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OKC Zoo’s Top 10 Cures for Your Spring Break Fever

Spring is here and OKC’s weather is forecast to be perfect for a trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden ( check out the Zoo map ). Here are just 10 (of countless) reasons you spend spring break at the OKC Zoo: 10. DINE WITH DRAGONS Enjoy lunch at the new Lotus Pavilion restaurant while dining next to the Komodo dragon habitat! 9. RENOVATED PICNIC GROUNDS Have a picnic at the newly completed Devon Picnic grounds. 8. WILD ENCOUNTERS ... Read More
at Thursday, March 14, 2019
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Zoo Employees Go Dumpster Diving for First Ever Waste Audit

Last month, five dedicated employees went dumpster diving as part of the OKC Zoo’s first-ever waste audit to make sure its recycling program was being effectively implemented. The “green team” collected trash and recycling from 11 employee areas and performed a biopsy of the recovered materials. They discovered about two-thirds of the materials deposited in the recycling bins were correctly placed while about one-third was not recyclable. The most commonly misplaced... Read More
at Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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Notes from the Field: Employees of a Feather Survey Together

While it is certainly true that many species of birds in North America fly to warmer climates when the temperatures begin to drop, there are still many more that stay at their homes year-round! This February, I was lucky enough to join three Zoo employees and three employees from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) on a conservation journey to Robbers Cave State Park and James Collins Wildlife Management Area in Eastern Oklahoma... Read More
at Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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OKC Zoo Names Emory Pachyderm Curator; Highlights Female Leaders in Honor of Women's Day

This International Women’s Day, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the promotion of Rachel Emory, as curator of pachyderms. Emory will oversee the Zoo’s Indian rhinos and Asian elephant herd, while managing day-to-day operations and supporting the Zoo’s conservation efforts and practices pertaining to the endangered species in her care. Originally from Flushing, Michigan, Emory graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) with a... Read More
at Friday, March 8, 2019
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Conservation Update: Field Report from OKC Zoo-Supported Turtle Research Project in Belize

Last month, the OKC Zoo received a field research update from University of Oklahoma graduate student Elyse Ellsworth who the Zoo is funding to study Central American river turtles (aka hicatee) in Belize. Elyse is capturing wild hicatee and placing radio-transmitters on them to track their movements. This is not easy to do considering these turtles spend most of their time underwater – making them hard to find and hard to track because the transmitter only sends data when... Read More
at Thursday, February 28, 2019
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Terrariums 101: Making a Garden Under Glass

Terrariums are defined as any sealed container that has soil, water, and plants inside of it. Most terrarium vessels are clear glass and have a lid that can be removed for maintenance and cleaning. While modern terrariums come in many shapes and sizes, the idea behind growing plants in portable containers has been around since the early nineteenth century. British physician and avid botanist, Dr. Nathanial Ward, is credited with discovering and transporting plants on ships using his... Read More
at Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Share the Love: OKC Zoo Valentine's E-Cards are the Purr-fect Way to Show You Care

Why conSEAL how you feel? Share a pun-filled, OKC Zoo-themed Valentine's Day e-cards with the one you can't BEAR to be without on this special day!  To share, right click on an image file below, select "Save Image As" and choose the destination on your computer to place the file.  If you post on social media, be sure to tag the OKC Zoo ( Facebook , Twitter , Instagram ) and the Zoo might share to its Instagram account.      To... Read More
at Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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Broken Bo: Tracing Gorilla Bo's Journey Back from a Break

Gorilla Bouendje (Bo), 12, developed a limp in his left leg on December 13, 2017, that was later identified as a tibia fracture after imagery confirmed the break. His initial treatments were documented in this previous blog post . Fourteen months later, he is able to move around his habitat with ease including running and jumping. The image below shows the healing process in action: Bo was behind-the-scenes for three months to allow him to heal in comfort. He was joined... Read More
at Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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Simple Change Reduces Plastic Use, Saves Money at OKC Zoo

By purchasing concentrated bleach in bulk and training its staff to dilute and refill existing bottles, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is saving more than $2,000 and keeping almost 500 single-use plastic containers out of landfills each year. As part of a Zoo-wide effort to eliminate single-use plastics, Barry Downer, deputy director, identified bleach usage as an easy target for improvement. The Zoo safely uses bleach as a cleaner and disinfection in its animal... Read More
at Thursday, January 31, 2019
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Mountain Lion, Hunter, Passes Away

