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OKC ZOO TO HOST FIFTH ANNUAL ART GONE WILD ANIMAL ART SHOW - 2014

From gorillas to giraffes and stingrays to sea lions, art is created using a wild palette at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Zoo will be hosting its fifth annual Art Gone Wild art show at the a.k.a. gallery (3001 Paseo) in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District from August 1-30, 2014. The public is also invited to the exhibition’s opening night, Friday, August 1, from 6 -10 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Walk.

OKC ZOO EMPLOYEE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SERVICE - 2014

In March 1984, Donna Mobbs began her career at the Oklahoma City Zoo as the administrator coordinator to the executive director--a position she’s proudly held for 30 years.

INDIAN RHINO NAME ANNOUNCED AT OKC ZOO

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s 3-week-old male Indian rhino has a name, and it’s a tribute to his mom and grandma.

OKC ZOO OPENS VOTING FOR NAMING NEW RHINO CALF - 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoo's new male Indian rhinoceros calf, born Saturday, June 21, needs a name! In response, the Zoo and NewsOk.com are giving Oklahomans the chance to vote on a name for the precious pachyderm.

OKC ZOO MAKES HISTORY, REACHES ONE MILLION MARK - 2014

It’s not a mystery who made history. Today, June 25, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., the millionth guest came through the Zoo’s turnstiles setting a record for the Zoo during a fiscal year and during its 110th birthday year. Megan Tracy, and her two sons, Caden, 6, and Cason, 3, drove two hours from Hobart and became the Zoo’s “one in a million.” They received a surprise safari adventure worth a million good memories from the Zoo and Oklahoma Zoological Society, including a 5-year, ZooFriends’ membership,

INDIAN RHINO BORN AT OKC ZOO - 2014

It’s a rhino! It’s a boy rhino! Niki, the Zoo’s 7-year-old female, greater one-horned Indian rhinoceros gave birth at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. Mom Niki came to the Zoo in 2009 from the Bronx Zoo and father Chandra, 28, has been at the Zoo since 1990. The new male calf is the first offspring for Niki and the fourth Indian rhino born at the Zoo since the Zoo added the species in 1981.

IT’S A MILLION OR BUST AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - 2014

Are you the Zoo’s one in a million? It’s a million visitors or bust for the Oklahoma City Zoo, which hopes to welcome its millionth visitor through the turnstiles before June 30, 2014. The Zoo is within thousands of reaching one million visitors for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, a first in Zoo history. Not to mention, setting this attendance record during the Zoo’s 110th birthday year would be icing on the cake!

OKLAHOMANS CAN SHOW PRIDE, VOTE FOR OKC ZOO - 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoo has been nominated for "Best U.S. Zoo" and the public is invited to vote through May 19, 2014, at noon. One vote may be cast per day via the Zoo’s website at www.okczoo.com or www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-us-zoo.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTHS OF RED RIVER HOG PIGLETS - 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is excited to announce the arrival of three red river hog piglets, born on April 29, 2014.

Founders of "Dancing Bears" Rescue Project in India to Speak at OKC Zoo - 2014

Co-founders of Wildlife SOS, will present “Saving Wildlife in India, Some Conservation Success Stories” at the OKC Zoo as part of a nationwide tour of zoos across the United States accredited through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

OKC ZOO NAMES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO - 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoological Trust is proud to announce Dwight Lawson, PhD, as the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Executive Director/CEO.

OKC ZOO AND DR PEPPER ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF VENDING MACHINE ART CONTEST - 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper announce the winners of the 2014 Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest. The Zoo received almost 1,500 entries from students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, representing 84 schools and home schools across 44 Oklahoma towns/cities.

OKC ZOO SADDENED BY DEATH OF GIRAFFE CALF - 2014

Kyah, a 6-month-old female giraffe born at the Oklahoma City Zoo on September 26, 2013, died April 8, 2014, when attempts to repair what Zoo animal care staff and a team of veterinarians at Oklahoma State University believed was a persistent right aortic arch (PRAA) were unsuccessful.

OKC ZOO HOSTS ANNUAL HOPABALOO EASTER EVENT - 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoo will host its annual HOPabaloo “egg”stravaganza with an assortment of family friendly activities on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

OKC ZOO HOSTS GIVE FOR GORILLAS CELL PHONE CHALLENGE - 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoo invites you to help save gorillas by donating old or used cell phones to the Give for Gorillas Cell Phone Challenge. The group or individual collecting the most phones will win a prize package from the Zoo!

OKC ZOO AND DR PEPPER HOST 10th ANNUAL STUDENT ART CONTEST - 02 14

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper invite Oklahoma students to participate in the 10th annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest for a chance to win cash prizes and have their design displayed on a Dr Pepper machine at the Zoo.


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