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Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

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Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
Oklahoma City Zoo logo.png
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden Logo (2002-present)
Date opened1902 (Wheeler Park Zoo)[1]
1920 (as Lincoln Park Zoo)[2]
LocationOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Coordinates35°31′16″N 97°28′21″W / 35.5212°N 97.4724°W / 35.5212; -97.4724
Land area119 acres (48 ha)
No. of animals1,900 [3]
No. of species512 [3]
Annual visitors1,046,000 [4]
MembershipsAZA,[5] AAM[6]
Websitewww.okczoo.org

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is a zoo and botanical garden located in Oklahoma City's Adventure District in northeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The zoo covers 119 acres (48 ha) and is home to more than 1,900 animals. It is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The Oklahoma City Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums.

Exhibits

Other attractions within the zoo include Safari Voyage boats, the giraffe feeding platform, the Safari Tram, the Endangered Species Carousel, the Sea Lion Show, the Centennial Choo Choo, the Jungle Gym Playground and swan paddleboats.

Surrounding the zoo are the Zoo Amphitheater, Lincoln Park, Northeast Lake and the Lincoln Park Golf Course. The zoo is located Oklahoma City's Adventure District at the crossroads of I-35 and I-44. Other attractions in the Adventure District are the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Science Museum Oklahoma (formerly called the Omniplex), the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame, and Remington Park Racing/Casino.

List of animals
Mammals
Birds
Invertebrates
Fish

Former exhibits

  • Dolphinarium: The zoo kept bottlenose dolphins from 1986 until 2001. To prevent further dolphin deaths, the dolphins were returned to Mississippi, and the exhibit now hosts sea lions.
  • Monkey Island: Located at the entrance, monkeys would play, eat, and even sleep on a specially made island that was dug down into the ground. Opened in 1935 and dismantled in 1998. The decision was made to get rid of it because zoo visitors would either drop or throw hazardous materials on to the island, and the monkeys would choke. The island was closed and filled in. Today, there is a plaza at the entrance, with a gift shop, a restaurant, and the ZooFriends' office surround a floor where monkey island once was. From 1935–1985, there was a ship on the island.
  • Primate House: Built in the 1950s. The apes were kept there until 1993. In 1993, the apes were given a more natural habitat. The building was torn down and the Canopy Food Court was built in its place.

Famous denizens

Malee was an Asian elephant born April 15, 2011, weighing 300 pounds, the child of one of the Oklahoma City Zoo's elephants, Asha, and a male elephant named Sneezy who lives at the Tulsa Zoo. The Zoo held birthday parties for her every year.[13][14] On September 30, 2015, zookeepers noticed discoloration of her trunk. After two failed treatments, she died at 4 AM CST on October 1, 2015. The cause of death was determined to be elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus, which the other elephants at the zoo aside from her sister Achara also had.[15] “Judy” the Elephant

Gallery

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Stephens 2006, pp. 9
  2. ^ Stephens 2006, pp. 37
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2011-01-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-20. Retrieved 2016-03-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Currently Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  6. ^ "List of Accredited Museums" (PDF). aam-us.org. American Alliance of Museums. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Great EscApe". okczoo.com. Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Archived from the original on 20 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Cat Forest/Lion Overlook". okczoo.com. Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Oklahoma Trails". okczoo.com. Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Archived from the original on 1 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  10. ^ "Noble Aquatic Center: Aquaticus". okczoo.com. Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Archived from the original on 31 December 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Butterfly Garden". okczoo.com. Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Island Life". okczoo.com. Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Archived from the original on 31 December 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  13. ^ "Malee's 1st Birthday Bash at the OKC Zoo" (Press release). OKC Zoo. April 6, 2012. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  14. ^ "OKC Zoo planning second Birthday Bash" (Press release). OKC Zoo. April 8, 2013. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  15. ^ Patterson, Matt (October 1, 2015). "Virus eyed in death of Malee, zoo's 4-year-old elephant". The Oklahoman. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.

References

  • Amy Dee Stephens (2006). Oklahoma City Zoo: 1902-1959. Charleston, S.C: Arcadia. ISBN 0-7385-4049-8.

External links

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