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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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OKC Zoo’s Top 10 Cures for Your Spring Break Fever

Spring is here and OKC’s weather is forecast to be perfect for a trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden ( check out the Zoo map ). Here are just 10 (of countless) reasons you spend spring break at the OKC Zoo: 10. DINE WITH DRAGONS Enjoy lunch at the new Lotus Pavilion restaurant while dining next to the Komodo dragon habitat! 9. RENOVATED PICNIC GROUNDS Have a picnic at the newly completed Devon Picnic grounds. 8. WILD ENCOUNTERS ... Read More
at Thursday, March 14, 2019
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New to the OKC Zoo: Coati BB-8 & Lando Bring 'The Force' to Cat Forest

The OKC Zoo is proud to welcome white-nosed coatis BB-8 and Lando to its animal family! BB-8 and Lando were born at Idaho’s Zoo Boise on May 4, 2017. This date, May the fourth, marks an unofficial, grassroots Star Wars holiday due to its similarity to the film franchise’s often-used mantra “May the Force be with you”. This inspired Zoo Boise caretakers to name the coati brothers after characters from the iconic movies. The OKC Zoo is celebrating Star Wars... Read More
at Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OKC ZOO JUNGLE GYM RENOVATION PROJECT

UPDATE (April 5, 2018): Thanks to your generosity, all volunteer shifts have been filled! We are so grateful for your continued support!   Join Junior League of Oklahoma City , ZOOfriends and the OKC Zoo as they embark on an expansion and renovation of the Jungle Gym at the Zoo, April 12 – 15, 2018. Volunteers and material support are needed to help update and refresh the playground, as well expand its footprint to add a few new features and components. Families, friends,... Read More
at Monday, March 5, 2018
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Don’t Wake Until Spring: Lessons from a Ladybug

Nature is life’s greatest teacher. Even inside the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s administrative offices, a traditional workspace with PCs, overhead fluorescent lighting and a pot of coffee always at the ready, learning nature’s lessons is unavoidable. Early in December, Sabrina Heise, social media content coordinator, noticed what appeared to be an abundance of lifeless ladybugs in her office. Her workspace is located at the corner of the admin building and... Read More
at Friday, January 12, 2018
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Zoos to the Rescue! OKC Curator Assists in Post-Hurricane Rebuilding Efforts

I have the best job in the world! Every day, I get to bring people closer to the natural world and help them make connections. One of the reasons I am so lucky is I get to work with some of the best people in the world. Anyone in the zoo field will tell you, we are one big family! As a curator, I look to my fellow zoo family members to help answer questions, share conservation successes and partner together to ensure the best experiences for our animals and guests. Just like family, we also... Read More
at Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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OKC ZOO WELCOMES (ANOTHER) HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS

OKC ZOO WELCOMES (ANOTHER) HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS History repeats itself as the Zoo welcomes a new hippopotamus in time for the holidays Just in time for the holidays, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has welcomed a 26-year-old female pygmy hippopotamus, Francesca. Caretakers describe Franny as confident and calm with a love for carrots, yams, cucumbers and apples. She joins Wolee, a 43-year-old male pygmy hippo, at the Zoo’s pachyderm habitat. Wolee has... Read More
at Saturday, December 9, 2017
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Five Wild Holiday Gift Ideas from the OKC Zoo

Skip the long lines this holiday season and give an unforgettable, unique gift from the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. From big savings on Wild Encounters to opportunities to create incredible holiday memories and support wildlife conservation, the Zoo has something ‘kids from one to 92’ will cherish for years to come.   ANIMAL ADOPTIONS – Adopt a Hippopotamus for Christmas This holiday season, share your love of wildlife with... Read More
at Monday, November 20, 2017
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Walk on the Wild Side: Walking Tours Debut at OKC Zoo!

Immerse yourself in tales of the wild life all around you as our knowledgeable Zoo ambassadors lead you through unforgettable, themed walking tours throughout the Zoo on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays! Priced at only $4 for adults and $2 for children per tour, the Zoo’s newest one-hour guest experience offers four distinct themed tours full of fun, adventure and excitement.   First, Pick Your Tour! Cram all the fun of all four tours into a full day of... Read More
at Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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Tiptoe Through the Tulips with ZOO BLOOMS 2017

The  Zoo ’s Botanical Garden has been alive with energy as our first official botanical garden event,  ZOO   BLOOMS , made a colorful splash to an early spring and we anticipate a continued mass of electric  blooms  through May! ZOO   BLOOMS  became the largest botanical event celebrated here at the  Zoo  since our national accreditation as a botanical garden back in 1998.  It also was considered the largest tulip festival in Oklahoma,... Read More
at Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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Hotel Armadillo

Tracking Down the Elusive Builder of Burrows Most of us in the southern and southeastern United States are familiar with the armadillo. While the smaller, nine-banded armadillo is thriving and expanding across much of the country, its lesser-known relative, the giant armadillo, is facing threats to survival in its native habitat across South America. The Oklahoma City Zoo is proud to support conservation biologist Dr. Arnaud Desbiez and the Giant Armadillo Conservation Program to help study... Read More
at Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Pearl’s Pregnancy Revealed in Animal Planet’s Global Facebook Live Event

Facebook is the place where you expect to see old friends, vacation photos and funny videos. But, a surprise sea lion pregnancy announcement from the OKC Zoo?  Almost 20 million Facebook friends of Animal Planet were able to hear and see the great news in real time as an ultrasound was verifying our suspicions—all part of the cable network’s Facebook Live stunt. The Zoo worked with Facebook friend and conservation supporter Animal Planet, along with 18 other national zoos... Read More
at Thursday, March 2, 2017
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Zoo Bears Enjoy Weather-Predicting Tradition

Grizzly bear brothers, Will and Wiley, have been predicting the weather on  Groundhog  Day at the Zoo since shortly after their arrival in 2003. Although not  groundhog s, bears are very in tune with the weather and upcoming seasonal changes because the presence of their food resources in the wild also changes with the weather. Interestingly, this celebration of changing seasons has ancient European origins in which a badger or a sacred bear were part of weather lore and held... Read More
at Thursday, February 2, 2017
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