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Official OKC Zoo Press Releases

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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.

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.


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