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Official OKC Zoo Press Releases

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

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.

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO NAMES 2011 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR - 2012

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden proudly announces Amy Stephens, Naturalist Instructor Supervisor as the 2011 Ralph D. Harris Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Year award is selected each year by the Zoo’s Employee Recognition Committee and management staff.

REX, ASIAN ELEPHANT HAS MADE HIS TREK TO THE OKC ZOO - 2011

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden got a big, early Christmas gift this week. Rex the Asian elephant arrived on Tuesday, December 13 to join the zoo’s two adult female elephants Asha and Chandra and 8-month-old female Malee, bringing the zoo’s Asian elephant herd to four.

GREVY'S ZEBRA DIES AT THE OKC ZOO - 2011

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden sadly announces the death of Zephra, a 19-year-old Grevy’s zebra on Wednesday, November 23.

HELP SUPPORT REX'S TREK TO THE OKC ZOO - 2011

Rex, an Asian bull elephant, will be coming to the Zoo from Canada.

OKC ZOO CELEBRATES FIRST-EVER SUMATRAN TIGER BIRTHS - 2011

We are making history at the Oklahoma City Zoo as we celebrate the births of four rare Sumatran tiger cubs, the first-ever births of this species at the Zoo!

OKLAHOMA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY RECEIVES THE FRED JONES FAMILY FOUNDATION'S SIGNATURE GIFT - 2011

The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS) is pleased to announce they will be receiving the Mary Eddy Jones Signature Gift of $50,000 from the Fred Jones Family Foundation.

OKC ZOO WELCOMES RED PANDA CUBS - 2011

Three’s a charm as the Oklahoma City Zoo celebrates the birth of three red panda cubs!

OKC ZOO OPENS NEW GIRAFFE FEEDING PLATFORM - 2011

Come meet our giraffes face-to-face!

OKLAHOMA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY RECEIVES ONE MILLION DOLLAR GIFT FROM KIRKPATRICK PHIILANTHROPIES - 2011

The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS) is pleased to announce they have received a one million dollar donation from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Kirkpatrick Foundation Inc. Mr. Christian Keesee, Chairman of the Kirkpatrick Foundation and the President of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund announced the gift July 28 at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Noble Aquatic Center.

OKC ZOO ANIMAL ARTISTS BACK FOR SHOW AND SALE - 2011

Wild impressions with a flourish of fins, scales, claws, paws, and tails! It’s “Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals 2011.” Join the Oklahoma City Zoo at the In Your Eye Gallery in the Historic Paseo Arts District for the second annual Art Gone Wild art show featuring works of art created by our own favorite furry, scaled and feathered friends! Each work of art has been made especially for the show by the Zoo’s resident animal artists, with some help from their keepers.

BAT-EARED FOX KITS BORN AT OKC ZOO - 2011

We’re feeling “foxy” at the Oklahoma City Zoo as we announce the birth of five bat-eared fox kits!

OKC ZOO OFFERS NATURE EXPLORERS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM - 2011

Does your little one love the Zoo? Enroll them in the Oklahoma City Zoo’s “Nature Explorers Preschool” program and watch their love for animals and nature grow.

OKC ZOO HONORS CURATOR FOR 30 YEARS OF SERVICE - 2011

30 Years of Birds, Education and More: OKC Zoo Curator Honored

2011 Summer Camps Announced - 2011

Summer fun abounds at the Oklahoma City Zoo during our summer day camps! Camps are for children ages 4-15 years and offer a variety of activities including Zoo tours, up-close animal visits, crafts and games. Check out some of the “fun”-tastic camps coming your way:

Baby Elephant and Mom Have Gift Registry at the OKC Zoo - 2011

You can help shower our baby elephant with love!

OKC ZOO OPENS BYRON AND PATRICIA GAMBULOS ZOOZEUM - 2011

We're celebrating the Zoo's history in style!


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