Category: Pollinators


The Oklahoma City Zoo has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation and Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinator Collaborative for many years to increase habitat for monarchs and other pollinators. Oklahoma provides vital resources for native pollinators and is a central flyway for the spring and fall monarch migration. As the population of monarchs has declined significantly, the OKC Zoo has found a way to get Oklahoma’s youngest residents involved in reinvigorating the pollinator populat... Read More

Conservation Success Stories: OKC Zoo Contributes to Bee Research and Conservation

Do you bee-lieve in conservation? Here at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, we believe in the importance of conserving the world’s wildlife and wild places. In 2020, the Zoo contributed over $220,000 to benefit local and global conservation efforts. Much of this funding was raised through the Zoo’s Round Up for Conservation initiative, a grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, as well as donations through the Oklahoma Zoological Society (OKC ZOOfriends) and the Zoo&r... Read More

Blooms and Butterflies: Signs of Spring at the OKC Zoo

  Out with the old and in with the new! As we say goodbye to winter at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, we begin to welcome spring with open arms. Though the Zoo is filled with over 500 different animal species, guests can also experience over 5,500 plant species within the Zoo! As an accredited botanical garden, the Zoo is home to a large collection of flora that is native to the United States and various other countries to enhance the Zoo’s landscape. The Zoo’s... Read More

The Bee Hunter's Diary

José Montalva is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma and an instructor at East Central University. Montalva has studied the ecology, biology and taxonomy of native bees. This spring/summer, he and student researchers Landen Underwood and Mason Kicinski will conduct a bee research study at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Here, he previews his work and shares why it's critical to learn more about Oklahoma's bees:  Bees are very ... Read More
at Thursday, February 13, 2020

Growing Knowledge: OKC Zoo’s First Botanical Garden Research Study Underway

The OKC Zoo’s butterfly and pollinator habitat is in bloom and teeming with life this month as caterpillars munch away on host plants and butterflies stop by for a quick drink of nectar. June is a great month to enjoy our gardens as many early summer blooming perennials, like milkweed, are in full bloom and attracting countless beneficial insects. The butterfly garden and pollinator habitat is the scene of a very important research project from the Oklahoma County Conservation District... Read More
at Friday, June 7, 2019

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