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Official OKC Zoo Press Releases

Click on the news releases below to read about the latest OKC Zoo happenings.

OKC ZOO HOSTS BELOVED GORILLA’S THIRD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s beloved toddler gorilla, Leom, is turning three and, to celebrate, the Zoo is hosting a “super hero” themed birthday celebration on Valentine’s Day at 2 p.m.

OKC ZOO TO REVEAL NAMES OF NEW FEMALE SWIFT FOXES

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, our sweet, foxy ladies will finally have names! Zoo staff will be announcing the winning names for three new, female swift foxes.

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO SADDENED TO ANNOUNCE DEATH OF ADULT FEMALE ASIAN ELEPHANT

The staff at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is sad to announce the death of female Asian elephant Chai, 37. Zoo keepers discovered her in the elephant yard Saturday morning, January 30, 2016, at approximately 7:30 a.m.

OKC ZOO HOSTS ANNUAL GROUNDHOG DAY FEATURING WEATHER-PREDICTING GRIZZLIES

Wondering if Old Man Winter’s days are numbered? The Zoo’s beloved, grizzly bear brothers, Will and Wiley, will make their annual Groundhog Day prediction from their home in Oklahoma Trails on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, from 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

OKC ZOO’S FEMALE SUMATRAN TIGER SCHEDULED FOR WELLNESS EXAM

Time for this big cat to get some special attention! The Zoo’s veterinary care team will perform a routine health exam, conducted every three years, on Lola, a 4-year-old female Sumatran tiger. Lola was born at the Zoo in July 2011. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered in the wild.

OKC ZOO HOSTS HIRING EVENT TO FULFILL POSITIONS FOR 2016 SEASON

A new year brings new opportunities including the chance to experience the exciting and rewarding work environment that the Zoo offers! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is hosting a hiring event from January 22-23, 2016, for job seekers interested in part-time positions for the 2016 season.

OKC ZOO’S MALE LION SCHEDULED FOR WELLNESS EXAM

Even the king of the Zoo needs an annual checkup! Hubert, a 4-year-old African lion, is scheduled for a routine health exam to be performed by the Zoo’s veterinary care team. The exam will take place at the new Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital on Zoo grounds. Zoo guests are welcome to watch the exam from the public viewing windows at the hospital.

Oklahoma City Zoo Receives Quarter Century Award from Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Oklahoma City Zoo received the Quarter Century Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the primary accrediting body for top zoos and aquariums in the United States since 1974. Established in 2015, this new award acknowledges facilities that have maintained AZA accreditation continuously for 25 years or more, highlighting their commitment to animal care, welfare, conservation, education and more.

City Council approves OKC’s Adventure District Business Improvement District

Home to the state’s most outstanding visitor attractions, OKC’s Adventure District will begin the new year with a new Business Improvement District (BID) as Oklahoma City’s City Council unanimously approved the BID.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF ENDANGERED ZEBRA

The Oklahoma City Zoo is celebrating an early holiday delivery! A male Grevy’s zebra foal was born Sunday morning, November 29, to mom Sassandra (Sassy), 22, and dad Ziggy, 6. This foal is Sassy’s first birth at the Zoo since she arrived from the Living Desert Museum in 2012, the first offspring for Ziggy, and the Zoo’s seventeenth Grevy’s zebra birth.

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO EMPLOYEE RECEIVES TOP PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

Oklahoma City Zoo veterinary technician Elizabeth (Liz) McCrae has passed the Academy of Veterinary Zoological Medicine Technicians (AVZMT) specialty exam, thereby achieving Veterinary Technician Specialist (Zoo), or VTS, status recognized by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). McCrae is one of only five zoo professionals in the world to have completed the requirements to hold the VTS designation.

OKC Zoo Selected To Host Elephant Managers Association 2016 Conference

The Elephant Managers Association is proud to announce the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden as the 2016 EMA annual conference host. Host facilities are chosen based on their commitment to elephants, conservation and research; their skills, experience and hospitality; and their willingness to foster growth and development in other elephant programs.

OKC Zoo Receives Grant To Benefit Plant Conservation Program

The Association of Zoo Horticulture (AZH) in conjunction with Disney Conservation Fund is proud to announce its greatest annual contribution to plant conservation by providing $40,000 in funds to grant seekers. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the recipients, receiving $5,477.38 to benefit its plant conservation program.

ENDANGERED AFRICAN WILD DOGS BORN AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden announces the arrival of eight African wild dog pups born Sunday evening, October 4, 2015, to mom Xena.

Woodland Park Zoo donates its elephants to Oklahoma City and Saint Louis Zoos

SEATTLE—Woodland Park Zoo has transferred ownership of its Asian elephants to zoos in Oklahoma City and St. Louis.

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTH OF ENDANGERED OKAPI

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is proud to announce the birth of an endangered okapi (pronounced oh-COP-ee) calf born at approximately 1:53 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2015, in the Zoo’s okapi habitat.

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO SADDENED TO ANNOUNCE DEATH OF ADULT GIRAFFE

Bogy, a 15-year-old male Rothschild’s giraffe, died at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden Saturday evening, October 24, 2015.

EXPERIENCE HALLOWEEN ON THE WILD SIDE WITH OKC ZOO’S HAUNT THE ZOO

Halloween can be a bore. But no more! Come, experience trick-or-treating on the wild side! The Oklahoma City Zoo’s premiere Halloween event, Haunt the Zoo, has been a community favorite for over thirty years, combining 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 Wiggle Safe by Kohl’s Cares, Haunt the Zoo runs Monday, October 26, through Saturday, October 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly (rain


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