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OKC Zoo News Releases

OKC ZOO’S FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS

Add a little wild to your winter days with this month’s Zoo happenings – ZOOfriends Membership Sale, Healthcare Workers and Emergency Responders Appreciation Months, Groundhog/Bear Awareness Day celebration, heartfelt gift ideas and more!

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OKC ZOO VETERINARY TECHNICIAN RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

OKC Zoo veterinary technician, Liz McCrae, recognized with top professional honor for her dedication to animal health, wellbeing.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES 2023 CONSERVATION TRAVEL PROGRAM DESTINATIONS TO AFRICA AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

OKC Zoo invites wildlife lovers on extraordinary trips to encounter the wildlife of Tanzania, Rwanda and the Galapagos Islands while learning about the Zoo’s global conservation efforts.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES ADDITION TO LEADERSHIP TEAM

Zoo welcomes new Chief Operating Officer, bolsters its executive roster.

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OKC ZOO IMPLEMENTS WINTER HOURS

Effective December 6, the Zoo will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the day until February 8, 2023. OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS continues nightly through January 1, 2023.

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DECEMBER AND JANUARY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS, Dinner with Santa series, education programs and more make it a ZOOper holiday season for all!

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OKC ZOO WELCOMES NEW MALE ASIAN ELEPHANT TO ITS ANIMAL FAMILY

Bowie, a 9-year-old male Asian elephant, is relocated from Fort Worth Zoo as part of AZA’s Species Survival Plan.

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NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

OKC Zoo is making it a November to remember with OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS, Military Appreciation Month, family-friendly events, a community food drive, education programs and more!

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OKC ZOO CELEBRATES BIRTH OF ENDANGERED CHIMPANZEE

It’s a girl! OKC Zoo welcomes a healthy, female infant chimpanzee born on October 12.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NEW MARINE MAMMAL HABITAT EXPANSION

OKC Zoo to break ground on a state-of-the-art habitat for its beloved California sea lions, harbor seals in Spring 2023. The Zoo’s sea lion presentations will temporarily conclude on Sunday, October 30.

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OKC ZOO HOSTS ANNUAL CHOMP AND STOMP ANIMAL ENRICHMENT EVENT AS PART OF SEASONAL EVENT SERIES

Enjoy gourds of fun and watch as the Zoo’s wildlife go wild for pumpkin treats!

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15 YEARS IN THE MAKING – OKC ZOO CELEBRATES BIRTH OF FOUR AFRICAN LION CUBS

African lioness, Dunia, gave birth to quadruplets on September 26, resulting in Zoo’s first litter of lion cubs since 2007.

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OCTOBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

It’s a faBOOlous month of wild happenings at the OKC Zoo with Haunt the Zoo for Halloween, Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up, annual Pumpkin Drive, Chomp & Stomp Enrichment Event and more!

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF A RARE, ENDANGERED OKAPI CALF

Four little hooves and all ears! The Zoo’s baby boom continues with the arrival of a male okapi calf born to first-time mom, Kayin, as part of an AZA breeding program for this endangered species.

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OKC ZOO SETS NEW ANNUAL ATTENDANCE RECORD

Over a million people visit the OKC Zoo, connect with wildlife this past fiscal year marking a new annual attendance record.

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SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Shake things up this September with BRICKLIVE, Sip and Stroll events, Monarch Awareness Day and get tickets for some of the Zoo’s most popular fall/winter events.

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OKC ZOO, BOB MOORE SUBARU CELEBRATE WORLD DOG DAY FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

PAWS for World Dog Day at the OKC Zoo to enjoy special activities, celebrate one of the planet’s most iconic predators, critically endangered African Painted Dogs.

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OKC ZOO SELLING WORLD’S FIRST DIGITAL ART NFT DESIGNED BY RESIDENT ORANGUTAN

OKC Zoo’s 21-year-old Sumatran orangutan, Elok, assisted by digital technology and his caretakers, creates world’s first non-fungible token designed by an orangutan, to be auctioned online with proceeds benefitting orangutan conservation.

