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The OKC Zoo and OZS Break Ground on Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital - 2013

Posted by Dana McCrory on 03/29/2013

For Immediate Release                                                                       March 29, 2013


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The Oklahoma City Zoo and the Oklahoma Zoological Society Break Ground on Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital


Oklahoma City, OK – Today, the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Oklahoma Zoological Society broke ground on the new Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The $9 million veterinary hospital will educate Zoo visitors on the health and welfare of the animals at the Oklahoma City Zoo.


The new animal hospital will be located on Zoo grounds and is expected to open in 2014.  This exciting endeavor is more than a new health care facility for the 1,951 animals that reside at the Zoo.  This hospital will allow visitors to have an unprecedented look into a suite where treatment, surgeries, and radiology procedures are taking place. This new state-of-the-art animal hospital will ensure the Oklahoma City Zoo remains one of the nation’s leading authorities in zoological animal care.


“This groundbreaking is the culmination of the first capital campaign in over 13 years at the Oklahoma City Zoo.  The hospital and campaign were designed to attract support from individuals, corporations, foundations and ZooFriends dedicated to the Zoo’s mission,” said Dana McCrory, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Zoological Society.


The project is a combined effort of $4.5 million in membership and private fundraising and $4.5 million from the Oklahoma City taxpayers.  The hospital is being named in honor of the late Joan Kirkpatrick, an avid animal lover and strong zoo supporter.  In July 2011, the Kirkpatrick Philanthropies announced a $1 million gift to advance the capital campaign of the new veterinary hospital and encouraged others to do the same.


The Oklahoma Zoological Society and the Oklahoma City Zoo are pleased to partner together to continue to create the world-class Oklahoma City Zoo.  By working hand in hand, this successful partnership has gained national renown, truly showcasing how the public and private sectors can work together for the greatest common good.


OZS was created in 1954 to support and promote the Oklahoma City Zoo and its four purposes of education, conservation, zoological research and recreation. OZS does this through membership drives, fund-raising, capital campaigns, marketing, special events and public relations.




Photo credits: Michelle Valentine

From left to right:

Dana McCrory, Executive Director, Oklahoma Zoological Society

Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino, Director of Veterinary Services, Oklahoma City Zoo

Dwight Scott, Executive Director/CEO, Oklahoma City Zoo

Christian Keesee, Chairman, Kirkpatrick Foundation, President, Kirkpatrick Family Fund

Donna McCampbell, Chairwoman, Oklahoma City Zoo Trust

Dick Beshear, Fundraising Chairman, Oklahoma Zoological Society

Vicki Howard, President, Oklahoma Zoological Society Board of Directors

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