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

Spring provides inspiration for the first of the Zoo’s seasonal enrichment celebrations for its animals and guests to enjoy.

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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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FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Fall in love with these Zoo happenings: Healthcare Workers and Emergency Responders Appreciation Month, School Mascot Challenge, “Love Your Zoo” Valentines, education day camps, cellphone challenge plus, beloved gift ideas!

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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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OKC ZOO CELEBRATES BIRTH OF ENDANGERED ASIAN ELEPHANT CALF

It’s a boy! Both mother, Asha and newborn calf are healthy, spending time together bonding.

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OKC ZOO WELCOMES ENDANGERED RED PANDA TO ITS ANIMAL FAMILY

Male red panda arrives at the Zoo as part of a Species Survival Plan for red pandas, resides at Sanctuary Asia.

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OKC ZOO SETS NEW ATTENDANCE RECORDS FOR 2021

Zoo celebrates new yearly attendance record for 2021 with 1,088,599 visitors, top monthly attendance for December with 115,028 visitors!

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES NEW CONSERVATION TRAVEL PROGRAM WITH AFRICAN SAFARI IN JUNE 2022

Zoo invites Oklahomans to experience Tanzania’s wildlife migration and the diverse conservation programs the Zoo supports.

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OKC ZOO SETS NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD FOR NOVEMBER

Zoo welcomes 68,838 visitors with significant attendance boost coming from new OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS experience.

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DECEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS, DINO SAFARI free with Zoo admission in December, Winter Hours, Education Programs, School’s Out Day Camps and Holiday Gift Ideas!

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS

Bright lights, big happenings this November with OKC ZOO SAFARI LIGHTS, Military Appreciation Month, community food drive, education programs and more!

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OKC ZOO PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF PREDATOR PASS

New, state-of-the-art Predator Pass habitat highlights two iconic African predator species.

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EXCLUSIVE, NEW BEER ON TAP BENEFITS OKC ZOO’S CONSERVATION EFFORTS

Stonecloud Brewing Company and Lively Beerworks’ “Lions, Tigers & Beers” launches at the OKC Zoo

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OKC ZOO HOSTS ANNUAL CHOMP AND STOMP, AUTUMN ANIMAL ENRICHMENT EVENT

Enjoy gourds of fun and watch as Zoo animals go wild for pumpkin treats!

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OCTOBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Giving you PUMPKIN to talk about with the Zoo’s October events, featuring Haunt the Zoo and more!

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES 2021 LIVING CLASSROOM GRANT RECIPIENTS

School grant program aims to increase pollinator habitat and teach children how to conserve monarchs.

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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU HOST WORLD GORILLA DAY ACTIVITIES

Answer the call, take action for gorilla conservation this World Gorilla Day, Friday, September 24 at the Zoo.

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OKC ZOO AWARDED AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN GRANT FROM OKLAHOMA HUMANITIES FOR ITS ZOOZEUM

Funding to provide operational support for the Zoo’s Patricia & Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum , the only zoo history museum in the nation.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF SECOND GIRAFFE CALF

Worth the wait! Zoo’s giraffe, Julu, delivers her first calf, second giraffe birth this summer.

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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL RED PANDA DAY

Come to the celebration dressed in red to show your support and earn your Red Panda Ranger badge.

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SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Tickets on sale for fall favorites – ZOObrew, Haunt the Zoo, Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up plus, Curbside Chronicle Free Zoo Ticket Offer, Animal Awareness Days and more!

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES WORLD ELEPHANT DAY ACTIVITIES, AUGUST 12

Daytime fun with animal awareness activities at the Zoo presented by Bob Moore Subaru, evening fundraiser at Chicken N Pickle all in support of Asian elephant conservation.

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OCCHD, OKC ZOO PARTNERING FOR COVID-19 VACCINE EVENT

OKC Zoo offering voucher for free general admission to people who get vaccinated.

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ANNUAL BEER-TASTING EVENT, ZOOBREW, RETURNS TO THE OKC ZOO, OCTOBER 1

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 13 for ZOObrew, Oklahoma’s largest outdoor beer festival, featuring over 60 breweries.

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OKC ZOO AND PEPSI ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF ANNUAL STATEWIDE STUDENT ART CONTEST

Oklahoma’s talented students inspire change to support recycling, conservation through artistic expression.

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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY

Celebrate the Zoo’s small cat family, enjoy educational activities and Facebook live videos.

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THUMBS UP FOR ANNUAL ASIAN ELEPHANT AWARENESS MONTH

Month-long happenings invite fans to support Asian elephant conservation with #ThumbsUpTrunksUp digital media campaign, World Elephant Day activities, unique local fundraisers.

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AUGUST HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

Endless fun awaits with free weekday afternoons, family-friendly events, conservation fundraisers, ZOOfriends’ annual photo contest, Asian Elephant Awareness Month, animal days and more!

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES ARRIVAL OF BAT-EARED FOXES

Zoo welcomes pair of African bat-eared foxes to its animal family.

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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU HOST WORLD SNAKE DAY ACTIVITIES

Celebrate some of the Zoo’s most diverse creatures, enjoy educational activities, Facebook live videos plus, the Zoo’s anaconda will receive its annual wellness exam.

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JOIN THE OKC ZOO AND ACCEPT THE PLASTIC FREE ECOCHALLENGE

Team up with the OKC Zoo in July for this global challenge, help reduce single-use plastics.

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JULY HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO

OKC Zoo invites fans to enjoy family-friendly events, exciting programs, contests, animal awareness and enrichment days plus, much more.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTHS OF TWO THREATENED REPTILE SPECIES

Births of Eastern massasauga rattlesnake snakelets and black tree monitor hatchlings contribute to the conservation of these rare reptiles.

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OKC ZOO AND OG&E HOST NEW SEASON OF READ FOR ADVENTURE, STATEWIDE LIBRARY PROGRAM

Read for Adventure, promotes reading, family togetherness and monarch conservation while providing a wild offer – complimentary Zoo admission!

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OKC ZOO CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH WITH FREE GENERAL ADMISSION ON MONDAY, JUNE 21

OKC ZOO CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH WITH FREE GENERAL ADMISSION ON MONDAY, JUNE 21

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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU CELEBRATE WORLD GIRAFFE DAY, JUNE 21

Stand tall for giraffe conservation, enjoy family-friendly activities, Facebook Live videos, photo opportunities and more.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF ENDANGERED GIRAFFE CALF

OKC Zoo’s giraffe matriarch, Ellie, welcomes a male calf, her sixth offspring to be born at the Zoo.

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OKLAHOMA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY BOARD HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS) is pleased to announce the hiring of Mandy Heaps as Executive Director.

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OKC ZOO HAPPENINGS IN JUNE

Summer up with the new Breakfast with the Animals presented by Nutella® series, DINO SAFARI, Sip & Stroll 21+ events, World Giraffe Day, early Zoo hours, education camps, lion/painted dog cam and more!

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OKC ZOO’S NEW ANIMAL CAM PROVIDES VIEWS OF AFRICAN LIONS AND PAINTED DOGS

Live look at Lion Overlook offers virtual safari, opportunity to view two iconic African species.

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