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OKC ZOO, BOB MOORE SUBARU HOST INTERNATIONAL ORANGUTAN DAY ACTIVITIES ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

Take part in this special day’s happenings dedicated to raising awareness for critically endangered orangutans, enjoy family-friendly activities, animal enrichment, caretaker chats and more.

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR OKC ZOO’S 39th ANNUAL HAUNT THE ZOO, OKLAHOMA’S SELECT DAYTIME TRICK-OR-TREATING

The highlight of the Halloween season, Haunt the Zoo runs Saturdays and Sundays, October 8-30, offering a uniquely fun, contact-free trick-or-treating experience and festive activities for all involved.

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ZOOBREW, OKLAHOMA’S LARGEST ANNUAL BEER TASTING EVENT, RETURNS TO THE OKC ZOO, TICKETS ON SALE

Enjoy an evening of craft beers and good cheers for a great cause – supporting the OKC Zoo. Tickets are now on sale for the 14th annual ZOObrew, Oklahoma’s largest outdoor beer tasting festival, presented by Byron’s Liquor Warehouse.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES AFRICAN LIONESS IS PREGNANT - 15 YEARS SINCE LION CUBS WERE BORN AT THE ZOO

Lioness, Dunia, is pregnant and due late September, a significant event since the last litter of lion cubs was born at the Zoo in 2007. OKC Zoo participates in the AZA’s breeding program for African lions contributing to the sustainability of this vulnerable species.

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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU HOST INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY CELEBRATION ON MONDAY, AUGUST 8

Celebrate a “paws”itively fun day with the OKC Zoo on International Cat Day with family-friendly activities, caretaker chats, animal enrichment, photo opportunities and more.

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OKC ZOO HOSTS FUNDRAISERS, PROMOTES SOCIAL CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF ASIAN ELEPHANT AWARENESS MONTH

August is Asian Elephant Awareness Month, cause for trumpeting as OKC Zoo invites elephant fans to support Asian elephant conservation through month-long social media campaign, happenings.

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AUGUST HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Discover wild ways to play these summer days at the OKC Zoo! Enjoy early hours, BRICKLIVE experience, free weekday afternoons, Asian Elephant Awareness Month, animal awareness days, Sip and Stroll 21+ event series and more.

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OKC ZOO AND PEPSI EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE 2022 WINNERS OF STATEWIDE STUDENT ART CONTEST

Student artists share ideas for creating clean, litter-free habitats for Oklahoma’s wildlife.

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OKC ZOO’S SUMATRAN TIGER TWINS RECEIVE FIRST WELLNESS EXAM

Tiger twins update! OKC Zoo’s Sumatran tiger cubs receive first wellness exam, the newborn siblings are in good health and meeting milestones.

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OKC ZOO CONTRIBUTES TO GLOBAL TURTLE, TORTOISE STUDY CHALLENGING EVOLUTIONARY THEORY OF AGING

OKC Zoo provides data on its turtle, tortoises for new study that shows these species may experience slower signs of aging when their living conditions improve.

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OKC ZOO ADJUSTS ITS HOURS TO HELP GUESTS AVOID EXTREME SUMMER WEATHER

Effective Monday, July 25 through Wednesday, August 31, park hours will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with the last entry at 2 p.m. Zoo offers FREE admission on select weekday afternoons in August.

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OKC ZOO, OG&E BRING STATEWIDE LIBRARY PROGRAM, READ FOR ADVENTURE, TO OKLAHOMA COMMUNITIES

Ongoing program connects Oklahoma families to literary education, monarch conservation and recreation with complimentary Zoo admission!

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JOIN OKC ZOO’S AAZK CHAPTER FOR ANNUAL BOWLING FOR RHINOS

Wild bowling fundraiser returns, invites Oklahomans to roll out for in-person event in support of global rhino and habitat conservation

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OKC ZOO CELEBRATES BIRTH OF CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SUMATRAN TIGER TWINS

Double the stripes, double the delight! OKC Zoo’s Sumatran tiger, Lola, gives birth to two healthy cubs, a momentous occasion for the conservation of this rare species.

