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OKC ZOO SADDENED BY DEATH OF SEA LION PUP - 06 15

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is deeply saddened to announce that the sixth California sea lion pup born at the Zoo died shortly after birth Tuesday morning, June 23, 2015, inside the Zoo’s Noble Aquatics Center. The female pup was the second offspring of Zoo favorites Pearl, 12, and Xander, 12, both rescued animals who came to the Zoo from Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, California, in 2003.

OKC ZOO PROUD TO ANNOUNCE BIRTH OF GIRAFFE - 06 15

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s newest arrival is standing tall and proud for all to see! A female giraffe calf was born in the early morning on Monday, June 22, 2015. The brand-new herd member already stands more than 5 feet tall and is the fourth offspring born to 15-year-old parents, Ellie and Bogy.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES WORLD OCEANS DAY EVENT AND OCEAN CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP - 2015

What’s the commotion about the ocean? Come, find out on Friday, June 5, 2015, as the Oklahoma City Zoo hosts a World Oceans Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with family-fun activities in the Noble Aquatic Center: Aquaticus. Also, KIND Healthy Snacks will be joining the celebration by hosting a Kindness Safari inspired by animals. The day’s activities are free with paid Zoo admission.

OKC ZOO JOINS NATIONAL EFFORT TO HELP SAVE ANIMALS FROM EXTINCTION

May 15, 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, and to highlight the growing importance of working to save our world’s natural resources, the Oklahoma City Zoo is joining a national effort organized by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) to raise awareness of the efforts to save animals from extinction and help launch AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE).

OKC ZOO’S PATRICIA AND BYRON J. GAMBULOS ZOOZEUM EXHIBIT CELEBRATES GRIZZLY BEARS’ NAMESAKES: WILL ROGERS AND WILEY

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden celebrates its popular grizzly bears–who are named after two famous Oklahomans, Will Rogers and Wiley Post! An exhibit titled Will and Wiley: The Bears, The Men, is viewable at the Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum, the Zoo’s onsite history museum, now through September 27, 2015. Artifacts include enrichment toys played with by the bears, a spinning rope and hat worn by Will Rogers, and a prototype high-pressure helmet invented by Wiley Post.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES ARRIVAL OF ASIAN ELEPHANTS - 2015

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is proud to announce the arrival of Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, from Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) in Seattle, who have been temporarily residing at the San Diego Zoo. The elephants safely stepped onto Oklahoma City soil Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 3:00 a.m.

Asian Elephants on Road to OKC

SEATTLE—Asian elephants, Chai and Bamboo, departed San Diego Zoo this evening to continue their journey to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Court Denies Motion for Temporary Restraining Order

SEATTLE - The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington today denied a second request for an injunction preventing Woodland Park Zoo from transporting
Bamboo and Chai to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

UPDATE: Tiger incident at OKC Zoo on Thursday, April 30

UPDATE: Tiger incident at OKC Zoo on Thursday, April 30
DETAILS: Oklahoma City Zoo staff have evaluated the Sumatran tiger enclosure at Cat Forest and reviewed the incident of Thursday, April 30, 2015.

OKC ZOO STAFF RESPONDS TO TIGER INCIDENT - 4 15

At approximately 1:38 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Oklahoma City Zoo, a four-year-old, female Sumatran tiger was spotted in an enclosed space between two exhibits of the Cat Forest habitat.

Peanut Butter Balls a Hit for Woodland Park Zoo Elephants at San Diego Zoo

SEATTLE - Woodland Park Zoo’s female Asian elephants Bamboo and Chai are indulging in peanut butter balls and fruitsicles at their temporary home at San Diego Zoo.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTHS OF RED RIVER HOG PIGLETS - 2015

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is squealing in excitement and announcing the arrival of five red river hog piglets, born on April 6, 2015.

WOODLAND PARK ZOO ELEPHANTS CONTINUE TO DO WELL AT SAN DIEGO ZOO

SEATTLE - Woodland Park Zoo’s female Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, continue to do well at San Diego Zoo.

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO CELEBRATES EARTH DAY PARTY

What better place to celebrate Earth Day than the Oklahoma City Zoo? The public is invited to the Zoo’s Party for the Planet™, family-fun Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WOODLAND PARK ZOO ELEPHANTS RESTING AT SAN DIEGO ZOO

SEATTLE - Woodland Park Zoo’s female Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, spent the weekend at San Diego Zoo after their trip to Oklahoma City Zoo was rerouted due to a storm in Colorado and Wyoming that was expected to increase in severity. The pair continues to rest in comfort.

INCLEMENT WEATHER REROUTES WOODLAND PARK ZOO ELEPHANTS

Two days ago, Woodland Park Zoo’s female Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, departed on a custom-built elephant transport vehicle for their new home at Oklahoma City Zoo. The caravan had to change their route in Salt Lake City due to a storm in Colorado and Wyoming that was expected to increase in severity. Because the reroute would have extended the trip a day longer, a decision was made for veterinary precautions to go to San Diego Zoo and allow the elephants to rest.

OKC ZOO PLANNING FOURTH BIRTHDAY BASH FOR YOUNG ELEPHANT, MALEE - 2015

The Oklahoma City Zoo invites the public to celebrate Malee’s Fourth Birthday Bash on Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 1 - 3 p.m. with cake for thousands, party favors for guests and elephants, and more!

ELEPHANTS, BAMBOO AND CHAI, ARE ON THE ROAD TO OKLAHOMA CITY

A new chapter began for female Asian elephants Bamboo and Chai when they stepped into elephant-sized travel crates, were loaded on the flatbed truck, and left Woodland Park Zoo for their new home at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The truck pulled out at 6:15 p.m. PST today, April 15.


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