Our Baby Giraffe Has a Name!

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CINCINNATI, OH (October 19, 2012) – Today, the Cincinnati Zoo’s baby giraffe is one week old and she now has a new name.   After an exciting week of seeing name suggestions on the Zoo’s Facebook page, the Zoo left the final decision to the public and more than 5,400 people answered the call by voting online. “Lulu” has been selected the official name of the baby giraffe, receiving over half of the total votes cast with over 2,800 votes.

Naming…

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…

Help Us Name the Baby Giraffe

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Name suggestions for the baby giraffe will be accepted on the Zoo’s Facebook page and via tweets to @CincinnatiZoo through end of day Wednesday, October 17.  On Thursday, October 18, the Zoo will post the top three names, chosen by Zoo staff, on its Facebook page. There, people can vote for their favorite and the winning name will be announced Friday.

The female giraffe, born Friday, October 12, is doing well and is spending this time bonding…

It's a Girl! Baby Giraffe is Here.

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Tessa, our five-year-old Maasai giraffe, has given birth! On Friday at 8:20 a.m., Tessa delivered a healthy, 150-pound female calf in her indoor stall. Mother, father (“Kimba”) and baby are doing well and are spending time bonding off-exhibit. 

“The Zoo is buzzing with excitement and incredibly, so is the community,” said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo. “We made the decision several weeks ago to live-tweet the birth in real-time and the response has been astonishing.  The…

Cincinnati Zoo Giraffe Now Expecting

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CINCINNATI, OH (September 27, 2012) – Tessa, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s five-year-old Maasai giraffe is pregnant again, due in the next month.   Tessa, and father “Kimba,” are both doing well and currently can be seen at the Zoo’s Giraffe Ridge exhibit. The Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) will be live-tweeting leading up to and during the birth.  Make sure you follow hashtag #giraffebirth for the latest updates.

 The Cincinnati Zoo’s history with giraffe births dates back to 1889 when it became…

First Sifaka Birth for Cincinnati Zoo!

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CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is thrilled to announce the birth of its first Sifaka (SEE-fah-kah) baby.  The baby boy was born on September 3 to mother “Wilhelmina” and father “Rinaldo” who arrived at the Cincinnati Zoo in April of 2011.  The parents were the first sifaka’s in the Zoo’s history. 

“Not only is this species a rarity at the Cincinnati Zoo, but with only 54 individuals in captivity in the world, all at 10 US zoos,…

Cheetah Cub & Puppy Pals

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The Cincinnati Zoo’s African cheetah cub, Savanna, and 13-week-old labrador mix puppy, Max, were recently introduced to each other, on September 5, and are quickly becoming great friends!

Savanna was born at the Zoo’s Regional Cheetah Breeding Facility in Clermont County, Ohio on June 22, but she was moved to the Zoo’s Nursery after her mother, Lucy, (this is her first litter) could not provide adequate care. Zoo Nursery keepers bottle fed the cub six times a day, every 2.5…

Fennec Fox Kits Now On Display at the Cincinnati Zoo!

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 For the first time since 1994, the Cincinnati Zoo is proud to announce the birth of three Fennec fox kits.  The kits, one male and two females, were born at the Zoo on July 16 and are now on display in the Night Hunters exhibit.

Born to father, “Stomp” and mother, “Sage,” the kits are being raised by both parents. Fennec fox males help in raising the kits, providing food for mom when the kits are young and then providing…

Cincinnati Zoo Cheetah Sets New World Speed Record

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Record Breaking Run Came During National Geographic Magazine Shoot

CINCINNATI, OH (August 2, 2012) - “Sarah,” the Cincinnati Zoo’s 11-year-old cheetah, sets new world speed record!  She first earned the title of world’s fastest of all land mammals in 2009 when she covered 100 meters in 6.13 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 6.19 seconds set by a male South African cheetah named Nyana in 2001.  This year, Sarah shattered all 100-meter times when she posted…

Baby Cheetah Spotted in the Cincinnati Zoo Nursery

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A three-week-old, female African cheetah cub, is now on exhibit in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Nursery.  She was born at the Zoo’s regional cheetah breeding facility in Clermont County on June 22, but she had to be moved to the Zoo’s Nursery after her mother, Lucy, (this is her first litter) could not provide adequate care. In an effort to get the cub back up to speed, Zoo Nursery keepers are bottle feeding the cub six times a day, every 2.5…