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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Swan Hatchling Doing Swimmingly at OKC Zoo

Sam and Olivia, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s trumpeter swan pair, are parents again! OKC Zoo caretakers noted Olivia laid her clutch of four eggs by Tuesday, May 29 and had 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. Happily, on Friday, June 29, the egg did produce a new cygnet (baby swan) and it appears to be healthy, already venturing out to explore its new home and... Read More
at Tuesday, July 3, 2018
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Pygmy Hippo Franny Undergoes Exam

On Wednesday, June 27, Oklahoma City Zoo veterinary staff conducted a full exam of female pygmy hippopotamus Francesca, 26, after caretakers observed decreased appetite, lethargy and signs of severe abdominal pain. During the exam, they discovered Franny had dental disease with possible bacterial infection and three teeth were removed. Her remaining teeth are significantly worn which is normal for her age. She was also treated for colic (severe intestinal inflammation) and IV fluids,... Read More
at Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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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 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  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 (6/29/18): Toba continues improving after her dental procedure on Friday, May 25. She has a good appetite and is eating well, though she remains partial to softer foods. Caretakers continue to give Toba access to her indoor habitat at Great EscApe during the day and report she is off her post-surgery medications. 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... Read More
at Friday, May 25, 2018
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OKC Zoo Announces Birth of Red River Hog Piglets

(UPDATE 6/26/18) Now almost six weeks old, the piglets are doing well, achieving developmental milestones and have no health concerns. Oklahoma City Zoo caretakers report that, while still nursing, they are also eating solid food. Their diet is very similar to that of the mature red river hogs, consisting of grain pellets and produce, but the produce is diced for the newborns to make it easier to chew and digest. The three have not yet been named, but caretakers are working diligently to... Read More
at Wednesday, May 23, 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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