OKC ZOO’S GREEN ANACONDA SCHEDULED FOR WELLNESS EXAM
October 14, 2019
WHAT: From smallest to “longest”, all of the OKC Zoo’s animals get a visit from the vet! The Zoo’s 20-year-old, female green anaconda, is scheduled for a routine wellness exam to be performed by the Zoo’s veterinary care team and reptile caretakers.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, beginning at 2 p.m. The exam should take approximately 30 minutes.
WHERE: The wellness exam will take place in a sectioned off area outside of the Zoo’s Herpetarium. Guests are invited to observe the event from afar.
DETAILS: A sight to see! Watch in awe as the Zoo’s vet and reptile teams weigh and measure the anaconda during the exam. The Zoo’s veterinary and animal care teams are dedicated to providing superior health care for the animals entrusted to them. This includes managing a preventative care program as well as treating illnesses and handling emergency cases as they arise.
A member of the boa family, the green anaconda is, pound for pound, the heaviest snake on the planet! There have been reports of some specimens being as long as 30 feet and weighing over 500 pounds. Found in the river and swap areas of South America, anacondas prefer to be in or near water to hide as well as support, its massive body. Anacondas are excellent swimmers and divers.
Built in 1928 as a Works Progress Administration project, the Zoo’s Herpetarium is a fan favorite featuring more than 65 habitats representing reptiles from around the world. The Zoo’s first anaconda arrived in 1966. The Herpetarium will be closed to guests throughout the exam and will re-open once it has concluded.
Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about the OKC Zoo, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.
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