Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla World Reopens

IMG_8312_lighterCINCINNATI  (June 7, 2016) – After being closed since the tragic death of 17-year-old silverback Harambe on May 28, 2016, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Gorilla World exhibit reopened to the public this morning.

“This has been a difficult and emotional time for everyone at the Zoo, especially Harambe’s caretakers.  We’ve never been through anything like this, and the experience has been surreal,” said Zoo Director Thane Maynard. “I…

It’s a Girl! Sumatran Rhino Birth Gives Species Hope

Rhino from Cincinnati sires second calf in Sumatra!baby_fromPaul

CINCINNATI  (May 12, 2016) – The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) announced today that the critically-endangered Sumatran rhino population has increased by one!  A female rhino calf was born on May 12, at 4:42 a.m., at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia. The calf’s father, Andalas, was born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in 2001 and moved to the…

Orphan Cheetah Cub from Oregon Joins Cincinnati Zoo’s Cubs

Four cubs in Zoo’s nursery now have a brother from another mother                      

26122924922_8ca8be6316_zCINCINNATI, OH (April 5, 2016) – A lone cheetah cub in search of litter mates has found a new home at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. The male cub, born 12 days before Cincinnati Zoo’s cubs were delivered via C-section (on March 8), was not able to be cared for by his mother at Wildlife Safari in…

Rhino Harry Arrives Safe and Sound after 53-Hour Journey from Cincinnati Zoo to Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

Harapan arrival SRS smallCINCINNATI (November 2, 2015) – The rhino formerly known as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere has joined the rest of his kind across the world in Indonesia.  After a 53-hour journey from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to the the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS), “Harapan – aka Harry” emerged from his travel crate ready to snack and walk around!

Accompanied by keeper…

50th Gorilla Born at the Cincinnati Zoo Gets Name

Elle, Oh Elle

CINCINNATI, OH (September 7, 2015) – A female gorilla born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on August 25, 2015, will be called “Elle.”  Gorilla keepers suggested two names for the baby, the 50th born at the Zoo, and friends/followers voted for their favorite.  Elle grabbed two-thirds of the 2,500 votes.

“It is a very rare thing for any zoo to have 50 babies born and we wanted that to be recognized in the baby’s…

Giraffe Nasha Heading to the Nashville Zoo

CINCINNATI, OH (September 3, 2015) –The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 1-year-old giraffe Nasha will be heading to her new home at the Nashville Zoo, in Nashville, TN, later this month to join a herd primarily comprised of females and their young.

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) has recommended Nasha’s transfer for breeding purposes. Nasha will provide her new herd with genetic diversity that makes her a good fit for breeding.

“Because giraffes are…

Cincinnati Zoo Teams up with The Gorilla Glue Company for Go Bananas! Challenge

Children across the Country Answer the Call
Help Save Gorillas and Win $5,000   

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CINCINNATI, OH  – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Project Saving Species, The Gorilla Glue Company and Eco-Cell have teamed up for the fifth  year in a row to promote a national competition called the Go Bananas! Challenge which has already taken off! The competition challenges school and community youth groups across the…

Last Sumatran Rhino in Western Hemisphere is Leaving the Cincinnati Zoo

Move to Indonesia is Harapan’s only chance to contribute to nearly-extinct population

harapanCINCINNATI (August 25, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden announced today that eight-year-old male Sumatran rhino Harapan will be moved to Indonesia. His departure marks the end of an era for the Cincinnati Zoo’s Sumatran rhino breeding program, the only captive breeding program in the United States to produce calves for this crtically-endangered species.

Goat Carcass Feeding Frenzy for African Painted Dogs

goat tugs - SMThe Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s ten painted dog pups and their mom, “Imara,” received special enrichment in the form of a USDA-inspected goat carcass this morning in their public exhibit. Simulating a wild feeding increases the dogs’ mental and physical activity, provides nutritional benefits, and encourages natural sharing behavior unique to this species. Carcass feeding also provides guests with an opportunity to see some of the Zoo’s most active…