Our Stories

At the OKC Zoo, Go Wild!

Category: Elephants

OKC Zoo Names Emory Pachyderm Curator; Highlights Female Leaders in Honor of Women's Day

This International Women’s Day, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the promotion of Rachel Emory, as curator of pachyderms. Emory will oversee the Zoo’s Indian rhinos and Asian elephant herd, while managing day-to-day operations and supporting the Zoo’s conservation efforts and practices pertaining to the endangered species in her care. Originally from Flushing, Michigan, Emory graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) with a... Read More
at Friday, March 8, 2019
Share |

Global Conference on Elephant Care Comes to Oklahoma City

Elephants have been a passion of mine since I first saw one at the San Diego Zoo when I was a child.  From that point, I knew I wanted to help save wildlife and wild places.  I started my career at the Virginia Zoo in 2002 working with African elephants Monica, Lisa and Cita. In 2006, I joined the team at the Oklahoma City Zoo to work with their two female Asian elephants Chandra and Asha, and I haven’t looked back. Over the years, the Zoo’s elephant herd has grown... Read More
at Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Share |

No Two Elephants Are The Same

When it comes to the Oklahoma City Zoo’s six Asian elephants one thing is for certain, they are all different. Different personalities, eating habits, likes and dislikes, and it’s up to us, their caretakers, to know everything we can about these amazing animals entrusted in our care. A typical day for an elephant caretaker entails more than just feeding and cleaning up after the elephants. We give them daily baths (we check each elephant from trunk to tail to ensure everything... Read More
at Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Share |

A Promise to Elephants

Last October, I experienced one of the worst days of my life. Thinking about the loss of our elephant calf, Malee, still gets me emotional. Losing her was similar to losing a family member. Nearly one year later, I’m proud to share the Oklahoma City Zoo is making an unprecedented commitment to the health of our elephants. Our zoo will be the first in the country with the capability to conduct critical veterinary testing on site for a virus that affects elephants. This will provide... Read More
at Friday, September 16, 2016
Share |

Search the site