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OKC Zoo News Releases

BE A SECRET SANTA FOR THE ANIMALS AT THE OKC ZOO

Enrich the lives of the Zoo’s animals by giving new wildlife toys

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ANNUAL “SANTA DELIVERS” EVENT BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER TO OKC ZOO ANIMALS & GUESTS

Santa brings gifts to animals at Sanctuary Asia, offers Zoo guests free photo opportunity

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OKC ZOO KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAYS WITH HIPPO SING-ALONG EVENT

Gayla Peevey celebrates 65th anniversary of holiday hit with live performance at the OKC Zoo

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TAKE A STEP SAFARI AT THE OKC ZOO FOR POST-THANKSGIVING FUN

Go wild this Thanksgiving break and get your steps in as you connect with nature and wildlife!

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OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO’S 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Surprise the wildlife lover in your life with a ZOO-nique experience

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FINAL DAYS OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO EXHIBITION AT OKC ZOO

Collections from Joel Sartore’s “Photo Ark” and “Uncertain Futures” spotlight urgent need for conservation

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NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Connect with wildlife, discover conservation efforts, join educational events at the OKC Zoo

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OKC ZOO PARTNERS WITH 21C MUSEUM HOTEL ON EXCLUSIVE OFFER

Unique opportunity for travelers to connect with wildlife while experiencing Oklahoma City’s award-winning museum, hotel

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THE SMASHING “CHOMP AND STOMP” TRADITION CONTINUES AT OKC ZOO

Pumpkin season means festive animal enrichment activities

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OKC ZOO MARKS 35 YEARS OF HAUNT THE ZOO; ADDS NEW 21+ EVENT TO HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION

Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Oklahoma’s favorite Halloween tradition, Haunt the Zoo, features new tricks and classic treats

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AND BABY MAKES SEVEN… OKC ZOO CELEBRATES NEW ADDITION TO ASIAN ELEPHANT HERD

Mother, Asha, and female newborn are in good health after late-night delivery

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MONARCH MADNESS 5K/FUN RUN PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU AND MONARCH FESTIVAL TAKE FLIGHT AT OKC ZOO

Event aims to raise awareness, funds for monarch conservation

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OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO SADDENED TO ANNOUNCE DEATH OF INDIAN RHINO

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is sad to announce the death of male Indian rhinoceros, Chandra, 33

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OKC ZOO INVITES WORLD TO EXPERIENCE SANCTUARY ASIA

Oklahoma’s oldest and largest cultural attraction grows with stunning expansion dedicated to wildlife from Asia

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OKC ZOO CARETAKER WINS ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS HEROES CONTEST

Lead Herpetology Caretaker Josh Lucas will represent OKC Zoo in 2019 national media campaign

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OKC ZOO GORILLA UNDERGOES FIRST-EVER ROBOT-ASSISTED SURGERY

Zoo partners with medical specialists to perform historic surgery, provide best health care for critically endangered animal

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES WORLD RHINO DAY & WORLD GORILLA DAY ACTIVITIES PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Make a ruckus for wildlife with two days dedicated to raising conservation awareness

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITION TO LEADERSHIP TEAM

Zoo Welcomes Curator of Carnivores and Hoofstock Tyler Boyd

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HERPETARIUM HAPPENINGS: MEET THE NEW ADDITIONS TO THE OKC ZOO

Yucatan box turtle hatchlings and endangered Mang Mountain pit viper join animal family.

