Endangered Species Day at the OKC Zoo Spotlights Critical Conservation Issues

At the Oklahoma City Zoo this Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., learn how you can join the fight to save species from extinction.

The easiest way to aid in saving species is by becoming mindful of the challenges animals face in the wild. Through awareness days, such as Endangered Species Day, the OKC Zoo highlights species that need our help. Guests can participate in hands-on activities, chat with caretakers and educators, and leave knowing that they can make a difference in the lives of animals near and far.

Endangered Species Activities at the OKC Zoo

Issue:                     Chimps and Coltan (Habitat loss, poaching)
Activity:                Termite mound fishing
Location:              Great EscApe

Issue:                     Palm Oil and Tigers/Asian Cats (Habitat loss)
Activity:                Ocelot masks, Tiger cutout selfies, paw print stamp voting
Location:              Cat Forest

Issue:                     Monk Seal (Ocean trash and limited food)
Activity:                Assemble Hawaiian-style leis
Location:              Sea Lion habitat by entrance to presentation pool

Issue:                     Bali Mynah (Pet trade and habitat loss)
Activity:               Coloring station for kids
Location:              Pachyderm Building

Issue:                     Rhinos (Poaching)
Activity:                Bowling for Rhinos
Location:              Judy’s Garden – Across from Rhino Habitat

Issue:                     Grevy’s Zebra (endangered, population decline)
Activity:                Pin the stripes on the zebra
Location:              Zebra Habitat

Issue:                     Oklahoma Vulnerable/Endangered Species
Activity:                Informational Booklet
Location:              Big Rivers Building at Oklahoma Trails Habitat

We really couldn’t do it without you, and you may be helping without even realizing it! If you’ve ever rounded up to the nearest dollar, you’ve participated in the Zoo’s Round Up for Conservation program. These funds directly impact animals in need by funding emergency conservation initiatives, such as the plight of the radiated tortoise in Madagascar, or helping researchers study animals in the wild. It's little actions—like donating money, recycling or using reusable products—that make a huge impact on our planet.

-Erica Buckwalter, Supervisor of Informal Education Programs

Rhino and Zebra Photos: Andrea Johnson

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