Category: Global Conservation Efforts
Friday, January 18, 2019
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is joining WildAid, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), and AZA’s program, the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA), in a campaign featuring DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda’s Master Po Ping to educate children and families about the illegal wildlife trade. The OKC Zoo is one of more than fifteen AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across the United States that will host a series of video messages, billboards, and posters at its...
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Monday, January 7, 2019
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...
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Thursday, December 27, 2018
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...
at Thursday, December 27, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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...
at Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
“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...
at Monday, August 13, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
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.
at Monday, May 21, 2018
Friday, November 17, 2017
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...
at Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, August 25, 2017
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...
at Friday, August 25, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
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.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
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...
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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...
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Saturday, January 21, 2017
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.
Hello! I’m currently writing to you from the center of the world! I’m...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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...
at Tuesday, January 10, 2017