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CIRCLE OF LIFE PHOTOGRAPHER TO SPEAK AT OKC ZOO - 08 15

The Oklahoma City Zoo will host Dan Myburg, inspirational photographer and conservationist, as he presents his new book, “Circle of Life”. The book, complemented with poems written by his wife, Charmaine, visually captures the distinctive treasury of wildlife thriving and threatened near Botswana, South Africa.

OKC ZOO STAFF RESPONDS TO INCIDENT - 8 15

At approximately 8:40 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at the Oklahoma City Zoo, a female Zoo keeper was stung by a cownose stingray at Stingray Bay during a routine animal care procedure where the animal was required to be out of the water.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES RECORD ATTENDANCE - 8 15

Despite one of the rainiest springs on record, the OKC Zoo rebounded in June with 138,470 guests – an all-time record for the month. The Zoo ended its fiscal year (July 2014 through June 2015) with 1,046,074 guests – topping last fiscal year and setting an annual attendance record for the second consecutive year.

OKC ZOO TO HOST SIXTH ANNUAL ART GONE WILD, ANIMAL ART SHOW

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 sixth annual Art Gone Wild art show at the a.k.a. gallery (3001 Paseo) in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District from August 7-29, 2015.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES ADDITION TO ITS CHIMPANZEE FAMILY

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the addition of Kirsty, a 14-year-old female chimpanzee, to the Zoo's 1,500-strong animal collection.

OKC ZOO WELCOMES TWO RESCUED SEA LIONS, ONE DOES NOT SURVIVE - 07 15

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden recently welcomed two rescued male California sea lions, Hendrix, 3, and Jaxon, 2, from The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. Sadly, Friday morning, July 2, 2015, just days after the new sea lions had completed a standard 30-day quarantine protocol, marine mammal zoo keepers found Jaxon deceased in his habitat at the Zoo’s Noble Aquatic Center: Aquaticus.

OKC ZOO TO HOST ANNUAL BOWLING FOR RHINOS CONSERVATION FUNDRAISER - 7 15

Take part in the Oklahoma City Zoo’s annual conservation fundraiser to help save wild rhinoceros populations and their habitat with the roll of a bowling ball! The Zoo's chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) will host the 21st annual Bowling for Rhinos event on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The cost is $25 per person, which includes shoe rental, three games of bowling, food, a T-shirt and door prize opportunities. Join the fun at 6 p.m. at Heritage Lanes.

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.


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