Tulsa's Zoo and Mohawk Park was established in 1924 after civic leaders underwrote its cost with notes secured by stud horses. One of the most popular exhibits at the park was Monkey Island with a population of 40 monkeys purchased at $7 each.
The 2,400-acre recreational facility, which included a number of fishing lakes, attracted tens of thousands annually during the pre-World War II era.
The Zoo has inspired a passion for wildlife and provided an affordable destination for families. It features more than 400 species, many of which are rare or endangered in the wild.