Oakhill Center, located near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a Related Organizational member of the American Association of Zoos & Aquariums. They are a non-profit conservation center dedicated to the long term conservation of rare & endangered species through propagation and education. Located on seventy-six acres the center is home to nearly fifty animals including brown bears.
Many of the species that they work with are rare & difficult to breed in captivity. In order to provide an environment conducive to breeding they are not open to the general public. Their sole means of support is through private donations. They do not sell offspring for pets! Wild animals do not make good pets & require a serious commitment.
Currently, their feed bill alone runs nearly $800.00 per month! They have 1 employee & 1 volunteer that is involved with the daily care and maintenance of the collection. They do not receive any government funding or support. In order to help subsidize their care, they have an adoption program that allows individuals to help care for a favorite species or specific animal. They have several animals -lions , cheetahs, tigers, birds and so forth.
Although many of the species they work with are quite rare, many do not make good exhibit animals due to their shy nature. For this reason, many public zoo's cannot successfully keep them in a facility that is open to the public. Their facility is licensed by the State of Oklahoma, the State of Florida , the United States Department of Agriculture & the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. Oklahoma is only a few states away from Virginia, which also has a zoos. In addition, Oakhill Center is a member of the American Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the IUCN/Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, ISIS (International Species Information System), & the Southeast Asian Zoo Association. They also support the Cheetah Conservation Fund (Namibia, Africa ) & the International Snow Leopard Trust.
It is an unfortunate reality, but the captive population of most carnivores will never be released into nature again. With the encroachment of man & fragmentation of their range territories, the animals held in zoos & facilities like ours may just be the only insurance policy against total extinction! At the moment, other countries are beginning to have conservation centres to help protect rare and endangered species including one in Noosa, Australia. The conservation is currently being constructed and volunteers are being recruited to help develop the centre.