Bongo Babies and Moms Reunited


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.


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…

Rare African Painted Dog Pups Born at the Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI, OH (January 9, 2015) –“Imara (ee-MAH-rah),” the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s two-year-old African painted dog, has given birth to a wiggling pile of pups! Keepers have not settled on an exact number of pups in the litter but are saying that it’s between seven and ten, which is the average for a first-time mom. The first pup arrived early on Monday, January 5, with a steady stream of pups appearing throughout the day until the last one emerged…

Aging White Lion “Future” Euthanized

Cincinnati, Ohio (December, 2014) —Future, one of two male African white lions loaned permanently to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden by Siegfried and Roy in 1998, was euthanized yesterday due to age-related health issues.

The 17-year-old lion had been unable to venture into his outdoor exhibit since late October and struggled to walk in recent days. “Future’s ambulatory condition had deteriorated and his quality of life was a significant concern. Euthanasia was the most humane course of action,” said…

Moerlein Launch Events 12/7 & 12/8 Benefit Zoo’s Tigers


Preview and Launch Events Scheduled to Benefit the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Tigers

Sunday Game Day Preview parties for the Bay of Bengal Double IPA benefiting the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Tigers will be at the following locations:

Place: Moerlein Lager House – 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

It’s Official! African Lion Cubs Are Here

imani_cubs3First lion cubs born at the Cincinnati Zoo since 2001

CINCINNATI – November 14, 2014  – African lion “Imani,” who has been on 24-hour baby watch since Saturday, gave birth to three cubs late yesterday. The first cub, who was in breech position, emerged at 3:33 p.m. Two hours later, a second cub was born and number three arrived shortly after.  Imani, a first-time mom, cleaned the cubs, allowed them…