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OKC ZOO TO HOST EXHIBITION FEATURING PHOTOS FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S JOEL SARTORE

Collections from “Photo Ark” and “Uncertain Futures” spotlight urgent need for conservation

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THE CONTAINER STORE TO SUPPORT ZOOFRIENDS WITH PORTION OF GRAND OPENING WEEKEND SALES

Leading storage and organization retailer opening in Oklahoma City, first in the state

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OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO AND RED CROSS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Blood drives scheduled to help save lives. All those coming to give receive two free OKC Zoo vouchers

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL NATIONAL DOG DAY EVENTS PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Plus, meet Max, the Zoo’s first canine animal ambassador on Sunday, August 26

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES WORLD ELEPHANT DAY ACTIVITIES PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Games, crafts, bio-facts and more scheduled for the event this Sunday, August 12

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AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Engaging events and programs provide opportunities to connect with wildlife, conservation efforts

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OKC ZOO DEVELOPING “PARTIAL HAND-REARING” TECHNIQUE WITH NEWBORN FLAMINGO CHICK

Hatchling Will Benefit from Group Socialization at Island Life Habitat

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES WORLD TIGER DAY ACTIVITIES PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Festivities Will Also Celebrate Tiger Cubs’ First Birthdays

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OKC ZOO’S ANNUAL RHINO FUNDRAISER REWARDS AMAZING BOWLERS WITH EVEN MORE AMAZING RHINO EXPERIENCES

Local event for national fundraiser, Bowling for Rhinos, challenges Oklahomans to improve their game and conserve rhinos.

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STAY COOL THIS SUMMER AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO

How OKC Zoo Animals Beat the Heat, Plus Summer Tips for Guests

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OKC ZOO HOSTING MONARCH CONSERVATION WORKSHOP

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is hosting a monarch conservation “train-the-trainer” workshop on Monday, July 9, and Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

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OKC ZOO SADDENED TO ANNOUNCE DEATH OF PYGMY HIPPO FRANCESCA

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is saddened to announce the death of female pygmy hippopotamus Francesca, 26, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

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OKC ZOO CELEBRATES SALES TAX APPRECIATION DAY JULY 10 WITH FREE ADMISSION

This year marks the twenty-eighth anniversary of the 1/8 of a cent dedicated sales tax being passed by Oklahoma City citizens for the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, and to celebrate, the Zoo is offering free admission to guests on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

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OKC ZOO, REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF OKLAHOMA AND NEWS 9 PARTNER TO “PACK” THE PANTRY

The Oklahoma City Zoo and News 9 are partnering to fight hunger and “pack” school pantries in central and western Oklahoma by raising food donations for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

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WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA BORN AT THE OKC ZOO

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has a new arrival–a male Western lowland gorilla. The baby gorilla was born in the early hours of Tuesday, June 19, inside the Great EscApe day room to mother Ndjole (pronounced In-jōlee) and father Togo (pronounced Toe-go). This marks the 27th gorilla born at the Oklahoma City Zoo since 1974.

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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU ANNOUNCE WORLD GIRAFFE DAY ACTIVITIES

World Giraffe Day, presented by Bob Moore Subaru, is a worldwide celebration initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to generate support, raise awareness and bring attention to the challenges giraffes face in the wild.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES TWO ADDITIONS TO LEADERSHIP TEAM

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome Dr. Brad Lock, curator of herpetology and aquatics, and James Pratt, director of risk management, to its leadership team.

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JUNE AND JULY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City’s beloved, outdoor concert venue, kicks off its summer season on Sunday, June 10, 2018 with John Fogerty and ZZ Top and continues through August.

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OKC ZOO ACHIEVES CERTIFICATION AS SENSORY INCLUSIVE ZOO

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has proudly partnered with KultureCity to become certified as a sensory inclusive zoo.

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NEW GENERATION OF OKC ZOO ZOOMOBILES, “ZOObarus” POWERED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU

Bob Moore Subaru is partnering with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden to provide two 2018 Subaru Outbacks for the Zoo’s educational outreach programs bringing the message of animal conservation to rural and under-served communities across Oklahoma.

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OKC ZOO GUESTS ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE HALF A CENTURY OF CINDY THE CHIMP

Guests visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden this Saturday, June 2, are invited to celebrate half a century of Cindy the chimpanzee in the Great EscApe outdoor habitat from 10-11 a.m.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTHS OF RED RIVER HOG PIGLETS

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is hog wild about three new arrivals.

