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Category: Global Conservation Efforts

Notes from the Field: Reflections from Zimbabwe

  This trip to Zimbabwe has been an emotional and humbling experience. I lost my best friend to cancer this year and we always wanted to go to Africa together. She talked about going on a safari, so it’s very fitting that I’m here now. Resources just aren’t readily available here. Butter, bread, water, concrete… they get what they can when it’s available. They don’t even have an option to have items mailed. Customs gave us a hard time... Read More
at Monday, January 7, 2019
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Notes from the Field: Sustainability Not Just Watchword with Painted Dog Researchers

I was fortunate enough to travel to Zimbabwe in November to visit the Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT) and participate in the conservation efforts supported by the OKC Zoo. In Sizinda, Zimbabwe, where the project is located, scarcity is an ever-present reality of day-to-day life. We quickly learned that conservation isn’t just the act of saving a species or even a habitat, it is a way of life. The water we use to cook, clean our dishes and even bathe is reclaimed and reused for the... Read More
at Thursday, December 27, 2018
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Hold the Straw, Please... OKC Zoo Staff Join Plastic-Free Challenge

We touch things made of plastic hundreds of times in our daily lives. Plastic is so common that most people think nothing of using a plastic item once, and then tossing it away. How many plastic bags, straws, lids, bottles, forks, cups have you used once and thrown away? The average American throws away 185 pounds of plastic a year. That’s half a pound of plastic a day from every one of us! Only 8 percent of the plastic used in the U.S. is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills or is... Read More
at Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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Round Up for Conservation Update

“Would you like to Round Up for Conservation?” Guests at the OKC Zoo have become accustomed to hearing that phrase when they purchase a ticket, an item at the gift shop or a meal at one of the Zoo’s food and beverage locations. But what does it mean and how does it help fulfill the Zoo’s mission to connect people and the world’s vanishing wildlife and wild places? Round Up for Conservation is a grassroots program created to allow Zoo guests to become... Read More
at Monday, August 13, 2018
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Conservation Partner Update: Giant Armadillo Conservation Program

Conservation Action Round-Up Engagement (CARE) grants provide full-time Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden staff members the opportunity to identify and fund conservation projects that they believe are worthy of the Zoo’s support. One of the 2016 grantees was the  Giant Armadillo Conservation Program , receiving $5,000. The project established the first long-term ecological study of giant armadillos in the Pantanal wetland and is now expanding to other parts of Brazil. ... Read More
at Monday, May 21, 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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Local Efforts Go Global: Round Up for Conservation Program

Have you ever wondered how to get involved in conservation but worry that you don’t have the time or resources? The OKC Zoo enables you to care about saving species and habitats around the world when you donate to its grassroots program – Round Up for Conservation!  Saving Species One Penny at a Time What is Round Up for Conservation? It is a program created to help wildlife and wild places! Zoo guests are... Read More
at Friday, August 25, 2017
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World Elephant Day

Every day is a great day to come to the Zoo, but this Saturday, August 12, Zoo guests have a BIG reason to join in on the fun – it’s World Elephant Day! As someone who has the honor of caring for elephants every day, this event is particularly exciting. World Elephant Day is our team's day to share the passion we have for the care and conservation of the world’s largest-living land mammals.  The... Read More
at Friday, August 11, 2017
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A Big Project in Search of Some Little Frogs – Part II

The following travel diary entry was written by Josh Lucas, one of the Zoo’s amphibian and reptile caretakers. On behalf of the Zoo, he traveled more than 2,800 miles to work with its partner organization, Jatun Sacha, in Ecuador. The following entries are the last two entries Josh wrote before boarding his flight home to the United States. To read Josh’s other blogs,  click here . Entry #4: 1/20/2017... Read More
at Saturday, March 11, 2017
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Zoo Supports Organization that Protects Only Thriving Ape Species

Founded on the ground-breaking research of one woman in 1967, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) celebrates its 50 th anniversary this year. Dian Fossey gained worldwide recognition for her work to protect and study mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Africa, before her untimely death. Her book, “Gorillas in the Mist,” published in 1983 gives an account of her years in the rainforest with the mountain gorillas and underscores the need for concerted conservation efforts. A... Read More
at Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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A Big Project in Search of Some Little Frogs

The following travel diary entries were written by Josh Lucas, one of the Zoo’s amphibian and reptile caretakers. On behalf of the Zoo, he traveled more than 2,800 miles to work with one of its conservation partner organizations, Jatun Sacha, in Ecuador. Read and be transported to the depths of the wet and wild rainforest where much is still undiscovered and unearthed.  Entry: 1/5/2017  Hello! I’m currently writing to you from the center of the world! I’m... Read More
at Saturday, January 21, 2017
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More Than A Zoo

Although the Zoo takes pride in being the number one recreation destination in Oklahoma, the Zoo has a broader mission. As a conservation organization, the Zoo strives to help stop and reverse the rapid decline of species and habitats locally and globally. Ways the Zoo Helps: You might be wondering how the Zoo can really make a difference on such a big planet with big challenges? The Zoo focuses on several areas that have long-term impacts: 1) Participating in cooperative breeding... Read More
at Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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