Official OKC Zoo Press Releases
Click on the news releases below to read about the latest OKC Zoo happenings.
Two days ago, Woodland Park Zoo’s female Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, departed on a custom-built elephant transport vehicle for their new home at Oklahoma City Zoo. The caravan had to change their route in Salt Lake City due to a storm in Colorado and Wyoming that was expected to increase in severity. Because the reroute would have extended the trip a day longer, a decision was made for veterinary precautions to go to San Diego Zoo and allow the elephants to rest.
The Oklahoma City Zoo invites the public to celebrate Malee’s Fourth Birthday Bash on Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 1 - 3 p.m. with cake for thousands, party favors for guests and elephants, and more!
A new chapter began for female Asian elephants Bamboo and Chai when they stepped into elephant-sized travel crates, were loaded on the flatbed truck, and left Woodland Park Zoo for their new home at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The truck pulled out at 6:15 p.m. PST today, April 15.
The pages of a popular children's book will come to life for hundreds of preschoolers during Read Across Oklahoma at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating great news in a small package! A Western lowland gorilla was born at the Zoo on Tuesday, March 24, at 10:33 a.m. at Great EscApe to mom Emily, 29. This birth is the fifth for Emily and the second offspring for dad Togo, 27, since he arrived from the Como Park Zoo in 2012. The sex of the infant is unknown.
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden will welcome two big arrivals this spring, between late March and mid-April. Female Asian elephants Bamboo, age 48, and Chai (pronounced chy), age 36, will join the five-member elephant herd family.
Let your creativity run wild! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper invite Oklahoma students to participate in the 11th annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest for a chance to win Visa gift cards and art supplies, and have their illustration become the cover of a Dr Pepper machine at the Zoo.
Will and Wiley, the Zoo's beloved grizzly bear brothers, will make their annual Groundhog Day prediction from their home at Oklahoma Trails.
He may have some silver hair, but he’s proving to be young-at-heart! Western lowland, silverback gorilla, Tatu (TATTOO), one of the Zoo’s most beloved male gorillas, will celebrate his 40th birthday this month and we are ready to party!
The Oklahoma City Zoo announced the name of its newest Asian elephant calf on Monday, January 12, 2015, during a Naming Contest Reveal Reception. A naming contest began December 29, 2014, to help the Zoo choose between four names selected by the Zoo’s pachyderm keeper team. The name, Achara, was chosen by approximately 13,000 online votes and received more than 50 percent of the total votes.
The Oklahoma Museum Association (OMA) recently announced recipients of its Laura McDonagh Streich Award for Service to the Profession, including Oklahoma City Zoo archivist, Sherri Scarth Vance. The OMA’s awards program honors the excellence and quality of projects accomplished by its members, and their contributions that have impacted Oklahoma museums and the overall museum profession.
Our BIG bundle of joy has arrived! Help the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden name its new female, Asian elephant calf, born Monday, December 22, 2014, at 1:35 p.m., weighing 332 pounds.
Four little feet, two little ears, one little trunk! Guess who’s here? The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is excited to welcome a 332-pound, female Asian elephant born on Monday, December 22, 2014, inside the Zoo’s Elephant Habitat.
The OKC Zoo is hiring! Answer the call of the wild and learn how you can join our team. The Zoo is hosting a job fair from January 23-24, 2015, to hire for part-time positions for its upcoming season. This is your chance to work at one of Oklahoma City’s top attractions and experience the fun, friendly, unique work environment.
The Zoo’s 5-week old African wild dog pups, all weighing approximately 6-pounds, have names! The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s animal care team selected the following names to pay tribute to their golden retriever, surrogate mom, Lilly, and their African heritage.
A unique partnership pairing the INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility Institute and the INTEGRIS Foundation with the Oklahoma City Zoo is providing invaluable expertise to the Zoo’s elephant conservation program. Planning and extensive preparations have been underway for the imminent birth of only the second elephant in the Zoo’s history. After a 22-month gestation, 19-year-old elephant Asha will give birth sometime before the end of 2014.