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Keota GEAR UP eighth grade students visit the Tulsa Zoo

5/13/2019

WILBURTON, OK (May 13, 2019) – Twenty Keota eighth grade GEAR UP students recently traveled to the Tulsa Zoo. Students visited the different exhibits, including The Lost Kingdom, African Plains, Asia, Children’s Zoo, Chimpanzee Connection, Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve, Helmerich Sea Lion Cove, and The Rainforest. The Zoo is home to a variety of animals, including a red panda, snow leopard, aldabra tortoises, African Painted dogs, giraffes, meerkats, lions, and primates.

Students learned about the Aldabra tortoises, the second-largest species of tortoise on the planet. These giants can dig large holes and stretch their necks over three feet to reach blowing branches. Tulsa Zoo is home to “Kadabra,” the number one reproducing female Aldabra tortoise of any zoo, anywhere!

After exploring the Zoo, students enjoyed lunch catered by the Tulsa Zoo. During lunch, students, teachers, and GEAR UP Education Coordinator Bethany Hicks shared their favorite experiences of the day as well as things they learned.

“A goal of EOSC GEAR UP is to provide students with opportunities to explore life beyond the classroom and to experience new pathways,” said Hicks. “Visiting the Zoo is a great way for students to observe animals from different regions of the world and learn about wildlife conservations.”

The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Participating schools take two field trips each academic year—one to tour a college or university and one that is cultural/educational in nature. In 2017, Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant and serves over 3,000 students in 39 area schools.


Keota GEARUP students visiting the Aldabra tortoise at Tulsa Zoo. Pictured are (left to right) Kaybre Hoover, Jastin Long, Javen Christenberry, and Ethan Edgerton.


Keota GEAR UP students enjoy the day at the Tulsa Zoo. Pictured are (left to right) Bailey Bennett, Kaybre Hoover, Javen Christenberry, and Makadyn Dominguez.


Keota GEAR UP eighth grade students enjoy the flamingos outside of the Conservation Center.


Keota GEAR UP eighth grade students enjoy the day at Tulsa Zoo. Pictured are (left to right) Alxis Buckner, Autumn Dumas, Keely Jacobson-Carry, and Alexander Pickle.

Keota eighth grade GEAR UP students visit the Tulsa Zoo. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Kaylee Nixon, Kandy Gabbard, Autumn Dumas, Alexis Ball, Bailey Bennett, Makadyn Dominguez, Jastin Long, Javen Christenberry, Preston Beach, (back row) Bracyn Foster, Ethan Edgerton, Dakota Lyons, Weston Knowles, Carrick Meglemre, Alexander Pickle, Keely Jacobson-Carry, Alxis Buckner, Victoria Caldwell, and Kirsten McCarroll.


Keota GEAR UP eighth grade students enjoy the giraffes at Mary K. Chapman Giraffe Experience. Pictured are (left to right) Kaybre Hoover, Bailey Bennett, Makadyn Dominguez, Javen Christenberry, Jastin Long, and Ethan Edgerton.


Keota eighth grade student Preston Beach enjoys the flamingos outside of the Conservation Center.


Keota GEAR UP eighth grade students visit the lions at the Large Cat Grottos. Go Lions! Pictured are (left to right) Bailey Bennett, Kaybre Hoover, Makadyn Dominguez, Javen Christenberry, Jastin Long, Bracyn Foster, and Ethan Edgerton.


Keota GEAR UP eighth grader Ethan Edgerton makes friends with the penguins at the African Penguin Exhibit.


Keota GEAR UP eighth grade students enjoy Fishes of Asia Exhibit. Pictured are (left to right) Alxis Buckner, Autumn Dumas, Alexander Pickle, Weston Knowles, Carrick Meglemre, Dakota Lyons, and Keely Jacobson-Carry.

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