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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 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.

RED PANDA BORN SAME NIGHT AS OKC THUNDER CHAMPIONSHIP - 2012

June 6, 2012, was a night for the history books in Oklahoma City. Thousands of ecstatic fans celebrated as the Oklahoma City Thunder won its first Western Conference Championship all while Oklahoma City Zoo staffers quietly witnessed the eleventh red panda birth in the Zoo’s history.

INFANT CHIMP ADOPTED BY OKC ZOO TROOP - 2012

Oklahoma City Zoo chimpanzees known nationally for their capacity to foster infant chimps have a new member in the troop. After being hand-raised at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida, seven-month-old Ruben arrived at the Oklahoma City Zoo on July 30, 2012.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN ANNUAL CAPTURE THE WILD ZOO PHOTO CONTEST - 2012

The Oklahoma Zoological Society named 13 winners in the annual “Capture the Wild” Oklahoma City Zoo Photo Contest.

OKC ZOO WELCOMES RENOWNED ORANGUTAN CONSERVATIONIST - 2012

In keeping with its mission to boost conservation programs that benefit animals and plants both locally and around the world, the Oklahoma City Zoo has invited foremost authority, Dr. Ian Singleton, director of conservation at PanEco Foundation, to address the impending plight of orangutans in Sumatra, Indonesia.

OKC ZOO BREAKS RECORD, MAKES HISTORY - 2012

989,622 spins of the turnstiles! The Oklahoma City Zoo sets an attendance record for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

OKC ZOO TO HOST THIRD ANNUAL ART GONE WILD ANIMAL ART SHOW - 2012

With their paws, claws, noses and even lips; many of the animals at the Zoo have been creating new masterpieces for this year's Art Gone Wild art show.

OKC ZOO CELEBRATES SALES TAX APPRECIATION DAY WITH FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL - 2012

We thank you, Oklahoma City Zoo supporters, for all you do! Tuesday, July 17, 2012 is Sales Tax Appreciation Day and admission is free for all guests!


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