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Posted by Carrie Allen on 05/16/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                             May 15, 2013

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       Conservation and protection of the world’s natural resources is a key component of the Oklahoma City Zoo’s mission. In coordination with the nationwide celebration of Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 17, 2013, the Zoo’s Educational Department will present the past, present and future of endangered plants and animals. Fun and informational activity stations with giveaways will be located from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various animal exhibits throughout the Zoo. Plant conservation also will be showcased in the Zoo’s Butterfly Garden. This event is free with Zoo admission.

       Started by the United States Senate, Endangered Species Day has been declared as the third Friday in May. Every year, people and organizations throughout the country recognize Endangered Species Day by using the theme “Endangered Means There is Still Time” to inform people of all ages about the importance of protecting endangered species and inspire them to take daily actions to help protect the nation’s disappearing wildlife. Globally, more than 1,000 species are officially designated as at risk of extinction and thousands more face a heightened risk of extinction.

       To further emphasize Endangered Species Day, the Zoo is offering a free screening of the full-length documentary titled, “Where Did the Horny Toad Go?” on Saturday, May 25, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Zoo’s Rosser Conservation Education Center auditorium. This engaging film explores people’s experiences with Texas horned lizards (which also once occupied the plains of Oklahoma) and investigates the declines that have occurred in recent years.  Joe Branham, OKC Zoo reptile and amphibian supervisor, makes a cameo appearance!  Doors open at 6 p.m. for fun activity stations. No registration or Zoo admission is required. Seating is limited to 300 guests.

       There’s something fun for everyone at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. The Zoo is open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays through September 7, 2013. Regular admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan at or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit



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