. Ketara’s care team reports that, as he is... Read More
at Friday, August 31, 2018

OKC Zoo Caretakers Need Your VOTES to Help Win National "Heroes" Campaign

What does it mean to be an AZA Hero? The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Heroes video contest is an effort to motivate people to get involved with conservation, support AZA zoos and aquariums, and inspire future generations to enter related professions. In 2019, a national multi-platform media campaign will share the mission and spirit of AZA through the stories of four “heroes”. Crowdsourcing from member organizations, AZA received 95 submissions from... Read More
at Thursday, August 30, 2018

Hold the Straw, Please... OKC Zoo Staff Join Plastic-Free Challenge

We touch things made of plastic hundreds of times in our daily lives. Plastic is so common that most people think nothing of using a plastic item once, and then tossing it away. How many plastic bags, straws, lids, bottles, forks, cups have you used once and thrown away? The average American throws away 185 pounds of plastic a year. That’s half a pound of plastic a day from every one of us! Only 8 percent of the plastic used in the U.S. is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills or is... Read More
at Wednesday, August 29, 2018

MOLD-A-MATIC Update: Fan-Favorite Souvenirs Refreshed with New Animal Series

Guests can collect a new MOLD-A-MATIC series of souvenirs throughout the Oklahoma City Zoo! Originally appearing at the OKC Zoo in the early 1970s, MOLD-A-MATIC machines became a fan favorite for their ability to produce a miniature animal replica behind a plexi-glass window within 60 seconds. After several decades, the machines deteriorated from extreme weather exposure and from producing tens of thousands of souvenirs and were retired in 2010. Last February, the iconic MOLD-A-MATIC... Read More
at Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Meet Max, OKC Zoo's First Canine Animal Ambassador

Meet Max, the Zoo’s first ever canine animal ambassador! Max, a two-year-old terrier mix, was adopted from OKC Animal Welfare earlier this year and has been working closely with staff to help demonstrate how the Zoo works with and cares for animals. From chats to demonstrations, Zoo guests can view and interact with Max to better understand some ways the Zoo provides training, animal enrichment and welfare. "Max was a diamond in the rough. The OKC animal welfare shelter... Read More
at Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Round Up for Conservation Update

“Would you like to Round Up for Conservation?” Guests at the OKC Zoo have become accustomed to hearing that phrase when they purchase a ticket, an item at the gift shop or a meal at one of the Zoo’s food and beverage locations. But what does it mean and how does it help fulfill the Zoo’s mission to connect people and the world’s vanishing wildlife and wild places? Round Up for Conservation is a grassroots program created to allow Zoo guests to become... Read More
at Monday, August 13, 2018

Black Bear Sammy Passes Away

Sammy, one of the OKC Zoo’s beloved black bears, passed away Sunday, August 5. Sammy had been receiving treatments for arthritis since 2014 and cold laser treatment since his annual exam in March. Caretakers had been keeping a particularly watchful eye on him since Friday, when he was demonstrating signs of pain and weakness, such as having difficulty walking and not eating. Sammy seemed to improve Saturday, but was having significant difficulty getting up and walking on Sunday. Because... Read More
at Monday, August 6, 2018

Back to School? Plan a Visit to the OKC Zoo or Bring the OKC Zoo to You

With school districts across the state returning to class and teachers planning their curriculum and field trips for the upcoming school year, it’s a good time to review the many educational engagement opportunities the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens offers. Plan a Group Tour or Field Trip The OKC Zoo’s mission is to better connect Oklahomans with wildlife and wild places. Supporting educational activities is a critical part of fulfilling that mission.... Read More
at Thursday, August 2, 2018

Recycled Flip-Flop Artwork Supports Ocean Conservation

Guests visiting Safari Gifts in the Oklahoma City Zoo’s entry plaza may have noticed the bounty of “green” gifts available, including artwork from Ocean Sole. These psychedelic pieces are made entirely from recycled flip-flops that have washed ashore from the oceans and waterways in Kenya. These flip-flops create an environment disaster for marine life on the coast and in the ocean. Not only do these works of art serve as conversational centerpieces, but they... Read More
at Monday, July 30, 2018

