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Above all else, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is dedicated to the preservation of the Earth's natural resources through conservation, education, awareness and scientific research. In order to fulfill this goal, the Zoo aids in numerous local, national and international conservation projects. Although the Zoo supports too many conservation initiatives to list, here are a few projects in which we are currently involved.

 

 

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

 

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Accredited Member
The Oklahoma City Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of accredited zoos and aquariums in the areas of animal care, wildlife conservation, education and science. AZA is America's leading accrediting organization for zoos and aquariums and accredits only those institutions that have achieved rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science. With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement.


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Species Survival Plans (SSP)

The Zoo works with the AZA and other wildlife institutions to participate in Species Survival Plans (SSP). SSPs are a collective effort from these institutions to ensure the survivability of species from around the world. Through breeding programs and population management, SSPs seek to establish healthy, self-sustaining animal populations that are genetically diverse and demographically stable. Currently the Oklahoma City Zoo is working with 54 endangered or threatened species and 45 SSPs.

 


American or Caribbean Flamingo- Photo by Darcy Henthorn

Hialeah Racetrack Conservation Project - Previous Partnership
In 2007, the Oklahoma City Zoo hatched 11 Caribbean flamingos as part of the Hialeah Racetrack Conservation Project. Working with the Miami Metrozoo and the AZA, the flamingo eggs were collected at the Hialeah Racetrack, which has become home for a colony of wild flamingos.

The eggs add unrelated birds into our Zoo's flock, bringing genetic diversity from the wild without depleting wild birds. This also allows for larger flock numbers, which will increase the potential for successful reproduction.

 

 

Department of Wildlife Conservation


Oklahoma Department of Wildlife (ODWC)
The Zoo has a long history of supplying financial support and personnel to ODWC projects. These projects are not only numerous, but widespread in scope. Each year, the Zoo and ODWC join forces to conduct bat surveys at Oklahoma Wildlife Management Areas as well as breeding bird surveys in northwest Oklahoma. Through these efforts, the Zoo and ODWC have collected scientific data to help us better understand these species and their behavior in the environment.

Winter Bird Survey

Winter bird count in the Cimmaron Hills and Cimmaron Bluffs Wildlife Management Areas

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Lesser Prairie Chicken Saturation Survey

This survey takes place in the Cimmaron Hills and Cimmaron Bluffs Wildlife Management areas and is being used to help lessen the impact of wind farms on this species. Funds from the Zoo may be matched by government grants and the surveys will be conducted from March 25 through the end of April.  Photo by Christopher Taylor

Other projects being considered for Zoo funding:

  • Bat survey - McCurtain County Wilderness area
  • Swift fox track survey
  • Monarch tagging with Monarch Watch
  • Development and dissemination of Public Service Announcements highlighting wildlife species
  • Possible black footed ferret release program in the future
  • Vernal pool creation for amphibian conservation


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The Zoo is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM) as both a living museum and a botanical garden. AZA accredited facilities are dedicated to providing excellent care for their plants and animals, a great experience for guests and a better future for all living things.

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