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Celebrating Animal Health Care Staff: Kaitlin Eagle, Veterinary Assistant

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week, October 13 through October 19, by profiling our hard-working animal health care staff, including Kaitlin Eagle, Veterinary Assistant. How long have you worked at the Zoo? I started with the Zoo in January, but I’ve been working in the veterinary field since 2011 and in the zoo field since 2015. I started with Cincinnati Zoo’s Wild Encounters department in 2015 and then... Read More
at Thursday, October 17, 2019
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Meet the Okapi at the OKC Zoo

Lisbeth Pisias is a hoofstock caretaker at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. She works closely with the Zoo's okapi and has helped plan World Okapi Day.  The Zoo – which has cared for okapi since 1973 – is currently home to three females: Mali, 26, Caroli, 15 and Kayin, 3. Caroli is Kayin's mother! Each one has a distinct personality, but one thing they all have in common is they like a good ear rub. I will never forget the first time I saw an... Read More
at Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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Celebrating Animal Health Care Staff: Stephanie Elliot, Veterinary Technician

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week, October 13 through October 19, by profiling our hard-working animal health care staff, including Stephanie Elliot, Veterinary Technician . Stephanie, when Vet Tech Week arrived last year, you said seeing Kairavi (who just celebrated her first birthday) was your favorite memory. Has that changed this year? I’m not sure anything will ever top the birth of an elephant! What... Read More
at Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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Celebrating Animal Health Care Staff: Mark Romanoski, Veterinary Technician

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week, October 13 through October 19, by profiling our hard-working animal health care staff, including  Mark Romanoski, Veterinary Technician. Mark, when Vet Tech Week arrived last year, you had been at the Zoo for only four months, now that you have more than a full year of experience, what’s been the most surprising aspect of the job? I was very surprised at how exciting it... Read More
at Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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Celebrating Animal Health Care Staff: Liz McCrae, Vet Clinic Coordinator

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week, October 13 through October 19, by profiling our hard-working animal health care staff, starting with Liz McCrae, Vet Clinic Coordinator. Liz, congratulations on your recent promotion to veterinary clinic coordinator! Tell us a bit about your new role and how you are settling into it after three months?  My new role on the veterinary team is an exciting new endeavor and I am... Read More
at Monday, October 14, 2019
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Notes from the Field: Stephany Hernandez Recounts Guatemalan Conservation Journey

Stephany Hernandez, OKC Zoo herpetology caretaker, recently returned from a conservation journey to Guatemala. These are her notes from the field: Hi, I’m Stephany Hernandez, an animal caretaker for the herpetology department at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. My typical day starts with a visual health check of our reptiles. Depending on the day, we then might distribute salads or clean habitats. In the afternoon, we conduct a variety of husbandry tasks from bedding... Read More
at Thursday, October 10, 2019
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A Very 'Merry' Update: Vet Team Creates Innovative Flamingo Brace

You may remember Merry the American flamingo whose treatment story appeared on social media earlier this year. After Merry's caretakers observed that she wasn’t using her right leg, she was transported to the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. During her exam, the vet team noticed swelling in her leg, so she was prescribed 'stall rest'. In the meantime, she received regular therapeutic laser therapy on her leg to accelerate the healing process while under... Read More
at Thursday, October 3, 2019
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Date Night Returns with a Special Appearance by the Rick and Morty Rickmobile

You won’t need a Mr. Meeseeks to make the perfect Date Night a reality. After a successful introduction in June, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the return of Date Night on Monday, October 14, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  The Zoo will be open exclusively for adults 21-and-older to explore, enjoying the beautiful Oklahoma fall with a multitude of activity options, including a special appearance by the Rickmobile, making... Read More
at Friday, September 27, 2019
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Notes from the Field: Katie Van Singel Recounts Rhino Conservation Journey to Indonesia

Katie Van Singel, OKC Zoo pachyderm caretaker, recently returned from a conservation journey to Indonesia. These are her notes from the field: I am a primary caretaker for the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden's three Indian rhinos Arun, Niki, and Shanti. I never imagined that I would get the chance to go and see native habitat for any of the five rhino species in the world, but this July, my coworker Amy Mathews and I went on the trip of a lifetime. Amy and I... Read More
at Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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Bass the Scale-pel: Vets Heal Ill Gill

