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Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden fans should follow the pack to Fassler Hall for the PAWS for a Cause event, raising awareness for African painted dog conservation! On Thursday, March 28, Fassler Hall will donate 20 percent of all food and beverage sales from 5 p.m. through 9 p.m. in support of the Painted Dog Research Trust (PDRT), one the OKC Zoo’s major conservation initiatives. Dr. Greg Rasmussen, director of the Painted Dog Research Trust, will be on-hand to answer questions about the remarkable species and his conservation work in Zimbabwe. Fassler Hall has a dog-friendly patio, so make plans to bring the family, including Fido!

Thursday, March 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fassler Hall
421 NW 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

The OKC Zoo, home to African painted dogs since 1972, currently has five painted dogs as part of its animal family. Starting in 2017, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden partnered with the PDRT to provide financial support from the Round Up for Conservation Fund for their mission and send staff to assist in the organization’s field work. The PDRT is dedicated to the conservation of the highly endangered African painted dog, formerly known as the African wild dog. It’s estimated that fewer than 7,000 remain in the wild. Learn more at

Grab a brat and a brew for a great cause! 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 up-to-date with the Zoo on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit



Robinson in Zimbabwe: OKC Zoo Director of Education Rachael Robinson visited schools supported by the Painted Dog Research Trust while conducting conservation field work in Zimbabwe. She documented her journey online.

PDRT Students with OKC Zoo materials: As part of its partnership with the PDRT, the OKC Zoo donated materials for the organization’s conservation education programs.

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