Conservation Initiatives

Plant a Pollinator Garden

Purchase OKC ZOO POO, the Zoo’s premium organic compost, at the Guest Services office to help your garden grow!

Eco Cell - Cell Phone Recycling

Cell phones have a direct effect on wildlife. Coltan is a substance frequently used in small electronics. Mining for coltan threatens gorillas and their habitats.

When these electronic devices are recycled through the Eco-Cell Recycling Program, older cell phones are disposed of according to strict environmental standards. New cell phones are refurbished and sold in developing countries. This process decreases the global market for new cell phones!

The Zoo is one 110 zoos helping save gorillas through the Eco-Cell Recycling Program. Join us in this quest! Items accepted include smartphones, cell phones, handheld gaming systems, tablets, ipods and iPads as well as any chargers or accessories that come with these devices. Items not accepted include laptops, portable CD players and digital cameras. Donations are accepted in the Zoo's Guest Relations office during regular business hours. Thank you!

The Zoo donates 100 percent of all recycling proceeds to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, which is one of the Zoo’s global conservation partners.


The Palm Oil Problem

Shop Smart! Make a Difference for Wild Orangutans

This information is meant to be a helpful guide for consumers who are concerned about orangutan conservation and deforestation due to non-sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia and Malaysia. Palm oil is a key ingredient used in many of our household products--from lotion to shampoo--and in many foods. However, companies that are members of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are committed to using certified sustainable palm oil in food and other household items. Please support these companies that are doing their best to make a difference for orangutans. Shop smart and help keep this amazing species from becoming extinct!

To guide AZA-accredited institutions in their efforts to address palm oil messaging, the AZA released an official position, which reads:

"AZA recognizes that unsustainable palm oil production results in massive deforestation, rapid biodiversity loss in tropical ecosystems, and significant greenhouse gas emissions. Global consumption of palm oil and its derivatives is increasing, requiring strong conservation action to save species. By facilitating change through audience and stakeholder engagement, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are well positioned to help break the link between palm oil production and deforestation."

Hey parents! Did you know that you can buy sweet treats for the holidays and support orangutan conservation at the same time? This printable guide and mobile device app will help you purchase candy that is palm oil free or made sustainably.

  • Click here for a list of palm oil-free candy, groceries and household items and get the palm oil mobile device app! 
  • Click here for more resources on palm oil at


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