Welcome to the Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden!
The Oklahoma City Zoo is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums as both a living museum and a botanical garden. The Zoo participates in numerous cooperative Species Survival Plan projects and is dedicated to the conservation of rare and endangered wildlife.
AZA accredited facilities are dedicated to providing excellent care for their plants and animals, a great experience for guests and a better future for all living things.
The Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden will be one of the world's premier zoological institutions, providing visitors and the community with exemplary recreational and educational opportunities.
The Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden shall contribute to an understanding and preservation of the earth's natural resources through positive recreational and educational experiences. The Zoo will also conduct and participate in scientifically based conservation programs that benefit animal and plant communities, both at the Zoo and in nature.
The Zoo shall provide the following to support and implement its Vision and Mission Statements:
- A diverse animal and plant collection exhibited under naturalistic conditions.
- An environment where visitors may enjoy a recreational experience that is compatible with the Zoo's mission.
- Educational opportunities that reflect current information about the natural world and its diversity.
- Opportunities for zoological research that will contribute to the husbandry, conservation and overall well being of all animal and plant communities.
- Resources for the development of staff and volunteers to assure program potential and growth in performance excellence.
- A sound foundation of fiscal and organizational controls that preserve the community's trust and support.
Zoo Associations and Awards
Zoo associations include the AZA, AAM, Oklahoma City chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers, the Association of Zoological Horticulture and the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboretums.
Local membership in professional organizations includes Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Association of Fundraising Professionals and Public Relations Society of America.
Awards include being named the Third Best Zoo for kids in the nation in May 2004 by Child magazine after an extensive survey of over 150 zoos belonging to the AZA. In November 2005, the Zoo was named one of five finalists in Microsoft's "America's Favorite Zoo" contest. In 2012, the Zoo was voted the Third Best Zoo in the nation by 10Best.com.
Other awards include the Edward R. Bean Significant Achievement Award for long-term propagation and management of the okapi species; and The International Conservation Significant Achievement Award for the Betampona Ruffed Lemur Release and Conservation Program.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of accredited zoos and aquariums in the areas of animal care, wildlife conservation, education and science. AZA is America's leading accrediting organization for zoos and aquariums and accredits only those institutions which have achieved rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science. With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement.