Thursday, December 20, 2018
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is happy to announce the arrival of a new addition to its animal family: Demetri, a 21-month-old male giraffe. Demetri arrived in November from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Glen Rose, Texas. He has spent the last few weeks acclimating to his new environment and becoming familiar with the rest of the giraffe herd: Ellie, 18, and Julu, 3. Zoo guests can generally find Demetri in the giraffe habitat’s outdoor area weather dependent when...
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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Giraffes are experiencing a “silent” extinction crisis. Until recently, they were considered common throughout much of their African range and their numbers were not being well-monitored. In the last five years, however, experts from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group compiled population data and discovered that the wild giraffe population has declined by 40 percent in the last 30 years. Habitat destruction and poaching...
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Monday, December 18, 2017
Compared to animals in the wild, those in human care tend to live significantly longer lives, sometimes doubling life expectancy. This presents unique healthcare challenges to Zoo veterinary staff and requires medical innovations to ensure quality of life is maintained for senior animals.
Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino, director of veterinary services, shared some of the innovative technologies and treatments being implemented at the OKC Zoo to make sure animals live long, happy, healthy...
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Friday, June 23, 2017
We celebrated World Giraffe Day at the Zoo on June 21, however, the Zoo’s commitment to protecting giraffes goes far beyond one day of celebration. Giraffes are one of the most recognizable animals in the world and a favorite of many zoo-goers. Despite this, they have not been well-studied and much remains to be learned about their social systems. The Zoo is supporting this important research through its Conservation Action Now (CAN) grant program.
Until recently giraffes were...
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