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Official OKC Zoo Press Releases

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OKC Zoo Celebrates World Rhino Day - 2013

The fate of five rhino species depends on us. Join the Oklahoma City Zoo on Sunday, September 22, as we celebrate World Rhino Day. The Zoo will host special keeper connections, animal enrichment and a children’s craft activity during the day. All free with Zoo admission.

Winners Announced in Annual Capture the Wild OKC Zoo Photo Contest - 2013

The Oklahoma Zoological Society named 13 winners in the annual Capture the Wild Oklahoma City Zoo Photo Contest.

OKC ZOO ADDS SECOND NATURE EXPLORERS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM - 2013

The OKC Zoo's popular Nature Explorers preschool program has added a second class for the 2013-2014 school year due to increased interest.

OKC ZOO HARBOR SEAL DIES FOLLOWING MEDICAL PROCEDURE - 2013

Leo, a 7-year-old harbor seal, died after dental surgery Wednesday afternoon, September 4, at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - 2013

Swaptember, Septemberfest, Teacher Sneak Peek, stingrays, sleepovers, corn maize and more! Look at everything happening this fall at the OKC Zoo.

ART GONE WILD: PAINTINGS BY OKC ZOO ANIMALS ART SHOW - 2013

Rhino Renoirs, python Picassos, okapi O’Keeffes…our artists use tails, claws, paws, snouts and more to create their masterpieces! The Oklahoma City Zoo will host its fourth annual Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals art show at In Your Eye Gallery, 3005A Paseo, Oklahoma City, 73103, in the Historic Paseo Arts District. An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 2, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. coinciding with the Paseo Arts District’s First Fridays.

Get Your Wave On Stingray Bay Video Contest - 2013

Enter your "Get Your Wave On" Stingray Bay video(s) for your chance to win weekly drawings and the ultimate grand prize of $1,000 Visa gift card.

OKC ZOO OPENS NEW STINGRAY BAY EXPERIENCE, HOSTS VIDEO CONTEST - 2013

Oklahoma City Zoo guests will be all smiles as they connect first hand with stingrays with the much anticipated opening of Stingray Bay on Monday, July 15, 2013.

OKC ZOO CELEBRATES SALES TAX APPRECIATION DAY WITH FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL - 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, marks the 23rd anniversary of the 1/8 of a cent dedicated sales tax being passed by Oklahoma City citizens for the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, and in recognition, the Zoo is offering free admission to all on July 17.

OKC ZOO TO HOST ANNUAL CONSERVATION FUNDRAISER, BOWLING FOR RHINOS - 2013

Help save wild rhinoceros populations with the roll of a bowling ball! The Oklahoma City Zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) will host the 19th annual Bowling for Rhinos on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 7 p.m.

RED DIRT MOVES TO JUNE 9, 2013

Red Dirt scheduled at The Zoo Amphitheatre for Saturday, June 1, is moving to Sunday, June 9, 2013.

OKC ZOO OBSERVES ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY, OFFERS VIEWING OF DOCUMENTARY - 2013

Celebrating Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 17, 2013, the Zoo's Educational Department will present the past, present and future of endangered plants and animals. Activity stations for all ages will be at various plant and animal exhibits through the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Zoo is also hosting a free viewing of a documentary titled, "Where Did the Horny Toad Go?" on Saturday, May 25, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Doors open and activities begin at 6 p.m.

OKC ZOO AND DR PEPPER ANNOUNCE VENDING MACHINE ART CONTEST WINNERS - 2013

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper are excited to announce the winners of the Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest. Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade had the opportunity to enter the contest from February 18 through March 29, 2013.

OKC ZOO's ANNUAL EARTH DAY IS GLOBAL CELEBRATION - 2013

The Oklahoma City Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet™ promises to be a family-fun celebration of Earth Day, emphasizing ways to care for and preserve our amazing planet. The event will be Sunday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OKC ZOO TO HOST SCIENCEFEST, OKLAHOMA’S LARGEST EARTH DAY EVENT - 2013

Thousands of fourth and fifth grade students from across the state will be attending ScienceFest, Oklahoma’s largest Earth Day event, at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Thursday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OKC ZOO OFFERS NATURE EXPLORERS' PRESCHOOL PROGRAM - 2013

Open enrollment for the Oklahoma City Zoo's popular Nature Explorers' preschool program begins Monday, April 15, 2013, for the next school season.

OKC ZOO PLANNING SECOND BIRTHDAY BASH FOR BABY ELEPHANT, MALEE - 2013

Celebrate at the Zoo as our little Malee turns two! The Oklahoma City Zoo invites everyone to Malee’s Second Birthday Bash on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Party with us from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with cake for thousands, party favors for guests and our elephants, and more! The first 5,000 guests will receive a pair of commemorative birthday elephant ears courtesy of News9 and the Zoo.

OKC ZOO SADDENED BY RECENT DEATHS OF SENIOR ANIMALS - 2013

Oklahoma City Zoo officials are sad to announce the recent deaths of three animals due to age-related illnesses. Sable antelopes, Lulu and Roxie, were euthanized on Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21, respectively. African cheetah, Tabia, was euthanized Saturday, March 23, 2013.


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