Oklahoma News
7:16 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Maine Sending Elephants Back To Oklahoma

Two elephants living at an elephant rehabilitation center in Maine are being sent back to an Oklahoma sanctuary following the death of a caretaker.
Credit Oklahoma City Zoo

Two elephants living at Hope Elephants rehabilitation center in Maine will be sent back to a sanctuary in Oklahoma in the wake of the crushing death of their caretaker.

Police say veterinarian James Laurita died Tuesday in the animals' barn in Hope when one of the elephants apparently stepped on him.

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The Wild Life
3:19 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Facing Backlash, SeaWorld Expands Killer Whale Habitats

In this April 10, 2014 photo, Sea World trainer Michelle Shoemaker hugs killer whale Kayla as she works on a routine before a show, in Orlando, Fla. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has faced criticism over its treatment of its captive killer whales since the release of the highly-critical documentary, "Blackfish," last year. (John Raoux/AP)

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 10:56 am

The struggling theme park chain SeaWorld announced plans today to enlarge and improve the killer whale tanks at three of its parks.

The renovations will begin at the San Diego SeaWorld in 2015, where the total water volume in the killer whale environment will double to 10 million gallons and include a “fast water current” for the whales to swim against.

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Animal World
10:38 am
Mon June 17, 2013

21-Year-Old Tulsa Zoo Giraffe Dies

Samburu, longtime resident of the Tulsa Zoo, died Saturday.
Credit Tulsa Zoo

The Tulsa Zoo has had to put down a 21-year-old giraffe who had a broken bone in his right, front foot.

Zoo officials said Sunday that Samburu, also known as Sam, died on Saturday. He was born at the zoo in 1992.

The zoo says Sam lived longer than average for a male giraffe cared for by humans. He suffered from osteoarthritis.

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