See Snow Tracks And Naked Mole Rats At Tulsa Zoo

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 12:49 pm
By: Dee Duren

Don't let the cold weather keep you from enjoying the sights at some of Tulsa's treasures. A recently Tweeted photo of native Oklahoma wildlife tracks through a fresh powder of snow proves that winter is no time to ignore the residents of the Tulsa Zoo.

Bundle up but don't forget that many Zoo exhibits are indoors.

"We have our tropical American rainforest," said Tulsa Zoo community relations manager Sarah Floyd. "It's 80 degrees year round."

There is also the Robert J. Lafortune Wildlife Trek indoor building that was renovated last March. Visitors are taken through a series of climates - moving from the cold to desert, forest and underwater exhibits.

"That building shows how animals adapt to different environments so it's a really good educational experience this time of year while we're trying to adapt to the cold conditions," Floyd said.

The Wildlife Trek starts out in the cold building where visitors can see how animals like chinchillas and owls adapt.

One of the Zoo's most popular animals can be found in the desert climate - naked mole rats.

"They are an absolute zoo favorite," Floyd said.

If you can tear yourself away from the naked mole rats, you will continue through the forest with animals like raccoons and porcupines then finish up with albino alligators and a floor-to-ceiling tank filled with sea horses.

The Tulsa Zoo is open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 6421 East 36th Street North.