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News Article | May 11, 2017
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Stylish and functional hotel design lets extended-stay guests thrive on the road -- The 105-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is scheduled to open on Monday, May 22, 2017.  Located at 3151 Northwest Expressway, the all-suite Residence Inn Oklahoma City Northwest will operate as a Marriott franchise, managed by Champion Hotels of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.Located 15 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City and 12 miles from Will Rogers World Airport, the Residence Inn Oklahoma City Northwest offers its guests convenient access to the Bricktown District, Boathouse District, Oklahoma City National Memorial, Remington Park, Lake Hefner Golf Course, Integris Baptist Hospital and the Oklahoma City Zoo. Rates vary depending on length of stay."We are pleased with the continued growth of Residence Inn hotels in the Oklahoma City area," said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. "When on the road for an extended period, our guests need space to spread out, maintain their life's pace and restore their energy to help them maintain a healthy balance and routine while traveling. This new hotel offers them a seamless blend of modern style and functionality that allows them to settle in and thrive."Residence Inn properties are designed as all-suite hotels that offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Guests looking for a revitalizing sleep experience will enjoy the hotel's plush mattresses and crisp linens, while guests focused on being productive will value their suite's large, well-lit work desk, ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite also has a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances.The Residence Inn Oklahoma City Northwest's complimentary breakfast has a variety of great options, including specially made featured items. Guests can start their day off right with healthy food choices and, with a convenient to-go offering, can make sure they do not miss the most important meal of the day.Extending the feeling of comfortable living on the road, the Residence Inn Oklahoma City Northwest offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate. Road warriors and families alike enjoy the hotel's grocery delivery service, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour onsite food and beverage market, dry cleaning services, and onsite guest laundry room. The hotel's weeknight evening gatherings - the MIX offer a casual, relaxing environment where guests can be as social as they want, while enjoying premium beers and connection to local flavors. The hotel also maintains a business library where guests can fax, copy and print materials, and provides guests with an outdoor swimming pool, exercise room and meeting room.About Residence Inn by MarriottResidence Inn by Marriott is the global leader in the extended-stay lodging segment, with more than 700 properties located in 10 countries and territories. Designed for long stays, the brand offers spacious suites with separate living, working, and sleeping zones. Fully functional kitchens; grocery delivery service; 24-hour markets and complimentary breakfasts help guests maximize their time and thrive while they travel. The RI Mix evening events afford guests the opportunity to socialize and connect with the local community. Each Residence Inn offers free Wi-Fi in both public and guests spaces to ensure continuous connectivity while on the road. As a member of the Marriott International portfolio, Residence Inn is proud to participate in the industry's award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit residenceinn.marriott.com. For travel tips, the latest on the brand or to connect with other travelers, "like" Residence Inn on Facebook and follow @ResidenceInn on Twitter and Instagram.-------------------------------------Marriott International, Inc. is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,000 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 122 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. Connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

Stoops M.A.,Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife | West G.D.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Roth T.L.,Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife
Zoo Biology | Year: 2014

Urinary hormone analysis was conducted on two adult female Indian rhinoceroses (Rhinoceros unicornis) that exhibited minimal or no estrual behaviors traditionally used to time breeding. Urine was collected throughout two consecutive estrous cycles to establish preliminary data on each individual's pattern and concentration of estrogen conjugates (EC) and progesterone metabolites (PdG) during follicular and luteal phases. Following preliminary endocrine analysis, urine samples were shipped on a frequent basis to verify when each female was off baseline in EC. Estrus and breeding dates were then predicted. Females were introduced to fresh male rhinoceros fecal samples daily throughout the follicular phase to potentially stimulate estrous behaviors. Despite successful assessment of follicular phase dynamics, females sometimes failed to exhibit estrus. Both females conceived following mating introductions that were timed using hormone analysis. Pregnancy was diagnosed either by endocrine analysis or rectal ultrasonography. Progestational support (altrenogest) occurred after pregnancy confirmation and varied for each female (21 and 66 days post-breeding). One female experienced early pregnancy loss and the other successfully completed a term pregnancy. These results demonstrate that a science based management strategy that relies on urinary biomarkers of ovarian function can facilitate naturally breeding captive Indian rhinoceroses. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Waugh L.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Knych H.,University of California at Davis | Cole G.,Oklahoma City Zoo | D'Agostino J.,Oklahoma City Zoo
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2016

