Manatee Wooten arrives safely in Florida

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Wooten, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 630-pound Florida manatee has arrived in Florida, safe and sound! After arriving at the Cincinnati Zoo two years ago, Wooten is returning to the wild as part of the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. Visitor’s last chance to see Wooten at the Zoo’s Otto M. Budig Family Foundation Manatee Springs exhibit was Sunday, November 4. Read story about release >

Manatee “Wooten” is Heading Back to Florida

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CINCINNATI (October 16, 2012) – Wooten, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 630-pound Florida manatee will soon be heading home!  After arriving at the Cincinnati Zoo two years ago, Wooten will return to the wild as part of the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. Visitor’s last chance to see Wooten at the Zoo’s Otto M. Budig Family Foundation Manatee Springs exhibit will be Sunday, November 4.  Coincidentally, Wooten was seen at the Cincinnati…

Cincinnati Zoo’s “Illusion” Headed Home

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Rescued Manatee to be Released Back to the Wild

Illusion, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 978-pound Florida manatee is heading home soon.  After arriving at the Cincinnati Zoo one year ago, Illusion will return to the wild on November 9 as part of the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Program. Visitors can see Illusion at…

Sea-Cow Shuffle at the Cincinnati Zoo

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CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden animal care staff has been quite busy the last 48 hours – moving nine manatees, between six institutions. The Sea Cow Shuffle began on Tuesday, November 2, when the Zoo transported two manatees – “CC Baby” and “Turner” – by truck to Rickenbacker International Airport, in Columbus, Ohio, where they met three manatees from the Columbus Zoo, and together, flew to Orlando, Florida to prepare for release back to the wild.

Cincinnati Zoo Welcomes Back Manatees

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Two New Manatees Scheduled to be on Display Thursday, April 1

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to welcome two manatees to their new home at Otto M. Budig Family Foundation Manatee Springs! The Zoo’s first-ever female manatees, “Turner” and “CC Baby,” will arrive at the Zoo late Wednesday evening, March 31.  Zoo staff will escort the pair back to Cincinnati from their current home at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. After settling in to their new…

Cincinnati Zoo’s Manatee Returned to the Wild

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CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 1,400 pound Florida manatee, Slip, was released into the clear, warm waters of Blue Spring State Park in Florida, Monday, February 15.  Slip called the Cincinnati Zoo home from August 2005 to October 2009, before he was moved to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. After four months of pre-release conditioning and evaluation, he returned to the wild with over 140 other manatees lingering in the Florida waters. (Video of the Release Available)

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