Endangered American Burying Beetle Release

ABB_loA match made in dirt! Fifty pairs of American burying beetles released at Fernald Nature Preserve to breed.

CINCINNATI (June 2, 2015) – Staff and volunteers from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden released 50 pairs of federally endangered American burying beetles (ABB) this morning at the Fernald Nature Preserve. Each pair, carefully matched by the Species Survival Plan (SSP), was placed into a hole in the ground to breed….

World’s Largest (and cutest) Rodents Move into Wildlife Canyon!

Cincinnati Zoo welcomes new capybaras

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CINCINNATI (May 21, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to welcome three capybaras [ka-pi-ˈber-ə], also known as water pigs, to their new home in Wildlife Canyon. “Cassatot” (male, born 11/17/13) and brothers “Aqua” and “Hydro” (born 9/14/14) come from

the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas and are the first of their species to live at…

Cubs, Pups & Baby Apes Now Playing!

Zoo Babies Kicks Off Friday at the Cincinnati Zoo

 CINCINNATI (April 28, 2015) – Get ready to meet the cutest little baby faces at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden during the 30th annual Zoo Babies, presented by Coldwell Banker West Shell. Throughout May, six-foot-tall stork statues will mark the spots where babies can be found at the Zoo.

11062806_10153157878672973_2765664345135035805_oThere are 13 babies in the Africa exhibit alone (14 if you count…

Children’s Books by Local Author/Illustrator Benefit Cincinnati Zoo Lion Cubs

February 19, 2015 – Cincinnati – Local author/illustrator of beloved children’s book series Lyndsay and Lainey Lion Adventure Series, Jennifer Brasington-Crowley, has partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo to celebrate the three new lion cubs born at the zoo in November.

The Cincinnati Zoo lion cubs were born to father John and mother Imani in November. All three cubs are female, and have been given the names Uma, Kya and Willa. In addition,…

Bongo Babies and Moms Reunited

UPDATE:

CINCINNATI, OH (February 18, 2015) – The bongo bunch is back together and doing well! Moms “Stevie” and “Mazi” are now living as a group with their offspring. Male, “Sukari,” born on December 23, 2014, has been with his mom, Stevie, since birth.  Female, “Kushinda,” had to be separated from mom Mazi soon after she was born, in October of 2014, and has been bottle fed by keepers since then. (See below for details).  She is now weaned.

Regular…

Baby Bonobo On the Way!

Curator of primates announces that a baby bonobo is on the way                     

CINCINNATI, OH (February 13, 2015) – Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s curator of primates, Ron Evans, picked today’s Valentine’s Day celebration as the perfect occasion to announce that 16-year-old bonobo “Zanga” is pregnant and due in March!

This is the Cincinnati Zoo’s 9th bonobo birth and Zanga’s second baby (pictured right with her first daughter, four-year-old “Clara”). The Cincinnati Zoo is one of only eight zoos in…

Cincinnati Zoo’s Three Lion Cubs Have Names!

lioncubs-36CINCINNATI (January 30, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo’s trio of female lion cubs formerly known as 1, 2, and 3 will now be called “Huruma” (aka “Uma”), “Kya,” and “Willa.”

Huruma, which means compassion in Swahili, was chosen by Cincinnati Zoo’s lion keepers and curator to honor a recently-deceased colleague from the St. Louis Zoo who helped hand raise “Imani,” the mother of the cubs, and possessed this quality.

More than…

Name the Lion Cubs!

Lion Cub Naming Contest

lioncubs-36Imani’s three girls need names! One of the names will be chosen by the cubs’ keepers, and the Zoo has bestowed the honor of naming one of the cubs to employees of the donor, Western & Southern, whose generosity made the lion exhibit possible.  The third cub name will be selected from names submitted via Facebook and Twitter using #CZBGLionCubs.

Name suggestions may be submitted through end…

Paint the Exhibit Pink! #CZBGLionCubs Are All Girls

Submit name suggestions via Facebook and Twitter.

CINCINNATI (January 20, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s three lion cubs, born November 13, 2014 to three-year-old mother “Imani” and four-year-old father “John,” got their first health checkup today.  The Zoo’s veterinary staff and animal care team weighed the feisty felines, administered vaccines and determined that all cubs are female!

Now that genders are known, the cubs’ keepers are looking forward to not calling them cub #1, #2…

Saving Animals in the Wild: The Zoo’s Top Field Conservation Efforts of 2014

Blog post by Shasta Bray

Happy New Year! As we look back on 2014, let’s reflect on some of the Zoo’s significant contributions to wildlife conservation in the field this past year:

Helping Lions Thrive in Kenya’s South Rift Valley

Since 2011, the Zoo has partnered with the African Conservation Centre and the South Rift Association of Land Owners in Kenya on the Rebuilding the Pride program. This community-based…