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We’re growing!

Here’s a sneak peek of new projects included in the Zoo’s Master Plan…



New Veterinary Hospital

 2014 - Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital Opening

This state-of-the-art facility will help our vet staff enhance the already professional health care for our 1,900+ animals. Behind-the-scenes viewing opportunities for Zoo guests will be available, too!


Click here for Hospital fact sheet.


Residency Programs

 The Oklahoma City Zoo residency program is a three-year training program, meeting the criteria of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM).  This program provides the resident with medical exposure to the Zoo’s diverse collection of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, consisting of 1,800 animals representing over 650 species.  The primary objective of the program is to train post-graduate veterinarians in the specialty of Zoological Medicine, meeting or exceeding the standards established by the American College of Zoological Medicine.

Additionally, residents will have the opportunity to gain experience at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Tulsa Zoo.  Program applications are available through the Veterinary internship and residency matching program (VIRMP) at www.virmp.org.  The next application will be available October 2016.


On the Horizon


2015 - Giraffe Habitat

Watch giraffes graze as you enjoy a worldly dining experience in the brand new African-style restaurant and events center.  

2017 - Herpetarium Relocation

The Zoo’s Canopy Restaurant will be transformed into a new Herpetarium featuring a diverse collection of reptiles and amphibians.

2019 - Noble Aquatic Center: Aquaticus Renovation

Aquaticus is in need of an extreme makeover! Remodeling for this favorite attraction will include interactive aquariums, and potential to bring in bigger species, like sharks.

Date Unknown - Expedition Asia

Set out on an excursion to explore Expedition Asia. See and learn about exotic and endangered species and plants from Asia.

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