Hunter, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s 16-year-old male mountain lion (or puma/cougar) was humanely euthanized Wednesday, January 23, at the Zoo’s Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. Hunter had been receiving supportive treatment for arthritis and kidney issues since 2015 and recently began demonstrating difficulty standing and moving. His hind legs were weak and he was likely experiencing pain due to degenerative spine disease. After concluding nothing more could be done medically,... Read More
at Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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Flamingo Update: Different Diets Result in Color Variety

If you have visited the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s American flamingo habitat at Island Life lately, you may have noticed some new additions. Last year, the bird department successfully hand-reared four American flamingo chicks, with the oldest chick being partially hand-reared , meaning staff members shared parental duties with the chick’s flamingo foster parents. Now, all four birds have fully integrated themselves into the flock and reside at the American... Read More
at Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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OKC Zoo Announces Results of "Goat Vote" Naming Contest

You’ve cast your votes, now meet the goats! The Oklahoma City Zoo recently welcomed six nine-month-old, female dwarf Nigerian pygmy goats to its barnyard habitat located in the Children’s Zoo and asked for the public’s help picking names for the new arrivals. In keeping with tradition, the Zoo proposed 10 names of Oklahoma towns and asked voters to help winnow the field to the top six. Over the week-long “Goat Vote” contest, almost 4,500 votes were cast. Here are... Read More
at Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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OKC Zoo Joins Campaign with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda to Educate Millions about Illegal Wildlife Trade

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... Read More
at Friday, January 18, 2019
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OKC Zoo's Botanical Garden Earns Prestigious Accreditation

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden recently earned a prestigious accreditation from Botanical Garden Conservation International (BGCI). The Zoo’s botanical garden is a longtime member of BGCI, an organization created in 1987 to promote plant conservation by linking the botanical gardens of the world into a global network. The botanical garden’s five-year accreditation means the facility is certified as an official BGCI botanical garden. This brings with it a new... Read More
at Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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We are TREE Champions!

While researching the Oklahoma City Zoo’s botanical garden collection, we asked the Oklahoma Forestry Services to look at several of our landmark trees to help identify age and size for possible state champion tree status and conservation. Oklahoma Forestry Services, in cooperation with the Oklahoma Forestry Association, maintains records on the largest specimens of many of Oklahoma's tree species . This list has been updated and published periodically since the early... Read More
at Wednesday, January 9, 2019
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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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Meet Demetri: New Giraffe Joins OKC Zoo Animal Family

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is happy to announce the arrival of a new addition to its animal family: Demetri, a 21-month-old male giraffe. Demetri arrived in November from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Glen Rose, Texas. He has spent the last few weeks acclimating to his new environment and becoming familiar with the rest of the giraffe herd: Ellie, 18, and Julu, 3. Zoo guests can generally find Demetri in the giraffe habitat’s outdoor area weather dependent when... Read More
at Thursday, December 20, 2018
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Give for Gorillas Cellphone Challenge Results Announced

Thank you, Oklahoma City! The Give for Gorillas Cellphone Challenge saw 52 donations in November for a grand total of 154 devices and accessories given in 2018! What a great success and even greater environmental impact. All of the electronics donated to the Zoo will be disposed of following strict environmental guidelines by our partners at the ECO-CELL Recycling Program, which will then use the resulting parts to refurbish new phones to be sold in developing countries. Any devices... Read More
at Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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Take a Shopping Safari at the OKC Zoo this Holiday Season

At a dead end for holiday gift ideas? Every year we all run into the same obstacle around the holidays. Thinking of gifts for everyone we love that are meaningful yet practical. Even though Dad loves his new slippers and Mom enjoys her spa gift card, surprise the family with something new this year. We’ve put together our Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas that can be found right here at our Safari Gift Shop at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Elevated Candles Scented treasures made in... Read More
at Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Vacation with the Monarch Butterflies in Mexico