When a largemouth bass arrived at the Oklahoma City Zoo's earlier this year, caretakers noticed the fish had a small piece missing from its left operculum - a hard cover that protects its gills and gill arches. Since it was broken, this exposed its gills and gill arches to cohabitants and when injuries are visible to other fish, that often makes the injured party an easy target. When caretakers noticed a gill arch was hanging down abnormally, the bass was... Read More
at Wednesday, September 4, 2019
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Notes from the Field: Amy Mathews Recounts Rhino Conservation Journey to Indonesia

Amy Mathews, OKC Zoo lead elephant caretaker, recently returned from a conservation journey to Indonesia. These are her notes from the field: In July, fellow pachyderm caretaker Katie Van Singel and I traveled to Indonesia to learn more about the various rhino conservation initiatives sponsored by one of the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s legacy conservation partners, the International Rhino Foundation . While abroad, Katie and I were fortunate enough to meet with... Read More
at Wednesday, September 4, 2019
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Fishing for Plastic: Employees Volunteer to Clean Up Zoo Lake

McKinly Dortch is a senior Environmental Science major at Oklahoma State University. This summer, she served as the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden's sustainability intern. She documented efforts to help remove plastic waste and other debris from Zoo Lake. For the second time this year, OKC Zoo employees came together to clean the debris, much of it single-use plastic, out of Northeast Lake (also known as Zoo Lake). The housekeeping team led the lake clean-up and many... Read More
at Tuesday, September 3, 2019
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OKC Zoo Earns Family Positive Workplace Designation

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden was recently designated a Family Positive Workplace for its family-friendly internal policies by the Oklahoma-based Potts Family Foundation.  Only 32 organizations from across the state earned this designation during the second annual Family Positive Workplace Awards Ceremony in early August. “The OKC Zoo is thrilled to be recognized as a family-positive workplace,” said Tammy Burnett, OKC Zoo director of human... Read More
at Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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Diving Into Recycling: Waste Audits Continue at OKC Zoo

McKinley Dortch is a senior Environmental Science major at Oklahoma State University. This summer, she served as the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden's sustainability intern. Dortch documented her work assisting in internal waste audits. Growing up in Edmond, some of my favorite memories were playing in creeks and being in nature. Fast forward to college I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I kept coming back to wanting to do something for the environment. There are... Read More
at Monday, August 26, 2019
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OKC Zoo Announces Additions to Leadership Team

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome Rochelle Wilhelm, director of guest experiences/events and Roby Elsner, curator of primates. The Zoo is also happy to announce the promotion of Tracey Dolphin-Drees to curator of hoofstock. Wilhelm will oversee all Guest Experience departmental operations including admissions, rides/attractions, group sales and events. As curators, Elsner and Dolphin-Drees will ensure the health and welfare of their respective animals, manage... Read More
at Friday, August 23, 2019
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National Science Foundation-Funded Study Underway at Lizard Lab

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is partnering with the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma to help save one of the state’s most iconic species: the horny toad. Formally known as the Texas horned lizard, this species – once a common sight across much of the state – has become increasingly rare as its habitat has been lost and fragmented due to urbanization and other factors. A National Science Foundation-funded study underway at the OKC... Read More
at Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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TONS of Love: OKC Zoo Caretakers Share Favorite Elephant Memories

The OKC Zoo is celebrating  World Elephant Day  on Sunday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Zoo guests are invited come together for elephants and enjoy a day of fun and learning with games, crafts, bio-facts and other activities on-site at the Zoo’s Sanctuary Asia elephant habitat and entry plaza. For this special day, the elephant caretakers from Sanctuary Asia share their favorite memories about one of the Zoo's seven Asian elephants... Read More
at Tuesday, August 6, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Darby Thackerson

During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family. NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Animal... Read More
at Friday, July 26, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Whitney Willis

During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family. NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Animal... Read More
at Friday, July 26, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Alicia Snellen

During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family. NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Animal... Read More
at Thursday, July 25, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Jessica Quinnett

  During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family. NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.... Read More
at Wednesday, July 24, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Rachel Sides

During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family.   NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums, accredited... Read More
at Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Zookeeper Profile: Stephany Hernandez

During this year’s National Zoo Keeper Week (NZKW), the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is expressing its appreciation for all of its hardworking animal caretakers and highlighting six exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to caring for its animal family.   NZKW focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation messages created by zoos and aquariums,... Read More
at Monday, July 22, 2019
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OKC Zoo Sad to Announce Passing of African Lion Tia

