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 CINCINNATI (November 26, 2013) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is a great place to check unique gifts off your holiday shopping list.  With dozens of Zoonique gift ideas, you can find something for everyone, including gifts that keep giving long after the holiday season is through.

Gifts that Keep Giving:

  • Annual Zoo Membership –Memberships are a great year-round holiday gift.  Benefits include: year-round admission, discounts on food and gift shops, member-only exhibit previews and events, discount guest passes and discounts on education programs. Memberships are available online or by phone at 513-559-7713.  Price ranges from $89 – $179.
  • A.D.O.P.T. an Animal (Animals Depend on People Too) – When you become a Cincinnati Zoo A.D.O.P.T. parent, your gift helps to provide food, toys and fun enrichment items for the Zoo’s animal family. Each gift includes an A.D.O.P.T. Certificate, animal fact sheet and color photo! ADOPTions are valid for one year and are renewable. Click here for a list of all animals available,or call 513-487-3327. Price ranges from $30 – $1,000
  • Animal Artists – Our animals don’t just look good, some of them are talented artist, too!  You can order elephant and rhino paintings online or select your favorite red panda art from a small selection in our gift shop (while supplies last.) More information on our elephant, rhino and red panda art. Prices range from $4.99 to $250.
  • Print for a Purpose – This year Zoo supporters can order note cards, postcards, wall posters, etc… using your own photos or a library of our favorite Cincinnati Zoo animal photos. 25% of each purchase you make in the Print for a Purpose Zoo web store will go directly to help the Zoo. More info…
  • Behind the Scenes Experiences  –  If you’ve ever dreamed of meeting an elephant up close, feeding a giraffe out of the palm of your hand, painting with a rhino or feeding one of the world’s most endangered animals, then the Behind the Scenes Experiences are for you!  More info…
  • Travel with the Zoo – There is no better way to journey through Africa, India, or South America than with the experienced staff members of the Cincinnati Zoo! Zoo trips are memories that will last a life time and are offered to a variety of destinations annually. More info…
  • Zooster’s Treasure House – Find all kinds of handcrafted treasures in the  Zooster’s Craft Shop, located next to the Holiday Post Office in the Volunteer Services building.  The Zoo’s fabulous volunteers make all of the goods in the shop and donate the proceeds directly to the Zoo. Open during the PNC Festival of Lights.
  • Donate to Complete Africa Exhibit – Leave a loved one’s legacy at the Cincinnati Zoo by making a donation in their name to the completion of the Zoo’s Africa exhibit.  Donate to Africa Exhibit

Gifts for the Green Thumb:

  • Test Tube Plant – Grow your own plant in tissue culture–the same technique used by CREW scientists to grow endangered plants!  Test tube plants are great for home or for the classroom. Watch it grow in the test tube for several months. It can then be transferred to soil to continue growing. Complete instructions are included. Varieties include: Venus flytrap, Cape sundew, Christmas cactus, Boston fern, Staghorn fern, Hosta and African violet. Test Tube Plants can be purchased online or by emailing testtubeplants@cincinnatizoo.org. Price is $6 per plant.  (Allow $4.50 for shipping & Handling for 1-3 plants).
  • Landscape Series - Our Landscaping for the Homeowner Series (or individual classes), taught by our expert horticulture staff, make a great gift. Purchase Landscaping Classes

Zoo Gift Shop:

  • Shop for everything from plush toys to Zoo pajamas & unique t-shirts.  Special holiday sale items include handmade jewelry, whimsical kitchen items and sock monkey hats!  The Zoo’s Gift Shop can be found just inside the Zoo’s Historical Vine Street Village. Or, you can shop online.

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The Cincinnati Zoo opens daily at 9 a.m.  The PNC Festival of Lights is open nightly through January 1, 2012, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day.