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Good weather helps Oklahoma City Zoo set record

Last month set an attendance record as the best September ever at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: October 20, 2011

Last month set an attendance record as the best September at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

“We had a great month in September,” Executive Director Dwight Scott said at the zoo's trust meeting Wednesday afternoon. “Almost 100,000 guests came through the gates.”

The high numbers can be attributed to good weather and popular exhibits, zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said.

“People were really anxious to get back outside,” she said.

The opening of the giraffe feeding platform also drew visitors, she said. Guests can pay $3 to go onto a special platform and hand-feed the giraffes.

In other business at the trust meeting:

• It was announced that Gayla Peevey will visit the Oklahoma City Zoo next month, and activities are tentatively planned for Nov. 18-20, Henson said. The Oklahoma native was the child star who sang the 1953 hit “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” She now lives out of state.

• A male harpy eagle that was acutely ill has recovered, said Jennifer D'Agostino, director of veterinary services. The bird had stopped eating and was lethargic. “Hopefully it was just a passing bug we took care of,” D'Agostino said. The eagle was caught in the wild as an adult and has been at the Oklahoma City Zoo since the 1970s.

• Two supervisors are leaving for jobs at other zoos. Ape supervisor Jennifer Davis accepted a curator position at the Oregon Zoo. Jonathan Reding, supervisor of Cat Forest and Lion Overlook, accepted a curator position at the Miller Park Zoo in Illinois.


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