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Category: Endangered Species

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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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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Fishing for a Miracle

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

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

National Geographic photographer, speaker and founder of the Photo Ark, Joel Sartore, arrived at the Oklahoma City Zoo on July 14 with camera in-hand at 7:30 a.m., prepared for a weekend of photographing rare animals and sharing a preview of his PBS docu-series, “RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark.” About Photo Ark  Photo Ark was created in 2005 after Joel’s wife, Kathy, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. His career as a National Geographic photographer... Read More
at Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Ornate Tortoises in Trouble: Zoo Helping to Save Species

In the Northwest corner of Madagascar lives a species of tortoise with a shell so highly domed and ornate that you might think they came straight out of the mind of a cartoonist. But the Ploughshare tortoise is very real and very rare. It is also the largest and, arguably, the most beautiful of Madagascar's four endemic species of tortoises. Their domed shell and golden color have made them a highly prized pet throughout Asia--so highly prized, in fact, that the illegal pet trade... Read More
at Thursday, May 11, 2017
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