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Official OKC Zoo Press Releases

Click on the news releases below to read about the latest OKC Zoo happenings.

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!

OKC ZOO HOSTS BOWLING FOR RHINOS FUNDRAISING EVENT - 2012

Help save the worldwide population of rhinos with the simple roll of a bowling ball. Bowling for Rhinos is back!

JULY AND AUGUST HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO - 2012

I spy summer fun for everyone at the Oklahoma City Zoo!

OKC ZOO SADDENED BY DEATH OF GORILLA - 2012

It saddens Zoo officials to announce the death of Bom Bom, a Western lowland gorilla, on Monday, June 25, 2012.

A FORTY YEAR FAVORITE: THE ZOO'S HARPY EAGLE IS RELOCATING TO A NEW ZOO - 2012

South of the Red River a new home and a female companion await the Zoo's harpy eagle who will be relocating to Dallas Zoo at the end of June.

WILD TUESDAYS STORY TIME SAFARIS AT THE ZOO - 2012

The ever popular Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safaris are back at the Zoo! Children will go to the ocean, the farm, the jungle and many magical places every Tuesday in June and July.

POPULAR ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE DIES AT THE OKC ZOO - 2012

The Oklahoma City Zoo is sad to announce the death of our alligator snapping turtle. The well-liked turtle affectionately called Elvis by his caretakers died on May 17, 2012 after receiving treatment for a critical medical situation.

Oklahoma Zoological Society Announces Capital Campaign for new Veterinary Hospital at the OKC Zoo - 2012

The Oklahoma Zoological Society announced the Commitment to Care capital campaign, a $4.5 million dollar fundraising campaign coupled with $4.5 million from the Oklahoma City Zoo to build a new veterinary hospital at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

OKC ZOO OFFERS NATURE EXPLORERS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM - 2012

Does your little one love the Zoo? Then enroll them in the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Nature Explorers Preschool. Registration is open now for the September 2012-May 2013 session.


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