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OKC ZOO AND STONECLOUD BREWING COMPANY PARTNER FOR TURTLE CONSERVATION

A special batch of Stonecloud’s Turtlehead Stout, appropriately called the “Turtle” Turtlehead Stout, made with caramel, cacao and toasted pecans, will benefit the TSA.

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OKC ZOO ABUZZ ABOUT NEW ON-SITE BEEHIVES

The bees will contribute to the pollination process across the OKC Zoo’s 120-acres, keeping the more than 20 designated horticultural displays naturally vibrant and thriving.

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OKC ZOO SEEKING VOTES TO NAME ITS ENDANGERED FISHING CAT KITTEN

The Oklahoma City Zoo is seeking the public’s participation with naming its male fishing cat kitten. Voting is now open on the OKC Zoo’s Facebook page and will remain live until Thursday, May 10, 2018.

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OKC ZOO HOSTS STAR WARS-INSPIRED ANIMAL ENRICHMENT EVENT

Celebrate the cute creatures that bind our galaxy together at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s second annual Star Wars inspired animal enrichment event on Friday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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MAY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Tickets are now available for OKC Zoo’s new 21-and-up event series, Wild Noise: Concerts for Conservation, presented by Bob Moore Subaru, featuring some of Oklahoma’s most talented songwriters.

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OKC ZOO, METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM LAUNCH STATEWIDE LITERACY PROGRAM

“Read for Adventure” enables library card holders to check out the original children’s book, Our Day at the Zoo, from any of the 247 public library locations within the state to receive four general admission ticket vouchers to the OKC Zoo.

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OKC ZOO AND DR PEPPER ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF ANNUAL ART CONTEST

It is with great excitement that the Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper announce the winners of the 14th annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest.

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TURTLE SURVIVAL ALLIANCE LAUNCHES RESCUE MISSION TO SAVE 11,000 CRITICALLY ENDANGERED TORTOISES

Experts from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and several zoos and aquariums have been dispatched with medical supplies, and will administer medical care for the sick or injured tortoises and general animal care.

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OKC ZOO CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS AN ACCREDITED BOTANICAL GARDEN, LIVING MUSEUM

In the last 20 years, the OKC Zoo’s botanical collection has grown in size and scope through the acquisition of new plants and gardens by way of major habitat installations and expansions.

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OKC ZOO CELEBRATES GLOBAL EARTH DAY PARTY

Go wild this Earth Day and observe this global occurrence with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden! The OKC Zoo is hosting a weekend celebration, Saturday, April 21– Sunday, April 22 that will include its annual Party for the Planet™ event presented by Bob Moore Subaru.

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OKC ZOO LAUNCHES NEW EVENT SERIES, WILD NOISE: CONCERTS FOR CONSERVATION

The Oklahoma City Zoo is hosting a new concert series, Wild Noise: Concerts for Conservation, presented by Bob Moore Subaru, every Friday evening in May at the OKC Zoo's newly remodeled picnic grounds

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OKC ZOO’S SCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMPS CONTINUE FOR SECOND WEEK FOR TEACHER WORK STOPPAGE

In the event of a continued teacher/public employee work stoppage, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s education department will host School’s Out Day Camps for children ages 4 to 11 from Monday, April 9 to Friday, April 13.

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OKC ZOO SADDENED TO ANNOUNCE DEATH OF FEMALE AFRICAN LION

18-year-old Bridget Garnered Global Interest for Her Mysterious Mane

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APRIL HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Zoo Blooms, Read Across Oklahoma, Safari Soiree, Party for the Planet and More

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OKC ZOO EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HOSTS HIRING EVENT THURSDAY, MARCH 29

Put your love for wildlife and wild places to work at the OKC Zoo! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is hosting a hiring event on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for job seekers interested in working for the Zoo’s education department.

