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WHAT:                 WOW! Wolee, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s male pygmy hippopotamus is turning 45!

WHEN               Labor Day, Monday, September 2 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:              OKC Zoo’s pygmy hippo habitat located in the pachyderm building.

DETAILS:              Hip, hippo, hooray–pygmy hippo Wolee is turning 45! Join the celebration on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, at 10:30 a.m. with a hippo hoppin' birthday surprise including an enrichment activity for Wolee and a special sing-a-long at his habitat located in the Zoo’s Pachyderm Building. Wolee has called the Zoo home since 1999 and is the second oldest pygmy hippo in living in North American zoo populations. He spends his days relaxing in his wallow, lounging by the pool or taking a dip in the water. He enjoys investigating pool toys and sleeping on his cozy hay bed.


About Pygmy Hippos

Small but mighty–pygmy hippos look like mini versions of their larger relative, the common hippopotamus. Pygmy hippos are currently listed as endangered, it is estimated there are around 2,000 in the wild. Although they do not have many natural predators, these shy animals are known to be hunted for their meat. They inhabit forests that are being burned and cut away at alarming rates due to logging and human encroachment. They can be found alone or in pairs in the wild, ranging from Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast. While they spend their days in wallows or rivers, at night they head out on land to forage for food.


Happy “wild” wishes, Wolee! The Oklahoma City 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, Instagram, YouTube and by visiting Our Stories. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit



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