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Oklahoma City Zoo campaign inspires gifts of all sizes

The hospital campaign needs to raise $700,000 to reach its $9 million goal.
by Matt Patterson Modified: January 2, 2013 at 6:50 am •  Published: January 2, 2013

ZooFriends sent out 100,000 pieces of direct mail to Oklahoma City residents seeking donations. McCrory said donations have come in from a diverse group of zoo fans.

“We had a child who sent us a picture of a lion that he drew with a $5 bill taped inside and he wrote ‘I hope you can build a new hospital for the animals and maybe my allowance can help,'” McCrory said. “We've seen donations from people of all ages and many from kids who just want to do something to help the animals they love seeing. The generosity of people never ceases to amaze me.”

McCrory said the mail campaign was aimed at raising money, but also raising awareness about the zoo and one of its most important facilities.

“I think people are fascinated by the care that we give to our animals,” she said. “So many didn't realize that we had vets on staff at the zoo. When the new hospital is built, we'll be moving it closer to the people who visit so they can see some of the care the animals receive.”

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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