The objective of this study was to investigate the pharmacokinetics of a long-acting fentanyl solution in helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris) after transdermal administration. Twenty-one guineafowl received a single administration of 5 mg/kg of fentanyl transdermal solution. No adverse effects on behavior were appreciated. Plasma fentanyl concentrations were determined by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis of protein-precipitated samples. Mean maximum plasma concentration was 228.8 ng/ml at 4 hr. The mean plasma terminal half-life was 33.2 hr. At 168 hr the mean plasma concentration was 1.3 ng/ml. A single topical dose of 5 mg/kg appears to be safe for use in this species and maintained plasma concentrations above those reported to be analgesic in dogs for at least 7 days. © Copyright 2016 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Waugh L.,Oklahoma City Zoo | D'Agostino J.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Cole G.A.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Hahn A.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Day J.D.,The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2017

A 62-yr-old male Southern Isabela giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vicina) had a 1-yr history of chronic, reoccurring pododermatitis on the palmar surface of the left forelimb. Aggressive wound management was instituted and included surgical debridement, vacuum-assisted closure, and orthotic boot support during healing. A custom fabricated, carbon fiber clamshell Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker walking boot was utilized to reduce focal pressure over the wound during weight bearing and promote a more normal gait. Distal padding was used to distribute pressure on the palmar surface of the left forelimb, with a focal depression in the padding preventing pressure directly over the wound. The design and trim lines were adjusted to allow shoulder and elbow motion without impingement. The clamshell design allowed relatively easy removal for wound inspection and dressing changes. The wound ultimately resolved after 9 wk of management with the orthotic boot, with no reoccurrence over the next 3 yr. © Copyright 2017 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Hahn A.,Oklahoma City Zoo | D'Agostino J.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Cole G.A.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Raines J.,Dallas Zoo and Childrens Aquarium at Fair Park
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2014

This report describes two cases of retroperitoneal abscesses in female western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). Clinical symptoms included perivulvar discharge, lameness, hindlimb paresis, and general malaise. Retroperitoneal abscesses should be considered as part of a complete differential list in female gorillas with similar clinical signs. © American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

W. Stern A.,Oklahoma State University | Velguth K.E.,Oklahoma State University | D'Agostino J.,Oklahoma City Zoo
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2010

A 17-yr-old Western Hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus) presented with a prominent midcoelomic swelling. Surgical exploration revealed a large, multicystic, irregular, tan, and firm mass grossly effacing the splenopancreas. The mass was subsequently removed. Histologically, the mass was composed of tubules of columnar to flattened neoplastic cells with an abundant stroma and moderate cellular atypia consistent with a scirrhous adenocarcinoma, likely ductal in origin, given the location of the neoplastic mass. Bloodwork revealed anemia, monocytosis, marked hypercalcemia, and, postoperatively, persistent hyperglycemia. After postoperative recovery, the snake was diagnosed with iatrogenically induced diabetes mellitus and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Due to the inability to clinically control the diabetes mellitus and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and when additional palpable masses were noted, the snake was euthanatized. Necropsy and histopathologic examination confirmed metastasis of the previously removed adenocarcinoma to the liver, right kidney, and large intestine. © 2010 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Cerveny S.N.S.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Garner M.M.,Northwest ZooPath | D'Agostino J.J.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Sekscienski S.R.,Oklahoma City Zoo | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2012

Cryptosporidium sp. is a protozoal parasite that can cause hypertrophic gastritis, regurgitation, and chronic wasting in snakes. Diagnosis can be challenging because of intermittent shedding of the organism in the feces. The purpose of this study was to evaluate gastroscopic biopsy as a diagnostic method for Cryptosporidium sp. screening during an outbreak at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Twenty-two snakes were immobilized by chamber induction with an inhalant anesthetic. Gross lesions were seen in seven snakes and consisted of hyperemia, thickening of the gastric mucosa as observed by lack of rugal folds, and a cobblestoned appearance. Gastric biopsy was performed for histologic evaluation (n = 21). Hypertrophic gastritis with intralesional cryptosporidia was diagnosed in five animals. Eleven animals died or were euthanized and complete necropsy was used to evaluate diagnostic measurements of performance of gastric biopsy. Sensitivity for gastric biopsy was 71.4% and specificity was 100%. Gastroscopy appears to be a useful diagnostic method for Cryptosporidium infection in snakes and can help distinguish true infection from prey-based cryptosporidia seen in fecal samples. © 2012 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Cerveny S.N.,Oklahoma City Zoo | D'Agostino J.J.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Davis M.R.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Payton M.E.,Oklahoma State University
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2012

