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Category: Pygmy Hippo

Pygmy Hippo Franny Undergoes Exam

On Wednesday, June 27, Oklahoma City Zoo veterinary staff conducted a full exam of female pygmy hippopotamus Francesca, 26, after caretakers observed decreased appetite, lethargy and signs of severe abdominal pain. During the exam, they discovered Franny had dental disease with possible bacterial infection and three teeth were removed. Her remaining teeth are significantly worn which is normal for her age. She was also treated for colic (severe intestinal inflammation) and IV fluids,... Read More
at Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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Hip, Hippo, Hooray!

In honor of National Hippo Day, the Oklahoma City Zoo celebrates its pygmy hippos: Francesca (Franny) and Wolee. Francesca turned 26 in December, which coincided with her move to the Zoo . She is settling in nicely at her new habitat and started exploring outside on warmer days. She and Wolee alternate going out in the hippo habitat on nice days. Francesca is very curious, enjoys enrichment activities and spending time with her caretakers. She will immediately get up and come to the door to... Read More
at Thursday, February 15, 2018
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Innovating for OKC Zoo's Aging Animals

Compared to animals in the wild, those in human care tend to live significantly longer lives, sometimes doubling life expectancy. This presents unique healthcare challenges to Zoo veterinary staff and requires medical innovations to ensure quality of life is maintained for senior animals. Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino, director of veterinary services, shared some of the innovative technologies and treatments being implemented at the OKC Zoo to make sure animals live long, happy, healthy... Read More
at Monday, December 18, 2017
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OKC ZOO WELCOMES (ANOTHER) HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS History repeats itself as the Zoo welcomes a new hippopotamus in time for the holidays Just in time for the holidays, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has welcomed a 26-year-old female pygmy hippopotamus, Francesca. Caretakers describe Franny as confident and calm with a love for carrots, yams, cucumbers and apples. She joins Wolee, a 43-year-old male pygmy hippo, at the Zoo’s pachyderm habitat. Wolee has... Read More
at Saturday, December 9, 2017
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Five Wild Holiday Gift Ideas from the OKC Zoo

Skip the long lines this holiday season and give an unforgettable, unique gift from the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. From big savings on Wild Encounters to opportunities to create incredible holiday memories and support wildlife conservation, the Zoo has something ‘kids from one to 92’ will cherish for years to come.   ANIMAL ADOPTIONS – Adopt a Hippopotamus for Christmas This holiday season, share your love of wildlife with... Read More
at Monday, November 20, 2017
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Don’t Worry! Be Happy Like Our Pygmy Hippo!

Wolee came to the Oklahoma City Zoo in 1999. He is 42 years old and the second oldest pygmy hippo living in North American zoo populations. As a long-time resident of the Zoo, he spends his days relaxing in his wallow, lounging by the pool or taking a dip in the water to cool off. In colder weather, Wolee may be inside the Pachyderm building investigating pool toys or sleeping on his cozy hay bed. As his caretaker, I like for his enrichment to include balls that both sink and float, unusual... Read More
at Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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