Oklahoma City has only been around for a little over 100 years, but in that short amount of time it has managed to become one of the biggest and most prosperous towns in the Midwest.
Originally settled as a place for Sooners to get supplies for their homesteads, it quickly became a large frontier town. Railroads were put in place and Oklahoma City’s future was secured.
Within a decade or two the discovery of massive oil reserves in the area attracted thousands of people looking to make their money in this revolutionary new business. Not just oil tycoons, but all the necessary supporting businesses began to show up and thrive within a short amount of time.
With time some of this money went towards improving the city. The oil industry, while extremely profitable, didn’t attract the most sophisticated individuals and those that had made their fortunes looked for ways to improve on the city. One of these improvements was the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Originally founded in 1902 as a small park for people to come look at deer, it soon turned into a popular destination with all sorts of other animals.
Over the next several decades the zoo survived a variety of small disasters including the dustbowl years of the Great Depression. This was a low point for the zoo.
But in recent years Oklahoma City and it’s zoo have experienced a rebirth. It is now one of the most popular attractions in the city. It showcases hundreds of animals and hosts thousands of people all year long.
Here is a map if you’re interested in visiting on your next trip.
Some of the more popular attractions in the zoo include the rhino exhibit, the reptile exhibit, and the giraffes. If you’re interested in learning more about the OKC Zoo you can visit their website here. https://www.okczoo.org