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NewsOK camera gives behind-the-scenes look at Oklahoma City Zoo elephants

OKC Zoo and NewsOK have launched a live elephant camera at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The camera gives viewers a chance to see the elephants for the next few months before they come back on exhibit this spring.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: November 21, 2010 at 7:25 am •  Published: November 21, 2010

“However, we can't let our guests come and see them because we're still under construction. This camera allows the guests to see the elephants and see how they're doing and see how they're acclimating to their new environment.”

Active until spring

The camera will remain active until the spring, when the elephant exhibit is scheduled to open.

The $13 million exhibit is the largest ever at the Oklahoma City Zoo, but it's only the first phase of a larger Asia exhibit.

The second phase of the Asia project will cost about $17 million.

The elephant cam does not have sound at the request of zoo staff.

The camera will remain on 24 hours a day except for any unforeseen technical problems or emergencies.

The camera shows a view of the community stall, where Asha and Chandra spend quite a bit of time.

But the elephants won't always be on screen.

During the mornings, the animals usually spend time training with their keepers or roaming their new habitat outside.

“That's a lot to do in one day, so that's why you won't always see the elephants in the community stall where the camera is,” zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said.

The best time for viewing is the afternoon and evening before sunset.

View the live webcam


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