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JULY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Create wild memories this summer with the Zoo’s new BRICKLIVE experience, Read for Adventure family program, Sip and Stroll 21+ event series and more.

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OKC ZOO HOSTS SUMMER ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES FOR ITS ANIMALS AS PART OF SEASONAL EVENT SERIES

Visitors can view diverse wildlife consuming cool and creative treats made by the Zoo’s expert animal caretakers.

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OKC ZOO WELCOMES NEW JAGUAR TO ITS ANIMAL FAMILY

Cat Forest is home for new female jaguar, Zia.

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OKC ZOO HAPPENINGS IN JUNE

JUNE HAPPENINGS AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO 2022

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OKC ZOO PROVIDES GREAT APES WITH ANIMAL-APPROVED VENDING MACHINE AS INVENTIVE ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY

OKC Zoo collaborates with WildThink, creator of the Animal Vending Machine, an interactive enrichment tool that encourages animals to problem-solve and be active.

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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU HOST WORLD OCEANS DAY CELEBRATION ON JUNE 2

Make a splash at World Oceans Day as you celebrate aquatic life, ocean conservation. Family-friendly activities, caretaker chats, animal enrichment, photo opportunities and more.

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OKC ZOO’S CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SUMATRAN TIGER IS PREGNANT, DUE SUMMER 2022

Sumatran tiger, Lola, is pregnant, expected to give birth this summer. OKC Zoo participates in AZA breeding program for this critically endangered species to ensure its survival as there are less than 500 Sumatran tigers in the wild.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES ARRIVAL OF TWO AFRICAN PAINTED DOGS TO PREDATOR PASS HABITAT

Zoo welcomes two male African painted dogs as part of Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan for this endangered species.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES ENDANGERED OKAPI IS PREGNANT, DUE THIS FALL

Okapi calf due fall 2022 will be first offspring born at the Zoo since 2015. OKC Zoo is committed to caring for and conserving this endangered species.

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INAUGURAL OKC ZOO GALA CELEBRATES LEGACY HONOREES AND THE ZOO’S NEWEST EXPANSION, EXPEDITION AFRICA

A sold-out event – OKC Zoo Gala, honors community visionaries Byron Gambulos, Don and Carolyn Zachritz, Kirkpatrick Foundation and Kirkpatrick Family Fund for bolstering the Zoo’s mission. Limited tickets available for Gala Twilight Afterparty, 21+ event!

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OKC ZOO’S ENDANGERED CHIMPANZEE, NIA, IS PREGNANT

Chimpanzee infant due Fall 2022 – OKC Zoo committed to helping conserve this endangered species.

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OKC ZOO WELCOMES AFRICAN PAINTED DOG CONSERVATIONIST, HOSTS FUNDRAISER “PINTS FOR PUPS"

OKC Zoo welcomes Dr. Greg Rasmussem, founder of the Painted Dog Research Trust, and teams up with Fassler Hall for “Pints for Pups” on May 6 with 10% of all food, beverage purchases supporting painted dog conservation.

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OKC ZOO DEBUTS BRICKLIVE™ ANIMAL PARADISE, WILDLIFE SCULPTURES CONSTRUCTED FROM TOY BRICKS

All new BRICKLIVE features life-sized wildlife displays at the Zoo Saturday, May 7 through Sunday, October 30. Exhibit tickets available now.

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MAY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise, special events for families and adults, summer camps, animal enrichment activities, and more!

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OKC ZOO EXPERTS COAUTHOR ARTICLE ABOUT ZOOS, MUSEUMS COLLABORATING FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE

Zoo’s experts contribute to new paper published in BioScience that identifies importance of bolstering partnerships between AZA-member zoos and museums to enhance our understanding of the animal kingdom.

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OKC ZOO WELCOMES NORTH AMERICAN RIVER OTTER TO ITS ANIMAL FAMILY

Oklahoma Trails is home for new female river otter, Hazel.

