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Category: Birds

New at the OKC Zoo: Whooping Cranes

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is now home to two whooping cranes, one of the largest native bird species in the United States! With wingspans up to 7.5 feet, whooping cranes have extremely long legs and can stand up to 5 feet tall. The birds, McFuzz, a 25-year-old male, and Susan, a 30-year-old female, are located at the Oklahoma Trails habitat. Whooping cranes spend cooler months along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in regions of Texas, Louisiana and Florida. During the... Read More
at Thursday, October 25, 2018
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OKC Zoo Birds Curator and Assistant Curator Named Species Survival Plan Coordinators

Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs were developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help oversee the husbandry and breeding management and, as a result, the sustainability of select animal species within AZA-member institutions, such as zoos. Many of these programs help enhance conservation efforts of these species in the wild as well. Currently, almost 500 SSP programs exist, each of which helps to manage the breeding of a select species and is overseen by the appropriate... Read More
at Monday, September 17, 2018
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OKC Zoo Developing Partial Hand-Rearing Technique with Newborn Flamingo Chick

Caretakers at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden are developing a new technique with a flamingo hatchling enabling it to benefit from group socialization and parent rearing. This new partial hand-rearing method will allow the young bird to become a better mate and parent in the future. The chick, hatched Friday, July 13, has not yet been named and sex has not yet been determined. During breeding season, staff closely monitor the birds’ nests and place resulting eggs in... Read More
at Friday, July 27, 2018
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Sanctuary Asia Preview: Meet the Cassowaries

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 zoological animal care. Prior to the opening, we will periodically preview a new species or feature coming to the habitat. First up: the cassowary! Native to New Guinea and parts of northeastern Australia, cassowaries are large, flightless birds related to emus and ostriches that can... Read More
at Monday, January 1, 2018
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Trumpeting the Cause for Wetlands

New to the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens this past summer were a family group of Trumpeter Swans. On public view at the waterfowl ponds near the front entrance are an adult pair (white plumage) and their fully grown offspring (called a cygnet, gray plumage for the first year). The mating pair, Sam and Olivia, and their male cygnet, hatched in June 2017, were actually my families’ personal swans who made the journey to OKC with us when we moved here after I accepted the... Read More
at Friday, December 22, 2017
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Trade in Those Online Surveys for the Outdoor Kind

We are inundated with them. Surveys on the phone, online and even in the mall. But surveys can help us determine populations, income, poverty, housing and more. This data tracks the health of people groups and living conditions, various consumer and eating habits, and a host of other demographic and economic trends. Partners Team Up to Count Did you know that many of the world’s conservation efforts depend on surveys? Surveys provide the information we need to properly care for... Read More
at Friday, March 24, 2017
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Birds of Many Feathers Will Flock Together

Anyone who has remodeled a house knows that you most always run into the unexpected. The recent remodel of the Zoo’s Dan Moran Aviary has been no exception. First, we carefully moved more than 30 birds to a Zoo holding area called overwintering, where the birds--from small passerines (or songbirds such as tanagers and cardinals), waterfowl, gamebirds, doves, turacos and shorebirds—can temporarily live during cold months. One of the projects included tearing out and rebuilding a... Read More
at Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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Dan Moran Aviary to be Renovated

The OKC Zoo’s bird department is excited about its newest project starting this Fall -  the renovation of the Dan Moran Aviary.  After the annual Haunt the Zoo event on October 31, we will be closing the aviary and all of the birds will be moved off exhibit for the internal renovation. Thanks to the support of the Dan Moran family, we will change the aviary from one single exhibit where the birds moved throughout the building into four distinct exhibits allowing us to better... Read More
at Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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