Rhino Harry Arrives Safe and Sound after 53-Hour Journey from Cincinnati Zoo to Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

Harapan arrival SRS smallCINCINNATI (November 2, 2015) – The rhino formerly known as the last Sumatran rhino in the Western Hemisphere has joined the rest of his kind across the world in Indonesia.  After a 53-hour journey from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to the the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS), “Harapan – aka Harry” emerged from his travel crate ready to snack and walk around!

Accompanied by keeper…

Cincinnati Zoo Scientist Wins Prestigious National Award for work with Endangered Cats

ocelot 1698CINCINNATI, OH (October 13, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is proud to announce that Dr. Bill Swanson, of the Zoo’s Carl H. Lindner Jr. Family Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW), has been recognized by the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) with the prestigious Duane Ullrey Award for his work with endangered small cats.

The Duane Ullrey Award recognizes exceptional achievements…

Glass, Glass Baby: Breakthrough in cryopreservation technique produces kittens at Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW)!

CINCINNATI  (May 11, 2015) – Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW), a world leader in small cat reproductive research, has successfully produced the first non-human offspring – of any species – using vitrified sperm (semen preserved as glass instead of ice) for artificial insemination (AI).  The only other reported birth from AI using vitrified sperm was a single human baby produced at a fertility clinic in Chile in 2011.”Glass…</p

Cincinnati Zoo Partners with Kea Conservation Trust

The Zoo supports the efforts of the Kea Conservation Trust (KCT) to conserve wild kea in their natural habitat and increase the husbandry standards and advocacy potential of kea held in captive facilities.

Collaborative projects include comprehensive population research incorporating satellite and VHF radio tracking, nest monitoring, and use of acoustic recording devices. The Zoo has also supported the development of kea repellents to reduce human-wildlife conflict situations.

Currently, the Zoo’s Project Saving Species Program is supporting the KCT’s Kea-Community…

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…

Endangered Indian Rhino Calf Continues Our Tradition of World Firsts

Rhino calf MonicaCINCINNATI – (June 12, 2014) The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) and the Buffalo Zoo, in Buffalo, New York, are excited to announce the birth of a female Indian rhino calf produced by artificial insemination (AI), and born on June 5. From a historical standpoint, this is the first offspring for a male rhino who never contributed…

5th Graders Publish Sumatran Rhino Book

Son of Sumatran rhino born at the Cincinnati Zoo is the subject of 5th-grade students’ book.

81MHXV7s0RLAs many elementary-school children prepare to graduate this summer, the fifth graders of PS 107 John W. Kimball Learning Center in Park Slope, Brooklyn, are working on an even bigger challenge.  They have just become published authors as a way to help save endangered rhinos.

Their book, One Special Rhino: the Story of Andatu, a yearlong project…

Endangered species: The last animals of their kind

What are the rarest creatures in the world? This is a surprisingly difficult question to answer, but there are a few likely contenders, finds Rachel Nuwer.

Excerpt from article on BBC.com by Rachel Nuwer

Although she didn’t let on that anything was wrong, by the time the leaves began to change Suci’s keepers knew she was in trouble. The Sumatran rhino had dropped too much weight over the summer. By December, she had stopped playing with…

CREW Plant Scientists Pull Plants Out of Deep Freeze


Excellent article by Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Johnston features work that scientists at our Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) are doing with plants that have been frozen for decades.

Excerpt from Cincinnati.Com

Thousands of tulips are rising to the occasion, just in time for Zoo Blooms at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. They survived what everyone agrees was a long, cold winter.

But long and cold are relative terms. Especially when…

Cincinnati Zoo Devastated By Loss of Endangered Sumatran Rhino

CINCINNATI (March 31, 2014) – “Suci”, one of the world’s rare endangered Sumatran rhinos, passed away late on Sunday, March 30. Surrounded by the keepers and veterinary staff who cared for her daily, she died at her home at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

The female Sumatran rhino, born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2004, was one of three Sumatran rhino calves born to mother, “Emi” and father, “Ipuh.” Suci’s keepers first became concerned about her when they noticed…