As the result of a debilitating spinal condition and associated loss of mobility, African lioness Tia, 19, was humanely euthanized at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden on Saturday, July 13, at approximately 10 a.m. The  Association of Zoos and Aquariums  (AZA) reports the median life expectancy for African lions in human care is 16.9 years. The life expectancy for the species in the wild is between 10 and 14 years.  In addition to typical age-related ailments... Read More
at Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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Stay Sun Safe at the OKC Zoo with New Sunscreen Dispensers

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has teamed up with Stephenson Cancer Center to provide five free sunscreen dispensers to visitors through this Labor Day, Monday, September 2. The bright yellow sunscreen dispensers provide UVA-UVB sunscreen with SPF 30 which helps protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun, including skin cancers like melanoma. The five dispensers are located in the men’s and women’s restrooms in the entry plaza, the men’s and... Read More
at Monday, July 15, 2019
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Meet the Chimps that Call OKC Zoo Home

Leading up to World Chimp Day on Sunday, July 14, meet the seven chimpanzees that call the OKC Zoo home: Mwami, Kito, Cindy, Kirsty, Zoe, Ruben, and Siri. Guests may attend a keeper chat at 1:30 p.m. each day at the outdoor or indoor Great EscApe chimpanzee habitat. Mwami The dominant male of the group, 30-year-old Mwami is the largest of the seven chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are very social animals and have a hierarchy, a social order, maintained among them. As such, Mwami may be... Read More
at Friday, July 5, 2019
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Choose to Refuse: Join the OKC Zoo and Take the "Plastic Free July" Pledge

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden wants YOU to kick your single-use plastic habitat as part of a global “Plastic Free July” challenge. Plastic items like grocery bags, straws and coffee cups are creating huge ecological harm, especially in oceans and other aquatic habitats. This includes our streams, rivers and lakes in Oklahoma where plastic trash is a common sight. As of July 1, the Zoo’s 145-member “Plastic Free July” team is in 12 th place out... Read More
at Tuesday, July 2, 2019
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World Giraffe Day Recap

OKC Zoo animal caretaker and giraffe superfan Jesse Knoll recapped this year's World Giraffe Day festivities... The Oklahoma City Zoo celebrated World Giraffe Day on Friday, June 21, 2019. This global event, sponsored locally by Bob Moore Subaru, celebrates giraffes and helps bring awareness to the challenges giraffes are facing in the wild. I had the pleasure of working the activity booth for the event, offering several activities that the guests could participate in. One... Read More
at Monday, July 1, 2019
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Go Green with New Reusable Products from Safari Gift Shop at the OKC Zoo

This summer, pledge to GO GREEN by eliminating single-use plastics like water bottles, straws and grocery bags from your day-to-day routine. New items available from Safari Gift Shop, located in the OKC Zoo entry plaza, help make achieving this goal easy and fun! Stay hydrated in style! These 32-ounce reusable Nalgene bottles are available in three colors, feature the OKC Zoo logo and three animal species (giraffe, lion, bear). $19.99 Shine with each slurp! Throw a stainless... Read More
at Thursday, June 27, 2019
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OKC Zoo Sad to Announce Death of Female Pere David’s Deer

On Thursday, June 20, one of the Oklahoma City Zoo’s female Pere David’s deer, Kate, 7, underwent a veterinary exam at the Zoo’s Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital because she was showing signs of lameness and decreased mobility. During the exam, the veterinary team took several radiographs and learned that Kate had fractured her femur on the right side. Unfortunately, surgery was not option to repair the femur and the difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize Kate on... Read More
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Standing Tall: Meet the OKC Zoo Giraffe Herd

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is home to three larger-than-life giraffes: Ellie, Julu and Dimetri. Guests can participate in daily giraffe feedings at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (weather-permitting).   Ellie, 18 The matriarch of the Zoo’s giraffe herd, Ellie, 18, has a unique heart-shared pattern on her coat. She arrived at the Zoo in 2008 from her birthplace in Birmingham. Ellie is extremely food-motivated, loves to strip the browse leaves off branches and... Read More
at Thursday, June 20, 2019
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Wild Workshops Teach Caretakers Imaginative Animal Enrichment

