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 and Hundreds of other Species

ISSUE - The increased demand for palm oil is fueling destruction of forests around the world that are home to orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos, and many more species. You probably eat and use palm oil every day. It’s found in about 50% of the products you can buy from the grocery store including foods, cosmetics, detergents and more.

OKC ZOO – The Zoo is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which unites stakeholders from the palm oil industry to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. The RSPO has more than 5,000 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. They have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO.

YOU – Use the app PalmOil Scan developed by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to make the best palm oil choices every time you shop. The app’s barcode scanner makes it easy! The new PalmOil Scan app is now available to download from the App Store, Google Play Store and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s website

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.

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