Cincinnati Zoo Awarded Two Very Prestigious National Grants

Nearly $500,000 in Grant Money Awarded to Support Critical Research Projects

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to announce that it just received two, very prestigious grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  These highly competitive grants were awarded to the Cincinnati Zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) to support two projects.  The first, a National Leadership Grant (NLG), will support, “Expanding access and building capacity for African…

Cincinnati Zoo Mourns Loss of Indian Rhino

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CINCINNATI (July 4, 2014) – “Nikki”, an endangered Indian rhino, and one of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s most beloved and well-known animals, passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 3.  She passed away in her indoor home, around 7 a.m., at the Zoo’s Rhino Reserve.   

The female Indian rhino, born at the Toronto Zoo in 1991, was known worldwide for the world’s first successful artificial insemination (AI) procedure in this endangered rhino species. 

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Cincinnati Zoo Indian Rhino Gives Birth

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CINCINNATITuesday, October 26 – Nikki, the Cincinnati Zoo’s endangered Indian rhino gave birth early this morning to the world’s first live Indian rhino calf produced by artificial insemination (AI).   Nikki delivered a male calf at 6:06 a.m. in her indoor stall. Currently, the calf is in critical condition with Zoo staff working diligently to feed and stabilize him. Meanwhile, Nikki is doing well and will remain indoors.

Nikki has been monitored 24 hours a day since the first…

Anticipation Mounts at the Cincinnati Zoo

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CINCINNATI, OH (October 5, 2010) – Anticipation is mounting behind the scenes at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where the 18-year-old pregnant Indian rhinoceros, “Nikki,” is expected to give birth any day.

Not only will this be the world’s first birth of an endangered Indian rhino conceived by artificial insemination (AI), but it will also be the world’s first Indian rhino produced with frozen-thawed sperm.  The father, “Vinu”, is a 38-year-old male Indian rhino at the Bronx Zoo –…

Cincinnati Zoo Prepares for World’s First AI Indian Rhino Birth

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CINCINNATI – Anticipation is mounting behind the scenes at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where an 18-year-old pregnant Indian rhinoceros named “Nikki” is expected to give birth in approximately 60 days. {Recent video of Nikki can be seen here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szFiXbzYpEQ}

Not only will this be the world’s first birth of an endangered Indian rhino conceived by artificial insemination (AI), but it will also be the world’s first Indian rhino produced with frozen-thawed sperm.  The father, “Vinu”, is…

Cincinnati Rhino Pregnant by Bronx Rhino, But the Two Have Never Met

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Cincinnati, OH (November 5, 2009) – “Nikki,” the Cincinnati Zoo’s 18-year-old female Indian rhino is expecting.  The father, “Vinu”, is a 38-year-old male Indian rhino at the Bronx Zoo.  However, the two rhinos have never met.

Scientists at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) collected Vinu’s sperm in 2005 and stored it at -320°F in CREW’s CryoBioBank for four years before it was thawed and utilized in the successful artificial insemination (AI) procedure…