Enrichment is “the action of improving or enhancing the quality of something”. Animal caretakers at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden use enrichment to enhance the quality of an animal’s habitat to ensure high animal welfare. Many of our guests have seen Zoo caretakers add toys, feeders, ice treats or scents to encourage our animals’ natural abilities and ensure they have different opportunities throughout the day. However, various animals have... Read More
at Thursday, June 13, 2019
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Eye-dentifying a Solution: 19-year-old Lioness Undergoes Eye Surgery

When it comes to animal health concerns – there is no ‘lion’ around at the Oklahoma City Zoo.  During a morning body check in March, the Zoo’s carnivore care team observed a prominent squint in the left eye of 19-year-old lioness, Tia. Upon noticing this change in her health, Tia’s care team took immediate action and contacted the Zoo’s veterinary team to arrange an evaluation. Zoo veterinarians evaluated Tia’s left eye and... Read More
at Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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Growing Knowledge: OKC Zoo’s First Botanical Garden Research Study Underway

The OKC Zoo’s butterfly and pollinator habitat is in bloom and teeming with life this month as caterpillars munch away on host plants and butterflies stop by for a quick drink of nectar. June is a great month to enjoy our gardens as many early summer blooming perennials, like milkweed, are in full bloom and attracting countless beneficial insects. The butterfly garden and pollinator habitat is the scene of a very important research project from the Oklahoma County Conservation... Read More
at Friday, June 7, 2019
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12 Weird But True Animal Date Night Facts

As part of the OKC Zoo's inaugural Date Nights event series every Thursday in June, here are 12 weird, but true, animal date night facts. (Some of these facts are slightly risqué and may not be appropriate for children).   Angler Fish When he’s found a mate, the male angler fish will fuse with the larger female. The body parts he doesn’t need anymore (eyes, fins and some internal organs) wither away until he’s little more than a lump of... Read More
at Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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World Oceans Day Activities Announced

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru invite you to dive in to ocean conservation on World Oceans Day. This global celebration provides a unique opportunity to learn about, help protect and conserve our blue planet. Join the fun on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to learn what actions you can take to ensure our local and global water sources are healthy for future generations. World Oceans Day activities will be held in the Children’s Zoo on Grandma’s Porch and will... Read More
at Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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Notes from the Field: Trumpeter Swan Cygnet Released into Wild

Oklahoma City Zoo Hoofstock Caretaker Lisbeth Pisias recounts her conservation journey to Iowa as part of a multi-state trumpeter swan release project. I was selected to transport a young trumpeter swan (cygnet) born and raised at the Oklahoma City Zoo and facilitate his release into the wild. The experience was a career highlight as it embodies the Zoo's mission: to conserve and protect all species. Trumpeter swans were once bountiful throughout the country,... Read More
at Thursday, May 30, 2019
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OKC Zoo Pioneers Elephant Stem Cell Treatment

The Oklahoma City Zoo continues to be a leader in the field of animal medicine, innovating a new stem cell-based treatment to improve blood flow and shorten recovery time. When geriatric elephant Bamboo, 53, experienced a minor tail wound, veterinary staff came together and made a plan to help accelerate healing. Tails have smaller blood vessels and take longer to heal, especially in older animals. The OKC Zoo veterinary team decided to launch a two-pronged treatment approach. First, the... Read More
at Wednesday, May 29, 2019
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Stingray Day: Birthday Bash Makes a Big Splash

Celebrate all 17(!) juvenile stingrays with an epic birthday bash Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) at 1 p.m. at OKC Zoo's Stingray Bay! This event features special enrichment activities for the stringrays and will also be broadcast live on the Zoo's Facebook page. Admission to Stingray Bay is $4 per person. Admission to the Zoo is $11 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-11 and $8 for seniors ages 65 and older.  In honor of the Zoo's single biggest birthday... Read More
at Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Meet Isla: OKC Zoo Welcomes Rescued Sea Lion Pup

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden recently welcomed Isla, a California sea lion pup rescued from the Santa Barbara Harbor in Santa Barbara, California, by Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI). The pup who is approximately 11-months-old arrived at the OKC Zoo in mid-May. Born off the California coast, Isla was found malnourished and emaciated at the Santa Barbara Harbor in November 2018. When concerned citizens called the CIMWI Rescue Hotline, volunteers with... Read More
at Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Same Shells, New Digs: Galapagos Tortoise Habitat Under Construction at OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s Galapagos tortoises are getting a new, modern habitat located just inside the Zoo’s entrance! The approximately $700,000 expansion is under construction in the former Secret Garden area of the Children’s Zoo and should be complete by late summer. The new Galapagos tortoise habitat consists of one indoor and two outdoor spaces. The climate-controlled 900 sq. ft. indoor habitat consists of a nesting area, an indoor pool, natural substrate floors,... Read More
at Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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Fostering Finyezi: Western Lowland Gorilla Bonds with Surrogate Mom

