View Full Version : Elephant Habitat at the OKC Zoo

11-05-2012, 03:22 AM
Note: I was going to post this in the 'Oklahoma City Zoo' thread, except that there doesn't appear to be one (at least, I couldn't find it). So, I'll give it one here.

The new elephant habitat looks quite impressive. It opened in March 2011 and covers 9.5 acres.

It's comprised of:
Elephant Barn: 15,600 square feet, 8 separate stalls with different configuration opportunities plus a large community stall with sand surface. Radiant floor heating system, raised office with 360 degree view of interior, ambient lighting through windows and skylights and hydraulic-operated animal gates.
Bull Yard: acre with 8 foot deep, 30,000 gallon pool.
Center Yard: acre between bull and cow yards with the capability to open into the bull yard includes a 4,500 gallon, 2 foot deep pool.
Herd Yard: 2.6 acres with a twelve foot deep, 214,000 gallon pool. Waterfall off of barn flows into stream leading into pool.
Elephant Pavilion/Amphitheatre: seats 400+ people. Daily routines such as baths, foot care and training sessions will be seen from the pavilion, allowing for interaction with the elephant keepers.
source: New Elephant Habitat - Oklahoma City Zoo (

I came across some wonderful pics for this...

source: Oklahoma city zoo visit gorgeousingray (

also... pg


and finally...

source: The Circus "NO SPIN ZONE": Oklahoma City Zoo's New Elephant Exhibit (

11-05-2012, 01:50 PM
Btw, I wanted to use an 'Adventure District' icon for this post, but we don't seem to have one.

11-05-2012, 03:34 PM
I'm pretty sure I posted this somewhere on here before (another thread), but here it is again (from our visit).

11-05-2012, 06:23 PM
Elephant habitats are controversial to say the least. Our zoo has one of the best open-habitat zoos in the country. Houston is another in the region that has a quality elephant program. The new gold standard for elephant habitats in America is being developed in Portland, OR.

11-05-2012, 06:50 PM
Does anyone know if the Asia Exhibit is postponed? On their website it says "on the horizon". There is no date posted next to it like the other projects.

11-07-2012, 09:21 PM
We visited the zoo recently, first time in 20+ years. The habitats are much improved for most animals. Elephant Pavilon was amazing.

OKC Heel
11-09-2012, 09:57 AM
I was not impressed. What i saw was a whole bunch of fancy crap for people but not much for the elephants. Zoos should take a minimalist approach to everthing outside of the actual exhibit. All that's needed is enough room to view the animals in something that should resemble a natural habitat, as opposed to seeing them in something that looks like a mix of a circus animal training exhibit, a putt putt course, and a military obstacle course.