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Oklahoma City Zoo can fulfill animals' Christmas wishes

The Oklahoma City Zoo has kicked off its Wild Wish List campaign aimed at offering the public a chance to donate enrichment items to their favorite zoo animals.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: December 9, 2012
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/articleid/3735924/1/pictures/1902995">Photo - Ornaments like this can be picked out from the Wild Wish List tree at the Oklahoma City Zoo or by visiting amazon.com. Items donated by the public are used for enrichment of the animals. Photo PROVIDED
Ornaments like this can be picked out from the Wild Wish List tree at the Oklahoma City Zoo or by visiting amazon.com. Items donated by the public are used for enrichment of the animals. Photo PROVIDED

“With enrichment we're trying to prevent boredom and stimulate the animals,” Hahn said. “The best way to do that is to have something that helps them mimic their natural behavior.”

All items are researched and approved by the veterinary staff.

“The keepers come up with the ideas, and then we make sure each item is healthy and safe,” Hahn said.

Those who want to donate, but can't make it to the zoo to pick out an ornament can help through amazon.com and search for Oklahoma City Zoo. Or, they can go to www.okczoo.com for a direct link. Items on the amazon.com list will be left there all year long.

Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said the zoo has a budget for enrichment items but donations from the public help the zoo stretch its resources.

“It's an opportunity for the community to get involved,” Henson said. “People donate often because a particular animal means something to them, and their donated items allows us to use funds elsewhere to benefit the animals.”


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