Tulsa Zoo

The Tulsa Zoo's popular Conservation On Tap event will happen soon. It's a sold-out gathering, a fundraiser from which all profits will go toward saving chinchillas in the wild. We learn about these important, furry, and quite threatened creatures -- their habitat, habits, history, etc. -- on today's StudioTulsa.

The folks who bring you StudioTulsa have been on summer holiday for the first half of August.

Here's a guide to the programs that we aired on ST on July 31st as well as August 3rd through the 7th, along with audio links (in case you'd like to hear any of these programs as a free, on-demand mp3 stream).

Friday, July 31st -- We spoke with Terrie Correll, CEO of the Tulsa Zoo; you can hear that conversation here:

We also featured a commentary during our 7-31-15 show by Janet Pearson; it concerned Oklahoma travel and tourism and can be heard here:

On this edition of ST, with Spring Break now in effect, we're discussing some new changes and enhancements at that ever-popular Spring Break destination known as the Tulsa Zoo. For openers, the Robert J. LaFortune WildLIFE Trek, formerly known as the North American Living Museum, was unveiled to the public on Saturday the 16th; it's a four-building complex that houses everything from grizzly bears to naked mole rats to albino alligators. Also, there's a new exhibit on display in the zoo's African Plains section that features three highly endangered African Painted Dogs.

Zoo Takes Donations for Displaced Pets

Aug 11, 2012
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Tulsa Zoo is reaching out to help those affected by wildfires, particularly the many animals that were separated from their owners or displaced during the mandatory evacuations. The Zoo will be taking donations for the Tulsa SPCA to assist these animals in need through the end of August.

The items most needed at this time are dog and cat food (both bags and cans), water dishes for dogs or horses, collars and leashes, horse feed, hay and gently used blankets.

The Zoo will accept donations daily from 7am to 5pm. For larger donation items, please contact your local SPCA

No Monkey Business at the Zoo

Jun 8, 2012

Bernsen the chimpanzee celebrates his fifth birthday Sunday June 10th. Everyone is invited to the Tulsa Zoo Sunday at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate Bernsen’s birthday. The other chimps will also join the celebration by having birthday treats. Stop by Chimpanzee Connection and wish Bernsen a happy birthday!

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The Tulsa Zoo is mourning the loss of one of its chimpanzees, “Alvin”.  An altercation broke out Saturday between the 20-year-old Alvin and the other chimpanzees in the group. The male chimp was separated from the group and was immediately examined visually and treated by the veterinary staff. The incident occurred during zoo hours and once Alvin was safely isolated, the interior exhibit was closed to the public.

New exhibit opens at Tulsa Zoo

Mar 16, 2012
Jarrod Wyatt

The Tulsa Zoo dedicates its newest exhibit. The Helmerich Sea Lion Cove was dedicated yesterday and will open to the public tomorrow.

The facility cost just over five million dollars and was financed by several sources including the 2006 third-penny sales tax and community donations.

You can watch the sea lions swim under the water through a plate glass portal. There are also bleachers to watch above ground demonstrations.  The tank holds 100,000 gallons of salt water.

Our guest today is Terrie Correll, the CEO of Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (or TZMI). It's been about a year since the Tulsa Zoo moved from being a city-owned facility to a public-private partnership, and earlier this week, the impending benefits of this move were made readily apparent by the announcement of the zoo's brand-new master plan. As Correll tells us, it's a 20-year master plan that was commissioned by TZMI --- and that describes what the zoo's exhibits, features, facilities, and events will look like in the years to come, as well as where these will be located. The St.

The Tulsa Zoo unveiled its master plan to the Tulsa Park Board on Tuesday and discussed how the zoo might look in the next 20 years. As part of the Tulsa Zoo’s transition from City governance to a public-private partnership, a 20 year master plan was commissioned by Tulsa Zoo Management Inc. (TZMI) as outlined in its contract with the City to address the advancement of the physical layout and condition of the zoo. TZMI operates the zoo through an operating agreement with the City of Tulsa.