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OKC ZOO’S AAZK CHAPTER HOSTS APE-RIL FUNDRAISER BENEFITING GORILLA CONSERVATION

Fassler Hall OKC will donate $1 from beer sales on Thursday, April 28, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to gorilla conservation.

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OKC ZOO PROVIDES WILD SETTING FOR OZS'S ANNUAL OSTRICH EGG BREAKFAST ON MAY 7, MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND

Celebrate the moms in your life at the 35th annual Ostrich Egg Breakfast, Oklahoma City’s most popular breakfast event, featuring two sessions. Tickets available now.

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OZS EXPANDS & RELAUNCHES ZOOTROOP IN SUPPORT OF THE OKC ZOO

Oklahoma Zoological Society expands and relaunches ZOOtroop, a young professionals organization, in support of the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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READ ACROSS OKLAHOMA RETURNS WITH FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY , LIVE AND ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT, ACTIVITIES

Read Across Oklahoma, the state’s premiere literacy event for preschool and early grade children, returns on Tuesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a free book giveaway at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden.

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OKC ZOO WELCOMES CRITICALLY ENDANGERED GUATEMALAN BEADED LIZARD HATCHLINGS

Four two-month-old Guatemalan Beaded Lizards hatch at the OKC Zoo as part of species conservation.

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OKC ZOO’S APRIL HAPPENINGS

It’s all HOPpening at the Zoo! Summer camp enrollment open, family-friendly events, conservation fundraisers plus, event tickets on sale for the Zoo’s new experience BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise!

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OKC ZOO’S ANNUAL SIP AND STROLL EVENTS PROVIDE UNIQUE EXPERIENCES FOR REVELERS 21+

Connect with wildlife and friends during these one-of-a-kind events occurring every third Thursday, April through September. Sip and Stroll tickets on sale now.

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR OKC ZOO’S NEW EGGSTRAVAGANZA PRESENTED BY KINDER JOY ®

Families can hop into the Easter spirit with the Zoo’s wild breakfast events featuring a Kinder Joy Easter Egg Scramble, other egg-citing activities!

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OKC ZOO PROVIDING AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS FOR GUESTS

New program aims to further connect guests who are deaf, hard of hearing to wildlife and wild places.

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OKC ZOO RECEIVES DONATED CENTRIFUGE MACHINE FROM OBI TO HELP SAVE ENDANGERED ASIAN ELEPHANTS

Centrifuge aids OKC Zoo’s animal care experts in treating its elephants for EEHV, a naturally occurring virus, and ability to support other AZA-zoos caring for elephants.

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OKC ZOO INVITES OKLAHOMA STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL PEPSI VENDING MACHINE ART CONTEST IN SUPP

Contest participants are encouraged to imagine a litter free Oklahoma for wildlife, express their ideas through art and awareness.

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MARCH HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Take a break and spring into fun with these unique OKC Zoo happenings plus, tickets on sale for the Zoo’s new family-friendly Eggstravaganza and Sip and Stroll 21+ event series.

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OKC ZOO’S ANIMAL FAMILY GROWS WITH ARRIVAL OF OCELOT

Male ocelot born at the OKC Zoo is welcome addition as part of Ocelot Species Survival Plan®.

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Oklahoma City Zoo and PGAV Destinations begin Construction on First Phase of Expedition Africa

PGAV Destinations, a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations, is working with the Oklahoma City Zoo on Expedition Africa - the largest habitat expansion project to date in its 120-year history.

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OKC ZOO HOSTS SCHOOL MASCOT CHALLENGE

OKC Zoo honors Chinese New Year, Year of the Tiger, with offer of free Zoo admission for Oklahoma schools that permanently change their mascot to represent any living wildlife species. The tiger is Oklahoma’s most popular high school mascot and also threatened with extinction along with 20% of all high school mascots in the state.

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JOIN OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU FOR A WILD GROUNDHOG DAY CELEBRATION WITH THE ZOO’S BEARS

Experience the Zoo’s wild take on Groundhog Day with weather predicting grizzlies, family-friendly activities, animal enrichment, Facebook Live videos and photo opportunities.

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