Media - The Basics

The Tulsa Zoo is fully accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, which sets the professional standards for zoos.  The zoo is also designated as an affiliate garden through the Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum Association.


  • Animal: The Tulsa Zoo currently manages nearly 2,500 animals of 500 different species, many of which are rare or endangered and subsequently managed by a Species Survival Plans (SSP).  The Tulsa Zoo is heavily involved in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association's SSP program for the long-term survival of many different animal species.
  • Botanical: The Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum is situated on 84 beautifully landscaped acres.  The botanical collection is presented in traditional landscape and ornamental planting and in the creation of habitats for animal enrichment and exhibit enhancement. The botanical collection is supported and maintained with three greenhouses, totaling nearly 4,000 square feet. 

The idea of a zoo for Tulsa was introduced to the Tulsa Park Board in May of 1927.  The Zoo opened in 1928 with 35 animals. Since then, the Tulsa Zoo has grown to its current size of 84 acres and 2,500 animals.