Oklahoma City Zoo

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The Oklahoma City Zoo is adding a new bee program to help pollinate zoo grounds and integrate learning opportunities for guests. 

The program, which has been in the works for over a year, will house four hives in its first year as it continues to grow. The Zoo's security manager, James Lowrey, who studies and cares for bees in his free time, will oversee the program.

"For the first year of the program we are starting with four hives," Lowrey said. "That gives us a chance, especially when teaching, for people to see a lot of different hives, a lot of different situations." 

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The Seattle Times dug into an elephant's death at the Oklahoma City Zoo and found the animal suffered injuries, weight loss, skin lesions, chewing problems and other incidents in the months before her death.

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A Seattle-based advocacy group is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the recent death of an Asian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The elephant, named Chai, was transferred from Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo to the Oklahoma facility eight months ago, along with another elephant, named Bamboo. Zookeepers found Chai dead in the elephant yard Saturday morning.

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With Halloween just a few days away, various places around the state are welcoming visitors for events ranging from family-friendly to spooky.

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Officials say a young elephant has died unexpectedly at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The zoo said in a statement that 4-year-old Asian elephant Malee died early Thursday. The zoo says zookeepers noticed that Malee was moving slower than normal on Wednesday, but the elephant was eating and acting normal otherwise.

Zookeepers noticed discoloration in the elephant's mouth at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and began treating Malee for elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus, though that has not been confirmed as the animal's cause of death.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is getting two elephants from a the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle despite criticism from animal activists in the northwest.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk to zoo spokesperson Tara Henson about the move.


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Family Friendly Trick or Treating at the OKC Zoo

Oct 22, 2014

A Halloween tradition is entering its 31st year this weekend at The Oklahoma City Zoo.

Haunt the Zoo gives Oklahoma children a chance to collect treats from costumed characters in a safe and exciting environment.

Catching Butterflies at OKC Zoo

Oct 8, 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoo is taking part in Education and Conservation as a fun family activity.

KOSU's Crystal Huffman shares their seasonal focus.

Children with nets scamper down a winding garden path, peeking through the bright flowers for a flutter of activity.

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