Oklahoma City Zoo

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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.


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.

Headlines for Monday, March 9, 2015:

  • An OU fraternity is closing and its members are getting suspended after a video of members participating in a racist chant was posted online. (NewsOK)

  • The State Treasurer issues tough language for lawmakers. (Journal Record)

  • An investigation uncovers a possible secret deal with the Creek Nation Chief and a casino developer. (Tulsa World)

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.

October in OKC Means Haunt the Zoo is Back

Oct 1, 2014

The Oklahoma City Zoo is gearing up for an eek-o-friendly Halloween.

KOSU’s Crystal Huffman has the details leading up to this year’s Haunt the Zoo.

The Oklahoma City Zoo invites you to go green this Halloween by joining their 3rd annual Costume Swap and Pumpkin Drive.

Gayla Peevey

Flip through the radio stations in your car or visit the mall this month and you’ll probably hear “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas” a time or two.  The song was recorded in 1953 by then 10-year-old Oklahoman Gayla Peevey.  The song’s popularity helped raise enough money to adopt Matilda, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s first hippo.  KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll had a chat with Peevey for the 60th anniversary of the song’s release.