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Official OKC Zoo Press Releases

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

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.

NEW SAFARI VOYAGE CRUISING ON OKC ZOO LAKE - 2012

This news is sure to float your boat! The all new Safari Voyage is now cruising Zoo Lake at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Guests will enjoy a smooth and relaxing ride while the boat captain shares interesting facts about the Zoo, the boat and upcoming events.

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES DR PEPPER ART CONTEST WINNERS - 2012

The Oklahoma City Zoo is excited to announce the winners of this year’s Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest.

OKC ZOO’S EARTH DAY IS A GLOBAL CELEBRATION - 2012

It’s up to all of us to care for and preserve our precious planet and together, with the Oklahoma City Zoo we can! You’re invited to our Party for the Planet™ family-fun event in celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OKC ZOO HOSTS SCIENCEFEST, OKLAHOMA’S LARGEST EARTH DAY EVENT - 2012

A day of discovery and wonder await thousands of fourth and fifth grade students who will be attending ScienceFest, Oklahoma’s largest Earth Day event, at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Thursday, April 19.

MALEE'S 1ST BIRTHDAY BASH AT THE OKC ZOO - 2012

It's a pachyderm-sized party and everyone is invited!

READ ACROSS OKLAHOMA AT THE OKC ZOO - 2012

Bow WOW! It's time for Read Across Oklahoma at the Oklahoma City Zoo!

MUCH-LOVED LION DIES AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO - 2012

The Oklahoma City Zoo is sad to announce the death of Aslan, an 18-year-old African lion, on March 30, 2012.

APRIL HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO - 2012

April is "hop"pening at the Oklahoma City Zoo!

BE SPIED, GET SPIED PHOTO CONTEST - 2012

Grab your favorite secret agent friends and your camera and head to the Oklahoma City Zoo for the “Be Spied & Get Spied” Photo Contest now through April 1.

HOPABALOO AT THE OKC ZOO - 2012

The Oklahoma City Zoo hosts its annual Easter brunch and HOPabaloo event on Sunday, April 8.

OKC ZOO RANKED THIRD BEST ZOO IN THE NATION - 2012

108 years of wild fun and still making history!

MARCH HAPPENINGS AT THE OKC ZOO - 2012

Get the scoop on March Happenings and a sneak peak on scheduled April events.

OKC ZOO'S BEHIND THE SCENES PROGRAM OFFERS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITIES - 2012

OKC ZOO'S BEHIND THE SCENES PROGRAM OFFERS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITIES - 2012
The Zoo’s Behind the Scenes program offers participants a once in a lifetime opportunity. Experience a day like no other when you go behind "zoo" scenes to learn first hand about the Zoo's amazing animal collection from the people dedicated to caring for them.

OKC ZOO AND DR PEPPER SPONSOR STATEWIDE STUDENT ART CONTEST - 2012

Know any students wild about art? Then this is the contest for them. The Oklahoma City Zoo and Dr Pepper invite Oklahoma students in grades K-12 to participate in the eighth annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest. From February 20 through March 31, 2012, students may submit their artwork for a chance to win one of two $500 savings bonds courtesy of First Security Bank and have their design placed on one of two Dr Pepper vending machines located on Zoo grounds.

OKC ZOO NEEDS VOTES TO WIN “BEST ZOO” RECOGNITION - 2012

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has been nominated in 10Best.com’s 10Besties Readers’ Choice Travel Awards in the Best Zoos category, and we need votes to win bragging rights of #1 zoo in the nation.

GROUNDHOG DAY HAS GONE TO THE GRIZZLIES AT THE OKC ZOO - 2012

Who needs a groundhog when the Oklahoma City Zoo has weather predicting grizzlies! The Zoo’s annual Groundhog Day tradition continues with help from grizzly bear brothers, Will and Wiley.

THE ZOO CELEBRATES OKAPI AND GIRAFFE BIRTHS - 2012

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s hoof stock herds are growing with the arrival of an okapi born on November 13, 2011 and a giraffe born on January 17, 2012.

FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS AT THE ZOO - 2012

February happenings at the Oklahoma City Zoo.


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A New Breath of Fresh Air: As of Nov. 1, 2007, state law prohibits smoking inside zoological parks. Please help us abide by this law by refraining from smoking within the Zoo. Thank you for maintaining a smoke-free environment for all living things!