The laryngeal mask airway is an alternative to endotracheal intubation that achieves control of the airway by creating a seal around the larynx with an inflatable cuff. This study compared use of the laryngeal mask airway with endotracheal intubation in anesthetized western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). Eight adult gorillas were immobilized for routine and diagnostic purposes for a total of nine anesthetic events. During each anesthetic event, gorillas were either intubated (n = 4; group A) or fitted with a laryngeal mask airway (n = 5; group B). Time required to place each airway device, physiologic parameters, and arterial blood gas were measured and compared between the two groups. There were no significant differences between the two groups for time required to place airway device, heart rate, hemoglobin oxygen saturation, end-tidal carbon dioxide, arterial partial pressure of carbon dioxide, or arterial pH between the two groups. Mean arterial partial pressure of oxygen was significantly greater in group B, 15 (group A: 94 ± 44 mm Hg; group B: 408 ± 36 mm Hg; P = 0.0025) and 45 (group A: 104 ± 21 mm Hg; group B: 407 ± 77 mm Hg; P = 0.0026) min after airway device placement. Mean respiratory rate was significantly greater in group A at multiple time points. Mean arterial pressure (group A: 129 ± 16 mm Hg; group B: 60 ± 8 mm Hg) and diastolic blood pressure (group A: 115 ± 21 mm Hg; group B: 36 ± 10 mm Hg) were significantly greater in group A at the time of airway device placement. The laryngeal mask airway maintained oxygenation and ventilation effectively in all gorillas and is a useful alternative to endotracheal intubation in western lowland gorillas. © 2012 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Shaw S.N.,Oklahoma City Zoo | D'Agostino J.J.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Davis M.R.,Oklahoma City Zoo | McCrae E.A.,Oklahoma City Zoo
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2012

Eight 1-yr-old common pintails (Anas acuta acuta) and one 2-yr-old white-faced whistling duck (Dendrocygna viduata) were presented for the persistence of primary flight feathers 1 yr after pinioning. The birds were housed outdoors in an open enclosure necessitating flight prevention. The birds were placed under general anesthesia, and a diode laser was used to ablate the primary feather follicles of the previously pinioned wing. Swelling was the most common side effect seen in seven out of nine treated birds. Other side effects included ulceration, hyperemia, edema, and serosanguinous discharge. All side effects were resolved by 12 wk postprocedure. Laser feather follicle ablation was successful in 28 of 40 (70%) of the treated common pintail feathers, and flight was not observed 7 mo following the procedure in any of these birds. Feather follicle ablation was successful in two of six (33%) of the treated white-faced whistling duck feathers, and the bird in question was observed flying 5 mo after the procedure. Primary feather follicle ablation with a diode laser was a successful method of flight prevention in common pintails but was not effective for a white-faced whistling duck. © 2012 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Hahn A.,Oklahoma City Zoo | D'Agostino J.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Cole G.,Oklahoma City Zoo | Kukanich B.,Kansas State University
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2014

Twenty-one healthy helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris) housed at the Oklahoma City Zoo were used to evaluate the pharmacokinetic parameters of topical selamectin. Birds were divided randomly into three groups of seven birds each. On day 1, all birds received one dose of 20 mg/kg selamectin topically. Based on the group number, blood was collected from each bird on three separate occasions over a 28-day period. Plasma using liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry was used to determine selamectin concentrations. Mean plasma terminal half-life and maximum plasma concentrations of selamectin were 5.8 days and 16.1 ng/ml, respectively, with maximum plasma levels reached at 3 days. No adverse effects were detected. Birds in this study did reach and maintain plasma levels reported as therapeutic in other species1 for 19 days. Based on these results, selamectin may be a valuable antiparasiticide in some avian species. © American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

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