OKC Zoo Developing Partial Hand-Rearing Technique with Newborn Flamingo Chick

Caretakers at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden are developing a new technique with a flamingo hatchling enabling it to benefit from group socialization and parent rearing. This new partial hand-rearing method will allow the young bird to become a better mate and parent in the future. The chick, hatched Friday, July 13, has not yet been named and sex has not yet been determined. During breeding season, staff closely monitor the birds’ nests and place resulting eggs in... Read More
at Friday, July 27, 2018

Sanctuary Asia Preview: Asian Elephants

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 Indian rhinos ,  langurs ,  cassowaries ,  tanuki  (raccoon dogs) and  Komodo dragons , now it's time to profile the Asian... Read More
at Thursday, July 26, 2018

Zookeeper Profile: Crystal Querry

During National Zookeeper Week, July 15 through 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is profiling a few of the hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for its animals. Meet Crystal Querry, senior animal technician - small mammals. What animals do you care for? I primarily care for pygmy hippo “Wolee”, golden lion tamarins, a sloth and the new langurs, among other Children’s Zoo animals. What motivated or inspired you to... Read More
at Saturday, July 21, 2018

Zookeeper Profile: Kasey Butler

During National Zookeeper Week, July 15 through 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is profiling a few of the hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for its animals. Meet Kasey Butler, aquatics caretaker. What animals do you care for? I care for fish, sharks and stingrays. What motivated or inspired you to become a zookeeper?  Coming to the Zoo as a child, I remember always having a desire to become a zookeeper. The desire never... Read More
at Friday, July 20, 2018

Zookeeper Profile: Courtney Tennison

During National Zookeeper Week, July 15 through 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is profiling a few of the hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for its animals. Meet Courtney Tennison, small mammals caretaker. What animals do you care for? In the small mammal department, we take care of a wide variety of animals. I get the privilege of caring for the Petting Barn animals (donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens) and the wallabies. ... Read More
at Thursday, July 19, 2018

Stay Cool This Summer at the OKC Zoo

Oklahomans know how intense Sooner State summers can be, and with temperatures expected to hit the dreaded triple digit territory this week, it’s a good time to explore how animals (and guests) stay cool at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Like people, animals are susceptible to heat-related ailments and the caretakers at the OKC Zoo offer a multitude of ways to help various species remain comfortable during hot weather. In addition to monitoring the animals in their care... Read More
at Thursday, July 19, 2018

Zookeeper Profile: Jackie Crawford

During National Zookeeper Week, July 15 through 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is profiling a few of the hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for its animals. Meet Jackie Crawford, bird caretaker. What animals do you care for?  I am in the bird department but the animals I directly care for Carribean or American flamingos, green-winged macaws, and blue & yellow macaws. What motivated or inspired you to become a... Read More
at Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Zookeeper Profile: Brian Whitsitt

During National Zookeeper Week, July 15 through 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is profiling a few of the hardworking, passionate and driven individuals who spend each day caring for its animals. First up is Brian Whitsitt, hoofstock animal caretaker.  What animals do you care for? I work in the hoofstock department which includes but not limited to the giraffe, okapi, bison, several deer species and zebra. What motivated or inspired you to become a... Read More
at Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Creature Culinary Creations

Upon entering the Animal Nutrition Center at the Oklahoma City Zoo, one is struck by the feeling of being in a banquet hall kitchen. The appliances are industrial sized, the preparation stations are gleaming stainless steel and the freezer is larger than most living rooms. The sounds of produce being chopped and trays shuffling is also evocative of something you would expect to hear in the kitchen of a large restaurant. But the Animal Nutrition Center, known internally as the commissary,... Read More
at Friday, July 13, 2018

Butterflies Tagged at OKC Zoo Discovered in Mexico

Two monarchs tagged at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden last fall were recovered in Mexico! One was a male tagged on Oct 2, 2017 and found on Feb 20, 2018 in El Rosario. The second, a female tagged on Oct 5, 2017, was found on Feb 10, 2018 in Sierra Chincua. The OKC Zoo Education and Horticulture teams dedicated many hours over a three week period last fall to tag 60 total monarchs. The total number of tag recoveries was 928. It’s amazing that two of those were from the OKC Zoo!... Read More
at Monday, July 9, 2018
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