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2010: A WILDLY FUN YEAR! / 2011

Posted by Diana Jones on 01/06/2011

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                      January 6, 2011





Tara Henson                (405) 425-0219, (405) 919-9038, cell or [email protected]

Candice Rennels          (405) 425-0298, (405) 412-6172, cell or [email protected]



            The year 2010 was a “wild”ly fun year for the Oklahoma City Zoo! Here are some highlights!


  • January 15: Winners of the “Name That Goat” contest are announced. Zoo fans were given the chance to vote on names for the 12 Nigerian dwarf goats taking up residence in the new Children’s Zoo. Submissions had to be the names of towns in Oklahoma! Winners were: Gotebo, Norman, Edmond, Bixby, Duncan, Hugo, Perry, Oologah, Bowlegs, Chandler, Dewey and Jet!
  • February: The Inasmuch Foundation makes a donation of $250,000 to the Zoo for the Thai Demonstration Pavilion in the new Asian-themed elephant habitat. This was the largest donation made to the Zoo in 20 years!
  • March 4: Keyara the giraffe calf, born January 17, makes her official debut in the giraffe yard! Giraffes are the tallest animals on earth and can grow to be 19 feet tall and weigh 3,000 pounds.
  • March 9: Jaguar cub Xochi (pronounced zo-chee) makes her first public appearance in Cat Forest. Born on August 26, her birth was the first jaguar birth at the OKC Zoo in 30 years and a great success for the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for this endangered species.
  • March 12: The new Children’s Zoo opens to the public! This 2.5-acre, $8.3 million exhibit takes us back to a time when nature was a child’s favorite playground and features many ways for kids of all ages to climb, slide, splash and interact with amazing animals!
  • April 7: The Zoo announces a conservation small grants program, CAN (Conservation Action Now). This grant program was created to offer monetary assistance to conservation-based programs and research around the world.
  • July 20: Zoo Executive Director Dwight Scott is named to the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, which is dedicated to conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats.
  • July 21: ZooFriends reaches record membership numbers with a total of 20,051 households now owning Zoo memberships!
  • August: Two male snow leopard cubs, born May 12, make their debut in Cat Forest! These shy, elusive cats are found on rocky mountain slopes in Asia and are an endangered species.
  • August 6 - 28: The Zoo presents the first annual “Art Gone Wild: Paintings by OKC Zoo Animals” show at the In Your Eye Gallery in the Paseo Arts District. All paintings were created by the Zoo’s own feathered, furry and scaly artists and all proceeds benefitted the Zoo’s conservation projects.
  • August 31: Devon Energy donates 400 pieces of 42-foot steel pipe to the OKC Zoo for use in the new Asian-themed elephant habitat which is set to open in spring 2011. Devon Energy offered the gift as part of its commitment to community, recycling and conservation.
  • October 18: Asian elephants Asha and Chandra return to the OKC Zoo after a two-year visit to the Tulsa Zoo. A breeding recommendation was made for the girls to breed with Tulsa’s bull elephant, Sneezy. For Asha, it was a success, and she returned home expecting a bundle of elephant joy in May!
  • October 21: The OKC Zoological Trust approves the Zoo’s new Master Plan, which calls for major additions and renovations to the Zoo, including the completion of Expedition Asia, a new veterinary hospital, a restaurant/events center and an Africa-themed exhibit.
  • October 26 – 31: The 27th annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween attracts a total attendance of 38,693 to the most fa“boo”lous Halloween event in the state – the third largest attendance in Haunt the Zoo history!
  • November 23: Two red panda cubs born June 24, one male and one female, made their debut in their habitat along the Zoo lake! These fiery red animals hail from the Himalayan Mountains and are an endangered species as their habitat shrinks from deforestation.



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