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Official OKC Zoo Press Releases

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OKC ZOO CELEBRATES MILESTONE BIRTHDAY FOR SILVERBACK GORILLA, LOCAL BAKERY GIVES BACK - 2015

He may have some silver hair, but he’s proving to be young-at-heart! Western lowland, silverback gorilla, Tatu (TATTOO), one of the Zoo’s most beloved male gorillas, will celebrate his 40th birthday this month and we are ready to party!

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES NAME OF NEWEST ASIAN ELEPHANT CALF: ACHARA - 2015

The Oklahoma City Zoo announced the name of its newest Asian elephant calf on Monday, January 12, 2015, during a Naming Contest Reveal Reception. A naming contest began December 29, 2014, to help the Zoo choose between four names selected by the Zoo’s pachyderm keeper team. The name, Achara, was chosen by approximately 13,000 online votes and received more than 50 percent of the total votes.

OKLAHOMA MUSEUM ASSOCIATION HONORS ZOO EMPLOYEE WITH TOP AWARD - 2015

The Oklahoma Museum Association (OMA) recently announced recipients of its Laura McDonagh Streich Award for Service to the Profession, including Oklahoma City Zoo archivist, Sherri Scarth Vance. The OMA’s awards program honors the excellence and quality of projects accomplished by its members, and their contributions that have impacted Oklahoma museums and the overall museum profession.

HELP NAME THE OKC ZOO’S NEW ELEPHANT CALF - 2014

Our BIG bundle of joy has arrived! Help the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden name its new female, Asian elephant calf, born Monday, December 22, 2014, at 1:35 p.m., weighing 332 pounds.

OKC ZOO CELEBRATES THE BIRTH OF ITS SECOND ASIAN ELEPHANT

Four little feet, two little ears, one little trunk! Guess who’s here? The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is excited to welcome a 332-pound, female Asian elephant born on Monday, December 22, 2014, inside the Zoo’s Elephant Habitat.

OKC ZOO HOSTS JOB FAIR TO FULFILL POSITIONS FOR 2015 SEASON - 12 14

The OKC Zoo is hiring! Answer the call of the wild and learn how you can join our team. The Zoo is hosting a job fair from January 23-24, 2015, to hire for part-time positions for its upcoming season. This is your chance to work at one of Oklahoma City’s top attractions and experience the fun, friendly, unique work environment.

OKC ZOO’S WILD AFRICAN DOG PUPS HAVE NAMES - 2014

The Zoo’s 5-week old African wild dog pups, all weighing approximately 6-pounds, have names! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s animal care team selected the following names to pay tribute to their golden retriever, surrogate mom, Lilly, and their African heritage.

INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute Shares Expertise with OKC Zoo for Upcoming Elephant Birth

A unique partnership pairing the INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute and the INTEGRIS Foundation with the Oklahoma City Zoo is providing invaluable expertise to the Zoo’s elephant conservation program. Planning and extensive preparations have been underway for the imminent birth of only the second elephant in the Zoo’s history. After a 22-month gestation, 19-year-old elephant Asha will give birth sometime before the end of 2014.

OKC ZOO HOSTS ANNUAL AMERICA RECYLES DAY EVENT,CELL PHONE CHALLENGE

Renew, reuse, and recycle! For “America Recycles Day”, the Zoo invites everyone to come and learn how to repurpose with purpose. The Zoo’s Cell Phone Challenge also kicks off this month. Collect the most cell phones and win the Ultimate Zoo Prize Package.

GOLDEN RETRIEVER BECOMES SURROGATE MOTHER TO A LITTER OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN WILD DOGS BORN AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has found an unsung hero in a golden retriever named Lilly who is helping save a litter of endangered African Wild Dogs by becoming their surrogate mother.

OKC ZOO’S HAUNT THE ZOO SHOWS WILD SIDE OF HALLOWEEN - 2014

When it comes to celebrating Halloween, nobody does it bigger and better than the OKC Zoo. The Zoo’s premiere Halloween event, Haunt the Zoo, has been growing strong since the 80s, mixing the fun of traditional trick-or-treating with the uniqueness of the Zoo and millions of pieces of candy for thousands of Oklahomans. Presented by the Children’s Hospital Volunteers and Kohl’s Cares, Haunt the Zoo runs Sunday, October 26, through Friday, October 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly (rain or shine)

FALL INTO SOME FUN THIS SEASON AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - 2014

Fall break is fun for everyone at the OKC Zoo! Day camps for the little ones, pumpkin treats for the animals and more! Safari Day Camps are Thursday, October 16, and Friday, October 17, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (extended stay option until 3:30 p.m.) Chomp & Stomp is Friday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

OKC ZOO HOSTS 3rd ANNUAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP AND PUMPKIN DROP - 2014

Be Eek-o-friendly and get into the HallowGreen spirit! The Zoo is hosting its 3rd annual Halloween Costume Swap and annual Pumpkin Drive. Donate and swap gently used costumes Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Global Plaza, rain or shine. No Zoo admission is required.

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO COLLABORATES WITH CINCINNATI ZOO TO ESTABLISH A NEW HOME FOR INFANT GORILLA - 2014

Kamina, a female Western lowland gorilla, born at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden on August 16, 2014, is on her way to become part of a gorilla family at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio. The OKC Zoo has been working closely with the Cincinnati Zoo, a fellow Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) member, to successfully move Kamina to their zoo where she will be introduced to a surrogate gorilla mother.

OKC ZOO ANNOUCES BOOK FEATURING 50 YEARS OF PROGRESS - 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is proud to announce the release of “Oklahoma City Zoo: 1960-2013” by Amy Dee Stephens, the Zoo’s naturalist instructor supervisor.

WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA BORN AT THE OKC ZOO - 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has a new arrival–-a female Western lowland gorilla. The baby gorilla was born in the early hours of Saturday, August 16, 2014, inside a Great EscApe day room to mother Ndjole (pronounced In-jōlee) and father Togo (pronounced Toe-go).

OKC ZOO HOSTS WORLD ELEPHANT DAY, BRINGS ATTENTION TO ELEPHANT CONSERVATION EFFORTS - 2014

We love elephants. Do you? The Oklahoma City Zoo is proud to partner with the Wildlife Conservation Society and their 96 Elephants Campaign to celebrate the most amazing animals on the planet, elephants. Join us at the Zoo on World Elephant Day, Tuesday, August 12, as we come together to learn about elephants and how we can take action to save them. Elephant-related activities are planned at the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are free with paid admission.


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