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Notes from the Field: OKC Zoo's Josh Lucas Documents Tortoise Rescue Efforts in Madagascar

On April 10, 2018, nearly 11,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises were discovered by local police in a private residence in Toliara, Madagascar. Almost every room in the house was filled with tortoises without access to food or water. It is believed that the tortoises were collected for the illegal pet trade, possibly for shipment to Asia where the tortoises’ highly-domed shell featuring a brilliant star pattern makes them highly prized. The Turtle Survivor Alliance (TSA) in... Read More
at Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Un-EGGS-pected Arrival

As a Zoo professional, animal care duties sometimes extend beyond the normal 8 to 5 p.m. timeframe and through the holidays. To provide the best possible care to our Zoo animals, our staff is available around the clock when needed. Most of the time when we get called to the Zoo in the middle of the night, it is because of a power outage, but earlier this month, it was because of something a little more exciting! On December 2, I received a call at around 12:45 a.m. from one of our attentive,... Read More
at Friday, December 29, 2017
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