Finyezi, born June 15, 2018, is nearing his first birthday – a year that has been complete with many milestones met! Shortly after Fin’s birth in June 2018, it was observed that his mother, Njole, was not providing maternal care for him. Following this observation, his caretaker’s made the decision to hand raise him behind-the-scenes - a rewarding job that ‘took a village’. Because gorillas are very social and complex animals, it was important for... Read More
at Friday, May 17, 2019
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Notes from the Field: First-Time Volunteer Recounts Bat Survey Experience

Each year, employees of the Oklahoma City Zoo are offered several opportunities to participate in field work and to engage with the Zoo's conservation efforts on the ground level. As a first-time volunteer and full-time desk jockey, I had no clue what to expect when I offered to assist with the spring bat survey at the Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Reserve. But I set out on the drive to Stilwell, Oklahoma with an open mind, eager to learn more about those elusive creatures of the... Read More
at Tuesday, May 7, 2019
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Pass the Anti-HISS-tamine: Sumatran Tiger Eko Being Treated for Allergies

After Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden caretakers and veterinary staff noticed Sumatran tiger, Eko, rubbing and scratching his face, they reached out to a local veterinary dermatologist who discovered Eko was experiencing an allergic reaction. Eko initially had a few scratches on his face that would come and go. It was thought these were minor wounds resulting from play with his brothers, Ramah and Gusti, until he was observed rubbing on his face, a non-typical behavior. After that... Read More
at Thursday, May 2, 2019
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Living the Bachelor Life - Understanding Gorilla Social Structure

An important social arrangement for gorillas is the bachelor group. A typical family has only one mature male and many females with offspring, so there will be quite a few males who find themselves without any lady friends. These males can either live a solitary life or hang out with other single males. In the wild, bachelor groups are usually loose associations, however, sometimes males will bond and form more permanent friendships. In zoos, bachelor groups are planned out well in advance.... Read More
at Tuesday, April 30, 2019
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Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest Winners Announced

We asked Oklahoma students to spread their creative wings for conservation, and they rose to the challenge! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper are proud to announce the winners of the 15 th annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest. This spring, Oklahoma students in kindergarten through 12 th grade were invited to enter the contest for the opportunity to have their artwork featured on a Dr Pepper machine at the OKC Zoo and win prizes from OKC Outlets and the Zoo. This year’s winning... Read More
at Friday, April 26, 2019
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Boeing Pollinator Project Takes Flight with OKC Zoo Poo Partnership

The Oklahoma Zoo and Botanical Garden recently partnered with Boeing to help an employee-led pollinator project take flight. The Zoo supplied five cubic yards (about the amount that fills a pick-up truck’s bed) of its new premium compost, OKC Zoo Poo , to Boeing for use in the new pollinator garden on the company’s southeast Oklahoma City campus. The compost super charges the soil, improves drainage and provides extra nutrients to help plants grow and take root. The purpose... Read More
at Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Dean McGee Eye Institute Binocular Borrow Program Brings New Focus to OKC Zoo

For the first time, guests visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden can borrow a pair of binoculars to enhance their visual experience. Presented by Dean McGee Eye Institute, the Binocular Borrow program offers binoculars to guests during their visit to the OKC Zoo for no additional cost. It kicks off Saturday, April 20, for Party for the Planet™–an Earth Day tradition supported by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ accredited zoos and aquariums that inspire... Read More
at Thursday, April 18, 2019
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New Organic Compost - OKC Zoo Poo - Dropping April 20

Two years ago, Lance Swearengin, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s horticultural curator, looked up at the 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... Read More
at Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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OKC Zoo Contributes to Deadly Elephant Virus Research, Treatment

This week would have marked Asian elephant Malee’s eighth birthday. She was the first elephant calf born at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden after many years of work and the completion of a new elephant habitat. Instead, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the progress being made against the virus that claimed her life in 2015 when she was only four years old. A lethal virus called EEHV (elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus) is causing the death of young elephants... Read More
at Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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