Official OKC Zoo Press Releases
Click on the news releases below to read about the latest OKC Zoo happenings.
Renew, reuse, and recycle! For “America Recycles Day”, the Zoo invites everyone to come and learn how to repurpose with purpose. The Zoo’s Cell Phone Challenge also kicks off this month. Collect the most cell phones and win the Ultimate Zoo Prize Package.
GOLDEN RETRIEVER BECOMES SURROGATE MOTHER TO A LITTER OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN WILD DOGS BORN AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has found an unsung hero in a golden retriever named Lilly who is helping save a litter of endangered African Wild Dogs by becoming their surrogate mother.
When it comes to celebrating Halloween, nobody does it bigger and better than the OKC Zoo. The Zoo’s premiere Halloween event, Haunt the Zoo, has been growing strong since the 80s, mixing the fun of traditional trick-or-treating with the uniqueness of the Zoo and millions of pieces of candy for thousands of Oklahomans. Presented by the Children’s Hospital Volunteers and Kohl’s Cares, Haunt the Zoo runs Sunday, October 26, through Friday, October 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly (rain or shine)
Fall break is fun for everyone at the OKC Zoo! Day camps for the little ones, pumpkin treats for the animals and more! Safari Day Camps are Thursday, October 16, and Friday, October 17, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (extended stay option until 3:30 p.m.) Chomp & Stomp is Friday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Be Eek-o-friendly and get into the HallowGreen spirit! The Zoo is hosting its 3rd annual Halloween Costume Swap and annual Pumpkin Drive. Donate and swap gently used costumes Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Global Plaza, rain or shine. No Zoo admission is required.
OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO COLLABORATES WITH CINCINNATI ZOO TO ESTABLISH A NEW HOME FOR INFANT GORILLA - 2014
Kamina, a female Western lowland gorilla, born at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden on August 16, 2014, is on her way to become part of a gorilla family at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio. The OKC Zoo has been working closely with the Cincinnati Zoo, a fellow Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) member, to successfully move Kamina to their zoo where she will be introduced to a surrogate gorilla mother.
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is proud to announce the release of “Oklahoma City Zoo: 1960-2013” by Amy Dee Stephens, the Zoo’s naturalist instructor supervisor.
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has a new arrival–-a female Western lowland gorilla. The baby gorilla was born in the early hours of Saturday, August 16, 2014, inside a Great EscApe day room to mother Ndjole (pronounced In-jōlee) and father Togo (pronounced Toe-go).
We love elephants. Do you? The Oklahoma City Zoo is proud to partner with the Wildlife Conservation Society and their 96 Elephants Campaign to celebrate the most amazing animals on the planet, elephants. Join us at the Zoo on World Elephant Day, Tuesday, August 12, as we come together to learn about elephants and how we can take action to save them. Elephant-related activities are planned at the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are free with paid admission.
From gorillas to giraffes and stingrays to sea lions, art is created using a wild palette at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Zoo will be hosting its fifth annual Art Gone Wild art show at the a.k.a. gallery (3001 Paseo) in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District from August 1-30, 2014. The public is also invited to the exhibition’s opening night, Friday, August 1, from 6 -10 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Walk.
In March 1984, Donna Mobbs began her career at the Oklahoma City Zoo as the administrator coordinator to the executive director--a position she’s proudly held for 30 years.
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s 3-week-old male Indian rhino has a name, and it’s a tribute to his mom and grandma.
The Oklahoma City Zoo's new male Indian rhinoceros calf, born Saturday, June 21, needs a name! In response, the Zoo and NewsOk.com are giving Oklahomans the chance to vote on a name for the precious pachyderm.
It’s not a mystery who made history. Today, June 25, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., the millionth guest came through the Zoo’s turnstiles setting a record for the Zoo during a fiscal year and during its 110th birthday year. Megan Tracy, and her two sons, Caden, 6, and Cason, 3, drove two hours from Hobart and became the Zoo’s “one in a million.” They received a surprise safari adventure worth a million good memories from the Zoo and Oklahoma Zoological Society, including a 5-year, ZooFriends’ membership,
It’s a rhino! It’s a boy rhino! Niki, the Zoo’s 7-year-old female, greater one-horned Indian rhinoceros gave birth at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. Mom Niki came to the Zoo in 2009 from the Bronx Zoo and father Chandra, 28, has been at the Zoo since 1990. The new male calf is the first offspring for Niki and the fourth Indian rhino born at the Zoo since the Zoo added the species in 1981.
Are you the Zoo’s one in a million? It’s a million visitors or bust for the Oklahoma City Zoo, which hopes to welcome its millionth visitor through the turnstiles before June 30, 2014. The Zoo is within thousands of reaching one million visitors for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, a first in Zoo history. Not to mention, setting this attendance record during the Zoo’s 110th birthday year would be icing on the cake!
The Oklahoma City Zoo has been nominated for "Best U.S. Zoo" and the public is invited to vote through May 19, 2014, at noon. One vote may be cast per day via the Zoo’s website at www.okczoo.com or www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-us-zoo.