ZOOtroop is a group of young professionals ages 21-35 dedicated to promoting the Oklahoma City Zoo's educational, conservation, research, and recreational programs, enhancing its volunteer base, and building future leadership for the Oklahoma Zoological Society.
The group held its first meeting in January 2012 and started developing their mission of improving and promoting the the health benefits of visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo.
With its 18 members, ZOOtroop continues to raise conservation awareness, promote the health benefits of visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo and supporting ZOOfriends and the Oklahoma City Zoo as volunteers for numerous events and projects.
- Bethany Marshall, President
- Kate Benear
- Lydia Christine
- Caitlin Cinotto
- Blake Cody
- Charlie Courtney
- Marilyn Davidson
- Rachel Emory
- Alisonn Fink
- KK Frates
- Jennifer Gaddy
- Kelsey Gilbert
- Steve Kerr
- Sonia Lucas
- Kimberly Meade
- Brooke Powell
- Ally Rodriguez
- Emilee Sides
Apply to Become a Member of ZOOtroop
Are you a young professional passionate about the well-being of our animals and plant?
Each year a varying number of positions become available in our young professionals group and we strive to find young professionals who are passionate about the OKC Zoo, wild life, conservation and our plant. Do you have what it takes to be a member of ZOOtroop?
ZOOtroop Member Requirements
- Must be between the ages of 21-35 at the time of application
- Must be able to attend 75% ZOOtroop meetings
- Pay annual dues of $75
- Serve minimum two (2) year term (terms begin July each year)
- Passionate about the OKC Zoo, wild life, conservation and planet
If you are interested in applying for ZOOtroop review the application process and download the application to submit. Applications are accepted via e-mail, mailed to ZOOtroop, PO Box 18424, Oklahoma City, OK 73154 or hand-delievered to the ZOOfriends membership office.
ZOOtroop Application Process
- All applications are due May 15 of each year (e-mailed, postmarked or hand-delivered)
- Results will be communicated no later than June 1 of each year
- Applications are evaluted based on completemess, community involvment, relevant skills and experience. level of interest and strength of recommendation letters
- Must have two (2) letters of recommendation
- Members are selected by a committee consisting of three (3) individuals directly involved with the Zoo
For questions regarding ZOOtroop please e-mail ZOOfriends or call 405-425-615.
Cocktails in Cat Forest
In 2014 ZOOTroop's primary focus was on conservation. ZOOTroop partnered with the Zoo's carnivore team to host Cocktails in Cat Forest. At Cocktails in Cat Forest guests were educated on the palm oil crisis that is threatening a number of species, including Sumatran tigers. They were also treated to a behind-the-scenes with either lions or tigers, learned about enrichment activities for the cats, participated in a silent auction, talked one-on-one with the keepers and enjoyed delicious food and specialty cocktails. Net proceeds from the event supported the OKC Zoo's conservation efforts. The event was very successful and in 2015 ZOOtroop hosted Cocktails in Cat Forest and increased the attendence to 75 guests.
ZOOtroop Pedometer Program
In 2012, ZOOtroop focused on recreation at the ZOO. After mapping nine walking trails in the Spring, ZOOtroop wanted a way to encourage zoo visitors to utilize the walking trail and created a pedometer program.
Pedometers were checked out in the ZOOfriends membership office and for each mile a participant walked at the Zoo, they earned a point. Points were then redeemed for prizes.
For each mile (2,300 steps) walked at the Zoo and recorded by ZOOfriends membership staff participants received a point. Points were then accumulated for prizes. Kids (ages 5-12) earned a Zoo gift card for every 5 miles walked. Adults earned a refillable Zoo cup for 15 miles, t-shirt for 30 miles and gift card prize pack and one entry into a grand prize drawing for 50 miles.
Mercy and Red Coyote Running helped sponsor the new program and helped launch it with a private walking event that over 300 people attended at the Zoo.
ZOOtroop Walking Trails
When you visit the Oklahoma City Zoo, you are most likely coming to see the exotic animals and beautiful landscaping. You probably aren’t thinking of the health benefit you are receiving. And that’s exactly the reason ZOOtroop unveiled nine newly mapped walking trails in 2012.
The walking trails were developed to showcase the healthy benefit of visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo. There are nine trails to choose from and range in distance from .32 miles to 2.87 miles. The varying distances allow even the most novice walker an opportunity to benefit from the trails.
Benefits of the trails include scenery and safety. Along each trail you have the opportunity to see exotic wildlife and landscaping and the Zoo provides a safe environment for walkers with staff, security and EMT’s on grounds. ZOOfriends memberships are also a benefit. For less than you pay for a gym membership, you can purchase a ZOOfriends membership and have a place to be active and outdoors 362 days a year.