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Category: Enrichment

Stay Cool This Summer at the OKC Zoo

Oklahomans know how intense Sooner State summers can be, and with temperatures expected to hit the dreaded triple digit territory this week, it’s a good time to explore how animals (and guests) stay cool at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Like people, animals are susceptible to heat-related ailments and the caretakers at the OKC Zoo offer a multitude of ways to help various species remain comfortable during hot weather. In addition to monitoring the animals in their care... Read More
at Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Sea Lions Don’t Sweat the Cold at the OKC Zoo

Because sea lions spend the majority of their day swimming, our team of marine mammal caretakers ensure that the water temperature remains between 70 and 75 degrees throughout the colder months. While the Zoo's sea lions are always provided with access inside, their natural layer of blubber also works to maintain a comfortable body temperature when seasons change. Throughout the winter months, our animals continue to voluntarily participate in training... Read More
at Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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Apps for Apes: The Digital Side of Animal Enrichment

Enrichment is a word many people hear at the OKC Zoo and it can be a bit confusing. Simply put, enrichment is the enhancement of the environment to provide animals with mental and physical stimulation to increase natural species appropriate behavior. It’s a major way staff at the Zoo, and zoos all over the world, engage with animals on a daily basis and enrich their lives. The Zoo’s great apes, including chimpanzees, Western lowland gorillas and Sumatran orangutans, are very smart... Read More
at Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Chill, Not Chilly: OKC Zoo Prepared to Keep Animals Warm During Winter Weather

A common concern among guests this time of year is, “What happens to the animals during cold or icy weather and how do they spend their time indoors?” Whether it’s cold or stormy, animals at the Oklahoma City Zoo stay warm, cozy and safe when inclement weather strikes. All species have designated weather parameters that dictate when they need to stay inside. Those are one of the only times animals may be secured in their holding quarters. Modern animal care standards in... Read More
at Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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Special Tree-tmeant

Here at the Zoo, we’re wild about animal enrichment! Recently, a special  tree  was created for the Zoo’s squirrel monkey family in an effort to enhance their habitat and provide them with a unique, but realistic experience. The OKC Zoo’s squirrel monkey family consists of sisters Bobby and Katrina, and their three brothers, Floyd, Felix and Hugo. The new  tree  will offer several enrichment options – serving as a climbing structure, a... Read More
at Monday, November 13, 2017
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Animal Enrichment: The Key to a Life Well Lived!

Imagine how fun and enriching our lives would be if we had our own personal trainer, chef and concierge! Yet only a few fortunate people have these luxuries. The animals at the OKC Zoo, however, although not considered “wealthy” in human terms, are most definitely well cared for, and I have the privilege of being their own behavioral training and enrichment curator.  Say That Again?  Enrichment--it’s kind of a funny word. We use it often when referring to... Read More
at Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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