At the OKC Zoo, Go Wild!

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It’s always a “roaring” good time at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden! Zoo guests are invited to see what’s new at the Zoo, including latest additions Azinza, a newborn Western lowland gorilla and Francesca, a pygmy hippopotamus. Plus, guests won’t want to miss our six-month-old Sumatran tiger cubs; Eko, Ramah, Gusti and adopted sister Zoya, an Amur tiger! The cubs and mom Lola are available for viewing daily in the Cat Forest. A consistent guest-favorite, the sea lion presentations are back after a significant repair to their habitat resulted in a month’s pause. The presentations feature California sea lions and Zoo caretakers demonstrating fun, engaging enrichment activities.

“There’s always something new happening at the Zoo,” said Barry Downer, deputy director. “Since the Zoo is open year-round, guests have the opportunity to see our animals enjoying all the seasons and, even though not all of the animals are out, many species become more active in the winter and can be seen better when it is cold outside. Plus, we have a number of indoor habitats so guests can have a wild experience without too much exposure to the elements.”

Azinza (Ah-zeen-zah) was born in the Zoo’s Great EscApe habitat to first-time mother Mikella, 14, and father Togo, 29. She is the 26th gorilla born at the Oklahoma City Zoo since 1974. OKC Zoo’s gorilla troop is now home to three generations of her family. Mikella was born at the Zoo in 2003 to 32-year-old mom, Emily and is the older sister of two-year-old, Rubi.

Francesca, a 26-year-old female pygmy hippopotamus, came to Oklahoma City in December and was welcomed to the Zoo in spectacular fashion by “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” singer Gayla Peevey. She joins Wolee, a 43-year-old male pygmy hippo, at the Zoo’s pachyderm habitat. Wolee is the oldest pygmy hippo in a United States zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

After spending a month behind-the-scenes healing after a soft tissue injury to his left hind leg, six-month-old Sumatran tiger cub, Eko, has now been without a limp for two weeks and is back to his old self! All four cubs, Eko, Ramah, Gusti and Zoya, plus mom Lola are available for viewing in their Cat Forest habitat at the Zoo.

Daily sea lion presentations at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. feature California sea lions Addie, Pearl, Phoenix, Piper and Xander engaging in enrichment activities with Zoo caretakers. The presentations are $4 per person. Zoo admission is required for attendance and is not included.

Visit the Oklahoma City Zoo and learn to care, connect and conserve! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults, and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay in the “Zoo know” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit


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