Vacation with Monarch Butterflies in Mexico! Escape the chill for a 5-day/4-night deluxe excursion to Central Mexico from February 7 – 11, 2019 where you’ll witness millions of monarch butterflies at three of Mexico’s largest butterfly Sanctuaries!  Join members of the OKC Zoo conservation staff for a relaxing, inspiring and educational vacation that will forever change the way you see butterflies! The monarch butterfly makes an amazing annual migration... Read More
at Monday, December 3, 2018
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Notes from the Field: Josh Lucas Reports on Madagascar Tortoise Conservation Efforts

  I have some exciting updates to share related to ongoing rescue efforts after the radiated tortoise crisis  in Madagascar. I have recently taken on the role of Reintroduction Project Manager within the Turtle Survival Alliance  (TSA), with the purpose of getting thousands of critically endangered tortoises back into the wild. My most recent three-week trip provided the opportunity to do some initial ground surveying of tortoise habitat, check-in on the... Read More
at Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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2018 OKC Zoo Holiday Gift Guide

Go WILD this holiday season and surprise the wildlife lover in your life with an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind gift from the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. From Wild Encounters to opportunities to create incredible holiday memories and support wildlife conservation, the Zoo offers unexpected, transformative experiences at price levels for everyone. ANIMAL ADOPTIONS – Special Pygmy Hippo Deluxe Package Includes 65 th Anniversary T-Shirt Share your love of wildlife with... Read More
at Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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Fin Update - Gorilla Hitting Developmental Milestones; Undergoes Successful Procedure

Finyezi (Fin), the five-month-old gorilla born at the OKC Zoo, is in good condition after a successful hernia repair operation on Wednesday, November 14, at the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. Fin is recovering in his habitat at Great EscApe but remains backstage, off public view. A hernia is an opening or tear in the body wall that isn’t supposed to be there. Hernias can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (usually due to trauma). The most common types of congenital hernias... Read More
at Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Sanctuary Asia Animal Training Wall Dedicated in Memory of OKC Zoo Supporter

The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS) recently dedicated a new animal enrichment/training wall at Sanctuary Asia to the memory of longtime Oklahoma City Zoo fan Martha K. Denham. Though she passed away in 2015, her legacy continues to benefit the Zoo and the million plus guests who visit annually. More than $26,000 was raised for the project in Martha’s honor, with substantial contributions from Martha’s children: Matt Denham, Elizabeth Laurent and Ann White.  Martha K.... Read More
at Friday, November 16, 2018
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Orangutan Caring Week Spotlight - Meet Toba

November 11 through 17 is International  Orangutan Caring Week  (OCW). OCW’s mission is to build a "critical mass of concerned voices" each November to focus attention on the species through individual efforts. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services.... Read More
at Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Orangutan Caring Week Spotlight - Meet Elok

November 11 through 17 is International Orangutan Caring Week (OCW). OCW’s mission is to build a "critical mass of concerned voices" each November to focus attention on the species through individual efforts. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. OCW wants to... Read More
at Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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Brrr... Cold Weather on the Wild Side

Brrrrr-----It’s cold out there! This week saw the first snow of the winter season! For humans, this means holidays, sledding and cocoa. Winter for our animals is an exciting time as well! As their caretakers, it is our job to ensure our animals remain safe and comfortable during all conditions. Our varied Oklahoma City weather offers our animals the chance to experience a wide variety of temperatures and conditions. Cold weather and snow can... Read More
at Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Orangutan Caring Week Spotlight - Meet Negara

November 11 through 17 is International Orangutan Caring Week (OCW). OCW’s mission is to build a "critical mass of concerned voices" each November to focus attention on the species through individual efforts. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. OCW wants to... Read More
at Monday, November 12, 2018
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Seasonal Hours Now in Effect at OKC Zoo

As the cooler fall and winter seasons arrive, the Oklahoma City Zoo announces modified hours of operation for some attractions and amenities. The Zoo remains open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed only for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22, and Christmas Day on Tuesday, December 25. Some offerings listed below may be unavailable if temperatures drop below an acceptable level for animals or if other inclement weather conditions develop. The Elephant Express tram begins operation at 10... Read More
at Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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Answer the Call to Save Gorillas

Oklahoma City Zoo, conservation is in our nature. Is it in yours? The Zoo is looking to the community-at-large to help save gorillas by donating old or used cell phones to the Give for Gorillas Cell Phone Challenge. Schools, organizations, businesses or individuals are encouraged to collect as many cell phones and electronics as they can from now through November 30, in support of gorilla conservation. How can you help endangered gorillas? By participating in the Zoo's Give for... Read More
at Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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OKC Zoo Announces Passing of Bison, Ginger

