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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 ANNOUNCES NEWEST MEMBER OF LION PRIDE - 2013

There is a new king in town! The Oklahoma City Zoo announces the addition of African lion, Hubert, now nineteen months old, who joined the Zoo in late 2012.

OKC ZOO HOSTS ANNUAL HOPABALOO EASTER EVENT - 2013

The Oklahoma City Zoo will host its annual Easter brunch and HOPabaloo activities on Sunday, March 31, 2013.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES NAME OF NEW BABY GORILLA - 2013

The infant, male gorilla born on Valentine’s Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo has been named Leom (pronounced LEE-UM).

SPRING BREAK HAPPENINGS - 2013

Bring on the fun! Spring Break happenings at the Zoo!

THE OKC ZOO AND DR PEPPER HOST STATEWIDE STUDENT ART CONTEST - 2013

With crayons, colored pencils, markers or paints in hand encourage your young artist to dive into the Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest for a chance to win $500 in tuition.

OKC ZOO SADDENED BY DEATH OF LONG-TIME GORILLA RESIDENT - 2013

Oklahoma City Zoo officials are sad to announce the death of a treasured Western lowland gorilla. Kathy, 50, died peacefully early Tuesday morning, February 19, 2013. A necropsy, animal autopsy, is being performed and results are pending.

BOM BOM'S HEIR BORN ON VALENTINE'S DAY AT OKC ZOO, ADULT GORILLA JOINS TROOP - 2013

Cupid and the stork conspired and sent a special delivery to the Oklahoma City Zoo on Valentine’s Day.

RENOWNED BIRD ARTIST HONORED THROUGH OKC ZOO ART EXHIBIT - 2013

A new exhibit, In Feathered Detail: The Art of George Miksch Sutton, debuts Monday, February 18, at the ZooZeum, Oklahoma City Zoo’s historical museum and gallery. This exhibit showcases the talents of world-renowned ornithologist George Miksch Sutton. Sutton, who died in 1982 at the age of 84, was an acclaimed bird artist, researcher, author, scientist and teacher whose life’s works are still influencing bird enthusiasts today.

OKC ZOO CELEBRATES BANNER YEAR IN 2012 - 2013

The Oklahoma City Zoo experienced another memorable year with tangible growth, both among its animal residents and in number of people served and impacted from events and educational programs.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES 2012 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR - 2013

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden proudly announces Nick Newby, pachyderm supervisor, as the 2012 Ralph D. Harris Employee of the Year.

OKC ZOO’S WEATHER WATCHING GRIZZLIES WILL MAKE ANNUAL GROUNDHOG DAY PREDICTION - 2013

The Zoo’s grizzly bears, Will and Wiley, will be making their annual Groundhog Day prediction from their home at Oklahoma Trails.

THE OKC ZOO OFFERS HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FROM A TO Z - 2012

Stop circling the parking lot and waiting in long lines, the Oklahoma City Zoo is your one-stop holiday shopping headquarters.

ZOOTROOP UNVEILS NINE NEWLY MAPPED WALKING TRAILS AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - 2012

When you visit the Oklahoma City Zoo, you are most likely coming to see the exotic animals and beautiful landscape. You probably aren’t thinking of the health benefit you are receiving. And that’s exactly the reason ZooTroop, the Oklahoma Zoological Society’s young professional group, recently unveiled nine newly mapped walking trails.

OKC Zoo Hosts Dian Fossey Gorilla Conservation Group - 2012

Helping people. Saving gorillas. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Oklahoma Zoological Society will host representatives from The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International on Tuesday, October 23.

OKC ZOO SUPPORTS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT CENTER IN ECUADOR - 2012

The Oklahoma City Zoo is proud to announce a new conservation initiative partnership with the Jatun Sacha (pronounced Jah-tomb Sah-chuh) Foundation in Ecuador, South America. A $20,000 donation has been awarded to assist in the building of a wildlife management center.

Z00 HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS - 2012

At the Oklahoma City Zoo, green is the new orange! The Zoo is hosting several SPOOKtacular Halloween events, all with local and global communities in mind, and packed full of fun for all ages.

OKC Zoo Costume Swap and Pumpkin Drop - 2012

Looking for a greener way to dress up for Halloween? It’s simple– swap costumes with a friend for something “new to you” at the Oklahoma City Zoo! To increase conservation awareness for local families, the Zoo is partnering with The National Costume Swap Day, Saturday, October 13, 2012.


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