Category: Animal welfare
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Spring Break, only a few weeks away, is a great time for families to visit the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden and enjoy other outdoor activities. In fact, it’s frequently the biggest week of the year at the OKC Zoo – last year’s record-breaking attendance topped 93,000!
But when deciding to visit a zoo or other organization that hosts animals, it’s critical that Oklahomans select organizations accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), like the...
at Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Monday, February 10, 2020
How are your New Year’s resolutions holding up? Many people resolve in the new year to lose weight, eat healthier foods and exercise more. Often times those resolutions don’t hold up and end up abandoned. For animals at the OKC Zoo, resolutions are not needed - proper nutrition, activity level and body weight are top priorities all year long.
Maintaining proper body weight and nutrition is vital for overall health and longevity, both for our pets and the...
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Compared to animals in the wild, those in human care tend to live significantly longer lives, sometimes doubling life expectancy. This presents unique challenges to Zoo staff and requires innovations to ensure quality of life is maintained for senior animals.
Frequent issues faced by animals in their golden years are cataracts and dental problems. The Zoo’s veterinary staff are trained in oral health procedures like pulling teeth and have a number of specialists who consult...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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...
at Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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...
at Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
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....
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Friday, August 4, 2017
Zoo partners with medical experts from Oklahoma’s leading veterinary and human hospitals to provide best medical care for critically endangered wildlife.
On Saturday, June 24, The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s veterinary team collaborated with veterinary and human medical professionals from BluePearl Veterinary Partners, the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center and Oklahoma University Health Sciences to conduct a medical exam on the OKC Zoo’s 32-year-old Western...
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