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Tulsa Zoo Friends Members provide much-needed support for the zoo through annual memberships. Your membership supports exhibit improvements, and it also helps to provide essential items for the zoo, such as enrichment and food for animals. Your dedication to the zoo helps us continue our commitment to conservation.

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Seafood Watch Conservation Outreach and Restaurant Partner
At the Tulsa Zoo, our California sea lions serve as our ambassadors for ocean conservation. Choices we all make everyday can have a great impact on the conditions threatening sea lions and other marine life. The Tulsa Zoo is a Conservation Outreach and Restaurant Partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program. This program supports healthy, abundant oceans by promoting sustainable seafood. We may be landlocked in Oklahoma, but our actions still have a big impact on the world’s oceans.

Learn more about how the seafood choices you make impact current conditions threatening sea lions and other marine life at Seafood Watch.

Get the Seafood Watch mobile app through Apple App Store or Google Play.

Sustainable Palm Oil
The biggest threat to wild Asian elephants, tigers and primates is deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nigeria and Colombia. The main crop planted after the forest is cleared is palm oil. Palm oil is used in many everyday foods and products, like cookies, crackers, toothpaste and lotion. Palm oil is a crop that is really important to the economy and people in Indonesia and Malaysia, and can be produced in a responsible way without cutting down the rainforest. This practice produces sustainable palm oil. The easiest thing you can do to help these wild animals is to support companies who are making the commitment to use sustainable palm oil.

Download and explore these tools created to guide you through the process of purchasing sustainable products:
iPhone App
Android App

Visit Sustainable Palm Oil Platform to find out more about the palm oil crisis.

The Monarch Initiative of Tulsa

The Tulsa Zoo is part of The Monarch Initiative of Tulsa, which is focused on monarch butterfly conservation within Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma. This group is made up of representatives from the Tulsa Garden Center, The Nature Conservancy – Oklahoma Chapter, Oxley Nature Center, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Riverfield Country Day School,  and the Tulsa Zoo. The Monarch Initiative works to develop a consistent message that directs and mentors people within our community to create and plant monarch habitats, which are known as waystations.

Visit Monarch Initiative of Tulsa site.

Monarch Butterfly Conservation

Monarch butterflies need our help. Milkweed, their only food source, is experiencing a rapid decline, which could cause them to go extinct. You can help monarch butterflies by planting milkweed in your own backyard. By doing this, you are creating a Monarch Waystation, which provides monarch butterflies with a specific habitat to assist and maintain their migration periods.

Check out the Pollinator GuideNative Plant ID Guide and Milkweed Guide from our friends at the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Click here to learn more about this important organization, and to find additional literature about sustainable agriculture

Learn where you can purchase milkweed below

Tulsa Metro nurseries and plant festivals are excellent sources for milkweed plants and nectar plants. Both are must haves for Monarchs. The butterflies lay eggs ONLY on milkweed plants, and they need fuel, which comes from the blooms of dozens of Oklahoma native and non-native plants.

Here are some places which usually have a variety of plants that will draw Monarchs to your garden.

Possible Nectar and Milkweed Plant Sources in Northeastern Oklahoma 2017
Brookside Herb Festival
Jenks Herb Festival
Sand Springs Herb Festival
Tulsa Garden Center Spring Fest
Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour
Bustani Plant Farm (405) 372-3379
Cohlmia’s (918) 671-8669
Colebrook Nursery (918) 445-0539
Duck Creek Farms (918) 381-0902
Groggs Green Barn (918) 994-4222
Grumpy’s Garden (918) 582-3637
Myers Nursery (918) 259-5864
Riddle Plant Farm (918) 245-3158
Sanders Nursery (918) 486-1500
Southwood Landscape & Nursery (918) 299-9409
Steph’s Gardens (918) 630-7060
Stonebridge Garden Center (918) 341-1228
Stringer Nursery (918) 628-0296
Ted & Debbies Flower & Garden (918) 745-0011
Timber Ridge Farms (918) 638-5969
Utopia Gardens (918) 698-0468
Wendland Nursery & Landscaping (918) 252-4214
Wild Things Nursery (405) 255 1707
Worley’s Greenhouse & Nursery, Inc. (918) 272-2399