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is sad to report the passing of 17-year-old female American bison, Ginger on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Caretakers noted Ginger demonstrating a diminished appetite and lethargy over the past days. Veterinary teams administered hydrated fluids and other treatments that ultimately proved unsuccessful leading to the difficult but necessary decision to euthanize.  Ginger arrived at the OKC Zoo from Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas in... Read More
at Sunday, November 4, 2018
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New at the OKC Zoo: Whooping Cranes

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is now home to two whooping cranes, one of the largest native bird species in the United States! With wingspans up to 7.5 feet, whooping cranes have extremely long legs and can stand up to 5 feet tall. The birds, McFuzz, a 25-year-old male, and Susan, a 30-year-old female, are located at the Oklahoma Trails habitat. Whooping cranes spend cooler months along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in regions of Texas, Louisiana and Florida. During the... Read More
at Thursday, October 25, 2018
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Vet Tech Profile: Liz McCae

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week by celebrating our hard-working vet tech trio, including  Liz McCrae , profiled below.   Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions. First celebrated in... Read More
at Friday, October 19, 2018
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Vet Tech Profile: Mark Romanoski

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week by celebrating our hard-working vet tech trio, including Mark Romanoski , profiled below.   Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions. First celebrated in... Read More
at Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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OKC Zoo Marks 35 Years of Haunt the Zoo; Adds New 21+ Event to Halloween Celebration

With 27 treat stations, a decorated trail, “super” special sea lion presentations and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, Haunt the Zoo returns to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden for its 35 th year packed with Halloween fun for the whole family. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Haunt the Zoo takes place over the course of two weekends: Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 20-21 and Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. After a successful... Read More
at Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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Vet Tech Profile: Stephanie Elliott

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week, October 14 through October 20, by profiling our hard-working vet tech trio, starting with Stephanie Elliott .  Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions. First... Read More
at Monday, October 15, 2018
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Gone Fishin' - OKC Zoo Entry Plaza Now Home to Aquarium with Native Species

The Oklahoma City Zoo fish team is excited to announce that through a partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation  (ODWC), we now have more native fishes! Each year, the ODWC hosts the Wildlife Expo—a free event for everyone to learn more about Oklahoma’s native species. Many people would find it unbelievable, but their biologists created transportable aquariums so that they can bring live fish to the Expo. Our team had been planning on collecting... Read More
at Thursday, October 11, 2018
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And baby makes seven.... OKC Zoo celebrates new addition to Asian elephant herd

After an almost two-year pregnancy, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is happy to announce the addition of a female calf to its Asian elephant herd. Kairavi, Sanskrit for moonlight, was born Tuesday, October 9, at 11:28 p.m., inside the OKC Zoo’s elephant habitat at Sanctuary Asia. Both mother, Asha, and newborn, Kairavi (Kai), are in good health and are now viewable to guests. Kai’s arrival brings the total number of Asian elephants at the Zoo to seven. Veterinary... Read More
at Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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Camel Rides Return to the OKC Zoo for Limited Time

After three decades, camel rides are back at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden! Guests visiting the OKC Zoo through Sunday, November 4, can enjoy a camel ride with Mongo or Captain Al, the dromedary camels located in the pachyderm habitat. The $6 tickets to ride may be purchased on-site at the camel habitat. Rides will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends (weather permitting) and children under 6 must be accompanied... Read More
at Friday, October 5, 2018
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Rewards for Your Gourds - Annual Pumpkin Drive Offers Free Admission with Pumpkin Donation

The Oklahoma City Zoo's annual Pumpkin Drive is back! Through Sunday, October 7, guests bringing a pumpkin larger than their heads to the Zoo will receive FREE same-day admission. The limit is one free admission per person. Donated pumpkins will be used to decorate Haunt the Zoo . Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, the state’s premier Halloween event returns for its 35 th  year in October 2018! Join us Saturday 10/20, Sunday 10/21, Saturday 10/27 and Sunday 10/28 during... Read More
at Monday, October 1, 2018
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Monarch Madness Takes Flight at OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo is mad for monarch butterflies! Again this year, the OKC Zoo is hosting two family-friendly events, Monarch Madness 5K/Fun Run and Monarch Festival, in its effort to raise awareness about and funds for monarch butterfly conservation. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, the second annual Monarch Madness 5K/Fun Run on Saturday, October 6, will benefit local monarch butterfly conservation. Monarch butterflies are in peril as their population is estimated to have declined up to 80... Read More
at Monday, October 1, 2018
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OKC Zoo's Josh Lucas Wins AZA Heroes Contest

