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Official OKC Zoo Press Releases

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OKLAHOMA CITY ZOOLOGICAL TRUST APPOINTS INTERIM DIRECTOR - 12 13

The Oklahoma City Zoological Trust appointed Alan Varsik as interim executive director of the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden.

OKC ZOO CELEBRATES 30 SWEET YEARS OF HAUNT THE ZOO FOR HALLOWEEN - 2013

The Oklahoma City Zoo is celebrating 30 sweet years of Haunt the Zoo for Halloween. For the past three decades, the Zoo’s premiere trick-or-treating event, Haunt the Zoo, has been sharing the magic of Halloween and millions of pieces of candy with thousands of Oklahomans. Presented by the Children’s Hospital Volunteers and Kohl’s Cares, the tradition of Haunt the Zoo continues and runs Saturday, October 26, through Thursday, October 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly, rain or shine.

OKC ZOO PROUDLY ANNOUNCES ANOTHER SPECIAL DELIVERY - 2013

The baby boom continues at the Oklahoma City Zoo! On July 20, the births of three red panda cubs began what became a shower of summer and fall baby announcements: a female giraffe, two male and two female red river hogs, and elephant Asha’s new delivery expected in December 2014.

OKC ZOO DIRECTOR TAKING POSITION WITH SAN DIEGO ZOO - 2013

The OKC Zoo and Botanical Garden is saying goodbye to Executive Director/CEO Dwight Scott. Effective December 2013, Scott will become director of the San Diego Zoo.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTHS OF FOUR RED RIVER HOGS - 2013

Oh, baby! The pitter patter of tiny hooves just got louder at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Four red river hog piglets, born Wednesday morning, October 2, are the newest additions to the Zoo’s Hoofstock area and neighbors to the infant giraffe born two weeks ago.

BIG NEWS: OKC ZOO’S ELEPHANT IS EXPECTING - 2013

We’re expecting a big delivery at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden! Ultrasound images and blood hormone analysis have confirmed that the Zoo’s 18-year-old Asian elephant, Asha, is seven months pregnant. Average gestation for elephants is 22 months, making her due date sometime in December 2014.

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO CELEBRATES BIRTH OF GIRAFFE - 2013

Fall isn’t the only thing that has just arrived. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating its own special fall delivery—a female giraffe born Thursday evening, September 26, 2013!

OKC ZOO OCTOBER 2013 HAPPENINGS

Costume Swap, Pumpkin Drive, educational classes, Haunt the Zoo for Halloween…so much fun at the Zoo this fall!

OKC ZOO GRANTED ACCREDITATION FROM AZA - 2013

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has been granted accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The accreditation certifies that the Zoo has met or exceeded the AZA’s standards for animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education and safety.

OKC ZOO Hosts 2nd Annual Costume Swap and Pumpkin Drop - 2013

To increase conservation awareness for local families, the Zoo is hosting its second annual Halloween Costume Swap on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The public is invited to donate gently used Halloween costumes and receive tickets to swap for different ones.

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.


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