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Official OKC Zoo Press Releases

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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.

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!


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