OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.
— The Oklahoma City Zoo is in the midst of a busy summer when it comes to new animals.
On July 3, the zoo will open its newest animal exhibit, Stone Zoo, the first of its kind in the country.
It will be a three-story, 40,000-square-foot exhibit featuring lions, tigers, elephants and other creatures.
It will be home to about 50 elephants and up to 100 lions, among other exotic animals.
Oklahoma City Zoo Director Dr. Susan Schuessler said the zoo is planning a special “lunch” and a “sunny-day” event in August to welcome visitors.
It’s the zoo’s first time hosting such an event in its modern history.
She said there’s also an animal-centric exhibit in the zoo that is set to open later this month.
The exhibit will feature animals from around the world.
The zoo’s newest addition is a lion named Amba, a 10-year-old female, the largest African lion and one of the largest male lions in the world, according to zoo officials.
The new exhibit will be part of the zoo and will feature a variety of species including zebras, lions, giraffes, zebranos, cougars, tigers and more.
There will be more than a dozen species of fish, birds and mammals in the exhibit, including seals, seals with tails and whales.
“We are trying to make sure the zoo has a diverse selection of animals, not just animals that are available for captive breeding,” Schuesselersaid.
“The zoo has been really successful in its mission and I am proud of the work that they have done.”