It was announced at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) annual conference in Seattle that Josh Lucas, lead herpetology caretaker at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, was among the winners of the organization’s AZA Heroes contest. In 2019, a national multi-platform media campaign will share the mission and spirit of AZA through the stories of four heroes who go above and beyond in their work for education and conservation. From a field of 95 entries crowdsourced... Read More
at Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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OKC Zoo Gorilla Undergoes First-Ever Robot-Assisted Surgery

On Sunday, August 26, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s veterinary team collaborated with human medical specialists to conduct a robot-assisted surgery on Emily, the OKC Zoo’s 33-year-old Western lowland gorilla, to repair an umbilical hernia. This is the first known robotic surgery performed on a Western lowland gorilla in human care. “Emily’s surgery was a success thanks to the team of specialists who gave their time and expertise to assist,” said... Read More
at Monday, September 24, 2018
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Tag You're It! Help OKC Zoo Staff Tag Monarch Butterflies for Science

As part of the Oklahoma City Zoo's commitment to conserving monarch butterflies, the Zoo's education team will be hosting monarch butterfly tagging daily from September 24-October 6, from 1-3 p.m., weather permitting at the Zoo's butterfly garden!  There, guests will learn about monarch biology, the importance of tagging, the decrease in monarch populations, what the OKC Zoo is doing to help monarchs, what guests can do to conserve monarchs at home and much more.  ... Read More
at Friday, September 21, 2018
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OKC Zoo Crew Batty for Conservation

This August, the OKC Zoo and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) teamed up to perform bat inventories in the Cimarron Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in northwest Oklahoma. ODWC conducts annual inventories to determine which bat species are using the area and to study population health. Bats are often viewed by humans as pests, but they actually provide a number of benefits known as ecosystem services to their habitats and people . Many types of bats consume insects, reducing... Read More
at Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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OKC Zoo Birds Curator and Assistant Curator Named Species Survival Plan Coordinators

Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs were developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help oversee the husbandry and breeding management and, as a result, the sustainability of select animal species within AZA-member institutions, such as zoos. Many of these programs help enhance conservation efforts of these species in the wild as well. Currently, almost 500 SSP programs exist, each of which helps to manage the breeding of a select species and is overseen by the appropriate... Read More
at Monday, September 17, 2018
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Yucatan box turtle hatchlings and endangered Mang Mountain pit viper join OKC Zoo animal family

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomes five new Yucatan box turtle hatchlings and a female Mang Mountain pit viper to the Herpetarium, the Zoo’s reptile and amphibian habitat. Only discovered in 1989, Mang Mountain pit vipers are incredibly rare, among the largest vipers in the world, and masters of disguise. The species’ brown and green coloring makes the perfect camouflage for moving around the forest; even their eyes are skillfully hidden almost to the point of being... Read More
at Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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New at the Zoo: Critically Endangered Addra Gazelle

The Oklahoma City Zoo is pleased to welcome three male Addra gazelle to its animal family! Their names have special significance, relating to their individual personalities while paying tribute to the species’ native lands. Two-year-old Obi’s name is Yoruban for “heart” since he has a heart-shaped white patch of fur on his chest; one-year-old Takitti’s name means watermelon because gazelle will often eat melons to stay hydrated; and two-year-old Jabari’s name... Read More
at Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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Too Gourd to be True: Excrement Produces Unexpected Produce

Everyone knows that bees (and other species) pollinate flowers. But what happens afterwards? New flowers spring up but the fruits of these pollinators hard labor can also be found in the shape of… well, fruits! These soft organs produced by some plant species usually encase seeds that need planting. It’s how these plants reproduce. But what purpose do these plants serve? Most fruits are meant to be eaten. The seeds often have protective layers that can withstand animal digestive... Read More
at Thursday, September 6, 2018
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