Griffin Media Announces “Africa Among The Wild” Special

Wednesday, May 24th 2023, 5:31 pm

By: Griffin Media

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – From Oklahoma to Africa. Griffin Media and News 9 are excited to announce our next Oklahoma’s Own Original, “Africa Among The Wild,” will air Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

“We're taking our viewers to the continent of Africa for an up-close look at dozens of amazing animals and the conservation efforts, supported by the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, that protect them,” said News 9 Director of Content Nathan Elliott.

News 9 anchor Colby Thelen and photojournalist Darrell Vannostran recently joined a group from the Oklahoma City Zoo on a conservation safari. During this one-hour special, they’ll share the conservation efforts being made in Africa that are impacting Oklahomans here at home. Plus, viewers will be able to engage with stunning wildlife and tag along on a gorilla trek through Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

“We cannot wait to connect Oklahomans and visitors from across the country to Expedition Africa, its animals and unique guest experiences,” said Dr. Dwight Lawson, OKC Zoo’s executive director/CEO. “Less than one tenth of one percent of all Americans will ever visit the African continent. Expedition Africa is designed to immerse visitors into a space where they can experience Africa’s wildlife like never before while inspiring people to learn more about conservation and how the Zoo is helping these iconic animals thrive.”

“Oklahoma’s Own Originals: Africa Among The Wild” airs on News 9 on Tuesday, June 6 from 7-8 p.m. Viewers will also be able to watch on the News 9 streaming app available to download for free on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.

About Griffin Media

Griffin Media, L.L.C., an Oklahoma-owned multimedia company, keeps Oklahomans safe, informed and entertained through the gathering, marketing and distribution of news, weather, entertainment and sports content through multiple channels & platforms. Holdings include KWTV/News 9 and KSBI/News 9 Plus in Oklahoma City and KOTV/News On 6 and KQCW/The Tulsa CW in Tulsa. Griffin’s holdings also include,, Griffin Outdoor, and Griffin Radio Tulsa – KHTT, KVOO, KXBL, KBEZ and KTSB. Griffin Media also has developed several partnerships and strategic alliances throughout Oklahoma, including Oklahoma Community Television/Griffin Tower Company and News 9 Now/News On 6 Now. Griffin Media is among a few privately held media companies in the country, owned by David and Kirsten Griffin of Oklahoma City, and John Griffin of Muskogee. Griffin Media solely focuses its resources in the state of Oklahoma.

About the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

Established in 1902, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is Oklahoma’s most visited cultural destination with over one million visitors annually. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the OKC Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. The OKC Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry at 4 p.m. Regular admission is $16 for adults and $13 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay connected with the Zoo on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinktree and TikTok, and by visiting