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Notes from the Field: Katie Van Singel Recounts Rhino Conservation Journey to Indonesia

Katie Van Singel, OKC Zoo pachyderm caretaker, recently returned from a conservation journey to Indonesia. These are her notes from the field: I am a primary caretaker for the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden's three Indian rhinos Arun, Niki, and Shanti. I never imagined that I would get the chance to go and see native habitat for any of the five rhino species in the world, but this July, my coworker Amy Mathews and I went on the trip of a lifetime. Amy and I... Read More
at Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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Notes from the Field: Amy Mathews Recounts Rhino Conservation Journey to Indonesia

Amy Mathews, OKC Zoo lead elephant caretaker, recently returned from a conservation journey to Indonesia. These are her notes from the field: In July, fellow pachyderm caretaker Katie Van Singel and I traveled to Indonesia to learn more about the various rhino conservation initiatives sponsored by one of the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s legacy conservation partners, the International Rhino Foundation . While abroad, Katie and I were fortunate enough to meet with... Read More
at Wednesday, September 4, 2019
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Sanctuary Asia Preview: Indian Rhinos

Sanctuary Asia, opening soon at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, will create a vast, multipurpose environment where endangered animals from the Asian continent can thrive while receiving world-class animal care. Prior to the opening, we will periodically preview a species coming to the new habitat. We previously featured the  langurs ,  cassowaries ,  tanuki  (raccoon dogs) and Komodo dragons , now it's time to profile the Indian rhinoceros, also known... Read More
at Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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Rooting for Rhino Rangers

The OKC Zoo joined organizations across the globe as we celebrated the world’s five remaining rhino species on September 22 –World Rhino Day! The event was hosted by the Zoo’s pachyderm caretakers and included an informational booth where guest could engage in a keeper chat, purchase rhino badges for conservation, take part in photo opportunities and best of all, decorate their own coloring pages for rhino rangers. ​ Throughout the event, over 50 coloring pages were... Read More
at Friday, November 17, 2017
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Strike Out Rhino Extinction with AAZK and the Zoo

Pin, grey, alley, strike, horn—what do these words have in common? BOWLING FOR RHINOS! Zoos have been saving rhinos through an annual campaign called Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) for almost 30 years. The OKC Zoo Chapter of the Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) has been raising money for rhino conservation since 1990, funding over $300,000 towards the preservation of rhino species in Africa and Asia. But why do these species need saving? The decline in rhino populations can be linked to two... Read More
at Monday, July 17, 2017
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