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Zoo Trust

Public trust of the State of Oklahoma

Zoo Trust

The Oklahoma City Zoological Trust is a public trust of the State of Oklahoma with the City of Oklahoma City as beneficiary, is the governing authority of the Oklahoma City Zoological Park. The Trust reviews all major financial expenditures; sets policy for the Zoo based on the study of recommendations from the Zoo's professional staff; and employs the Zoo's Executive Director/CEO. The Trust oversees all major building projects, exhibits and public events. The Trust's members assist in community and government relations and serve as advocates for the Zoo in issues affecting property and programs.

The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS) serves as the trustor of the Zoo and is responsible for recommending the appointment of six of the nine trustees to the Mayor of the City of Oklahoma City. In accordance with the charter of the Trust, six of its governing trustees must be OZS members. The remaining three are the Mayor, City Council member and the City Manager. The City Council confirms the mayor's appointment of the trustees.

The Oklahoma City Zoological Trust meets the fourth Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. Meetings take place at the Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center, located on the east end of the Zoo’s parking lot. See below to download a copy of the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust’s bylaws.

Current Trust Members:


  • Don Kaspereit, Chairperson
  • Darryl Schmidt, Vice Chairperson
  • Kristi Mathis-Mikawa, Secretary 
  • Keith Peters, Assistant Secretary
  • Cindy Batt
  • Alice Pippin
  • Nikki Nice, Ward 7 Councilwoman
  • David Holt, Mayor
  • Heather Ross, Surrogate to the Mayor
  • Craig Freeman, City Manager
  • Laura Johnson, Surrogate to City Manager



Trust Resources:

Trust Bylaws 

Trust Indenture

View Trust Agendas and Minutes

Open Records Request

The Oklahoma City Zoological Trust meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. All meetings are held at 3:30 PM in the Rosser Conservation Education Center unless otherwise notified.

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