Cincinnati Student Travels to See Wild Polar Bears

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CINCINNATI – Michael Young, a 17 year old student from Anderson Township, in Cincinnati, will travel to the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, on October 10 for a week-long Teen Leadership Camp sponsored by Polar Bears International (PBI), a conservation group.  The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, part of PBI’s network of Arctic Ambassador Center Zoos, selected Young based on his involvement in its Scientists for the Future Program…

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 –}

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 Zoo Using Wind Power to Go Green

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CINCINNATI, OH The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden unveils its newest energy source – the Windspire® wind turbine! The 30-foot tall turbine was installed in the Zoo’s Go Green Garden to help power the ticketing and membership building.  Along with the solar panels in the Go Green Garden, the turbine will meet approximately one-fourth of all of the power demands for the building. MEDIA – Video is being delivered and/or is available upon request –

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Cincinnati Zoo Welcomes Back Manatees


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


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)


Sumatran Rhino Born at Cincinnati Zoo Provides Spark of Hope for Indonesia

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CINCINNATI –   “Andalas,” the Cincinnati Zoo’s first Sumatran rhino calf has produced the first Sumatran rhino pregnancy in Southeast Asia for the global captive breeding program.  Andalas and his mate, “Ratu”, both eight-years-old, were brought together through international goodwill and cooperation in an effort to save this critically endangered species. Now, scientists at the Cincinnati Zoo are joining conservationists around the globe, celebrating the rare pregnancy.

In 2001, Andalas became the first Sumatran rhino born in captivity in 112 years. …

Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla Turns 40


Friday, January 29, 2010 – Samantha, one of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s first ever western lowland gorillas born at the Zoo turns 40 this Sunday, January 31.

(Please see attached baby photos of Samantha and Sam.  Samantha is pictured on the left.)

On January 23, 1970, the Cincinnati Zoo witnessed its first live gorilla birth: a male, “Sam,” born to “Mahari” and “Hatari.”  This was followed eight days later by a second gorilla birth, a female, “Samantha,” born…

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…