Animal Hospital, Elephants and Trails...Oh My!

Posted by Rachel Meinke on 05/03/2015

pril 2015

Most of you probably already know what a world class zoo we have in Oklahoma City.....but did you know that starting this month there will be another reason for its reputation of excellence, not only here but beyond our state’s borders? The nine million dollar Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital is about to open its doors at the zoo and that means not only state of the art Animal Care, but, in effect, a stunning visitor attraction as well. And, if that’s not enough, throw in a little bit of elephant drama and you’ve got the makings of a dynamite spring season. Here to tell us all about it is Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino, Director of Veterinary Services, and Tara Henson,  the Zoo’s Public Relations and Marketing Director. LISTEN NOW

If you’ve never been to Martin Park Nature Center in Oklahoma City, put it on your list! It’s a wooded oasis in the city, with miles of hiking trails and all sorts of nature and wildlife. But what if you’re among the 600,000 disabled people in Oklahoma, maybe bound to a wheelchair, or deaf or blind......what would a place like Martin Park offer you? Well, thanks to a dream by a man in a wheelchair and his organization’s partnership with the City, the answer is the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital Courage Trail. Jack McMahan is the founder of Wilderness Matters. He’s here along with Melinda McMillan, Natural Resources Division Manager for the Oklahoma City Parks and Rec Department. LISTEN NOW

Support for The Living Room with Gerry Bonds is provided by the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma......a destination devoted to sharing and celebrating Chickasaw history and culture. More information at