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Category: Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

We are TREE Champions!

While researching the Oklahoma City Zoo’s botanical garden collection, we asked the Oklahoma Forestry Services to look at several of our landmark trees to help identify age and size for possible state champion tree status and conservation. Oklahoma Forestry Services, in cooperation with the Oklahoma Forestry Association, maintains records on the largest specimens of many of Oklahoma's tree species . This list has been updated and published periodically since the early... Read More
at Wednesday, January 9, 2019
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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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Extinct in the Wild, Pere David’s Deer Continue to Thrive at the OKC Zoo

On a five-acre habitat covered by native grasses and historical post oak trees, Oklahoma City Zoo guests exploring the park’s northwest corner will find three Pere David’s deer: Daphne, 16, Kate, 5, and Pippa, 5. They spend their days soaking up the sun and chowing down on wild grasses, leaves of bushes, and reeds. Of the 1184 species at the Zoo, Pere David’s is the only one with the disheartening distinction of being labelled “Extinct in the Wild” by the ... Read More
at Friday, March 23, 2018
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New OKC Zoo Map Makes Exploring Simpler, More Fun

Guests visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo this month have been greeted with a new Zoo map, simplifying the process of navigating the 120-acre complex. As one of the largest Zoos in the nation, it’s easy for guests to lose their way at the OKC Zoo! With many guests being school students, Zoo staff wanted to re-work the map to be fun and easy to use. The updated map was designed by OKC agency Robot House Creative and reimagined to help guests of all ages better connect with wildlife within... Read More
at Monday, March 19, 2018
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Brown Gold: Introducing Zoo Poo Compost

Just over a year ago, Horticultural Curator Lance Swearengin looked up at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s ever-growing mountain of organic plant and animal waste and began formulating a plan. He realized this increasingly hard to manage 15-year-old compost heap wasn’t a burden, but an opportunity in disguise... there was (brown) gold in that hill. Swearengin reached out to Oklahoma City-based landscaping company Minick Materials and presented a plan that would utilize their... Read More
at Monday, March 12, 2018
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Master Gardeners “Dig In” at OKC Zoo’s Botanical Garden

Public gardens like those at the Oklahoma City Zoo rely on a steady stream of volunteers to supplement regular garden staff and anyone from retired seniors interested in gardening to horticulture enthusiasts are invited to join the Zoo's botanic team any time of year. I recently visited the Oklahoma State University County Extension Office to speak with a local Master Gardener group regarding the Zoo's diverse volunteer opportunities, including the planting of... Read More
at Monday, January 15, 2018
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