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About The Tulsa Zoo

Tulsa Zoo maintains a safe, fun environment for our guests and our animal residents. You can find the rules here.

The Tulsa Zoo is owned by the City of Tulsa and managed by Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. TZMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors.

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Tulsa Zoo

6421 East 36th Street North
Tulsa, OK 74115
(918) 669-6600

Email for General Zoo Information
[email protected]

Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc., Board of Directors

Scott Vandergriff, Chair
Meghan Joiner, Vice Chair
Mike Miers, Treasurer
Joel-lyn McCormick, Secretary

Jeff James, Past Chair

Brad Mueller, Finance Chair

Stuart LambBuilding and Grounds Chair
Suzanne Kneale, Capital Campaign Co-Chair

Jamie Wheeler, Capital Campaign Co-Chair
Betty Pirnat, Governance Chair
Lisa Day, Long Range Planning Chair
Randy Benson

Kevin Boyd

the late Monty Butts
Jordan Helmerich
Michael Junk
Ken Klein
Mendee Perry
Barb Stanley


Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc., Executive Staff

Lindsay Hutchison, President/CEO

Ellen Averill, VP of Communications and Strategy

Joe Barkowski, VP of Animal Conservation and Science

Don Hammons, VP of Finance and Administration

Megan Meussner, VP of Philanthropy

Pat Weisz, VP of Guest Experience


Connecting, Caring, Advocating for Wildlife, People, and Wild Places.

Tulsa Zoo VISION

The Tulsa Zoo will, working with our community, drive change for a future where wildlife and wild places thrive.

Tulsa Zoo VALUES

  • We are enthusiastically committed to be part of the Tulsa Zoo community.
  • We will all work together as one Zoo Team to support the Zoo’s mission.
  • We will value and appreciate everyone and create a safe, understanding, and welcoming environment for all.
  • We will all be accountable for achieving excellence.
  • We will earn the trust of one another, acting honestly and treating each other with respect.

Conservation Strategic Plan

Your visit to the Tulsa Zoo isn’t just a chance to connect with wildlife – it’s a chance for you to play a part in protecting wild places. From the giraffes in Tanzania to songbirds in Indonesia, guests are supporting conservation programs all over the world. Find out more about Tulsa Zoo’s Conservation Strategic Plan.

Green Practices Strategic Plan

The Tulsa Zoo defines green as a fundamental value that moves us toward our goal of environmentally neutral operations. We are committed to reducing our ecological footprint through on-site initiatives and community programs that foster environmentally-conscious practices. In fact, the Tulsa Zoo might be the only zero-landfill zoo in the United States. Find out more about Tulsa Zoo’s Green Practices Strategic Plan.

A Zoo for All — Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at TZMI

The TZMI mission includes people. Our responsibility as an organization as reflected in our values is to create a safe and welcoming environment for all, support a thriving local community, and further our mission in a way that celebrates the power of diverse people working collaboratively for the future of wildlife and wild places. We will accomplish this by creating the people infrastructure, from front-line staff to board of directors, educated about and committed to the zoo’s success.

My Zoo Visit

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