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Official OKC Zoo Press Releases

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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.

OKLAHOMA AUTHOR'S BOOK BRINGS NUTTY FUN TO READ ACROSS OKLAHOMA AT THE OKC ZOO - 2013

The nutty tale of three chipmunks and their zoo adventures will come to life for hundreds of preschoolers and guests during Read Across Oklahoma, an annual reading-focused event happening at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

The OKC Zoo and OZS Break Ground on Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital - 2013

Oklahoma City, OK – Today, the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Oklahoma Zoological Society broke ground on the new Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The $9 million veterinary hospital will educate Zoo visitors on the health and welfare of the animals at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

OZS AND OKC ZOO BREAK GROUND ON ANIMAL HOSPITAL - 2013

The Oklahoma Zoological Society and the Oklahoma City Zoo will officially break ground on the new Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital at the Oklahoma City Zoo Friday, March 29, 2013, at 9 a.m.

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.


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