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OKC ZOO & NEWS 9 PARTNER TO FEED HUNGRY OKLAHOMA KIDS APRIL 6-8

Zoo guests get half off admission with the donation of food item

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OKC ZOO’S LARGEST BOTANICAL EVENT, ZOO BLOOMS, RETURNS WITH MORE FLORAL FIREWORKS

Waves of flowering tulips provide perfect backdrop for nature and photography enthusiasts!

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OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO STAFF RESPONDS TO SMOKE ALARM AT GREAT ESCAPE HABITAT

Animals Unharmed from Smoldering Spark

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MARCH HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Zoo Blooms Returns, ZOOfriends Discount, Extended Attraction Hours and More

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OKC ZOO'S MALE CLOUDED LEOPARD SCHEDULED FOR WELLNESS EXAM

Clouded leopard Luke, 14, is scheduled for a routine health exam Thursday, March 1 at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital.

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OKC ZOO AND DR PEPPER HOST STATEWIDE STUDENT ART CONTEST

Zoo encourages Oklahoma’s students to inspire action for bird conservation through creative designs, ideas

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OKC ZOO CELEBRATES YEAR OF THE BIRD WITH GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

Initiative provides critical real-time snapshot of native bird population

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OKC ZOO GUESTS WILL LOVE VALENTINE'S DAY-INSPIRED ANIMAL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Special holiday-themed enrichment planned for red pandas, tigers, gorillas, elephants and others

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OKC ZOO HOSTS SPRING/SUMMER HIRING EVENTS

Work on the Wild Side Job Fairs Tuesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 8

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES 2018 ROUND UP FOR CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Major initiatives support African painted dog and rhinoceros conservation efforts

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FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

There's always something happening at the Zoo! See what's in store for February, plus, five gift ideas that will keep you and your valentine wild at heart!

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OKC ZOO INVITES GUESTS TO SEE WHAT'S NEW AT THE ZOO

Baby gorilla, new hippo, tiger cubs and returning sea lion presentation are must-see for Zoo fans

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OKC ZOO & NEWS 9 PARTNER TO FEED HUNGRY OKLAHOMA KIDS

Zoo guests get half off admission with the donation of food item over MLK weekend

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OKC ZOO WELCOMES DREES AND BURNETT TO LEADERSHIP TEAM

New director of human resources and director of animal collections bring expertise and talent

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES FREE SEA LION PRESENTATIONS

Guests are invited to free California sea lion presentations January 6th and 7th

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES NEWBORN GORILLA'S GENDER

A newborn Western lowland gorilla arrived at 8:57 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, inside the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Great EscApe habitat. They have since observed that the baby is a girl. Her name will be revealed in the coming days.

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OKC ZOO WELCOMES THREE 'SWANS-A-SWIMMING'

Iconic holiday trumpeter swans include mating pair Sam & Olivia plus six-month-old cygnet

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OKC ZOO SADDENED TO ANNOUNCE DEATH OF OLDEST FEMALE GIRAFFE IN A UNITED STATES ZOO

Born in 1985, Rothschild’s giraffe Ursula, 32, died at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. Ursula spent 31 years at the OKC Zoo and was the oldest giraffe in a United States zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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OKC ZOO CELEBRATES BIRTH OF CRITICALLY ENDANGERED WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA

First-time mother Mikella welcomes the Zoo’s 26th gorilla baby since 1974

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THE OKC ZOO OFFERS WILDLY UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS FOR ALL

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF ENDANGERED GIRAFFE CALF

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OKC ZOO STATEMENT REGARDING MISINFORMED ALLEGATIONS BY DETRACTORS

“The battle to save elephants from extinction and to preserve the species is waged in the wild and daily at accredited zoos and aquariums including the Oklahoma City Zoo,” said Dr. Dwight Lawson, executive director/CEO.

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Oklahoma City Zoo Receives Quarter Century Award from Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the primary accrediting body for top zoos and aquariums in the United States since 1974, announced today the recipients of the Association’s Quarter Century Award.

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