World’s Largest (and cutest) Rodents Move into Wildlife Canyon!

Cincinnati Zoo welcomes new capybaras

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CINCINNATI (May 21, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to welcome three capybaras [ka-pi-ˈber-ə], also known as water pigs, to their new home in Wildlife Canyon. “Cassatot” (male, born 11/17/13) and brothers “Aqua” and “Hydro” (born 9/14/14) come from

the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas and are the first of their species to live at…

Cincinnati Zoo’s Bald Eagle to Take Flight at GABP

Watch Sam the bald eagle soar to new heights before Reds games!

sam2The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s bald eagle “Sam” will take flight again this year for the Cincinnati Reds home games at Great American Ball Park. Sam, who turns 16 this spring, will fly about 340 ft from the party deck in center field to the pitcher’s mound at the end of the National Anthem, before the June 5,…

African Painted Dog Passes Away

Brahmacontributed to the survival of his species by siring ten pups.

Cincinnati, Ohio (May 20, 2015) — Nine-year-old African painted dog Brahma (brah-muh), father of ten pups, passed away late Monday night. Veterinary staff had examined him earlier in the day after being notified by keepersthathe was very lethargic and had no appetite.The exam, which included blood work, X-rays and an ultrasound, revealed an abnormal accumulation of fluid in his abdomen. He received intravenous fluids, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory…

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.

Two healthy kittens, a male…

Gorilla Baby on the Way at Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI, OH (May 8, 2015) –“Anju,” a 14-year-old Western Lowland gorilla, is pregnant with her first baby! An ultrasound picked up the image below last week, confirming previous positive pregnancy tests (similar to the ones used by humans).  Vet staff is predicting the baby to arrive around Labor Day.

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Video of Anju’s ultrasound

Anju was born on April 27, 2001, at the Pittsburgh Zoo and came to the Cincinnati Zoo…

Cubs, Pups & Baby Apes Now Playing!

Zoo Babies Kicks Off Friday at the Cincinnati Zoo

 CINCINNATI (April 28, 2015) – Get ready to meet the cutest little baby faces at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden during the 30th annual Zoo Babies, presented by Coldwell Banker West Shell. Throughout May, six-foot-tall stork statues will mark the spots where babies can be found at the Zoo.

11062806_10153157878672973_2765664345135035805_oThere are 13 babies in the Africa exhibit alone (14 if you count…

The Flying Pig Marathon, XU and Taking Root Celebrate Partnership with Tree Planting Event

trplantpicCINCINNATI (April 24, 2015)– Guided by the leadership of the Xavier University economics class, “Environmental, Economics & Policy” the Flying Pig Marathon has joined with Taking Root (a major tree planting initiative in the Tri-state) to plant trees along the race route. An initial tree planting celebrating the partnership will take place at Friendship Park, just east of the intersection of Adams Landing and Riverside Dr. on Saturday April 25, 2015 at…

Zoo Saves One Billion Gallons of Water!

#GreenestZooinAmerica takes steps to reduce water use

Water1CINCINNATI (April 22, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has saved one BILLION gallons of water, enough to provide water (indoor and outdoor use) for 10,000 households for a year, since 2006 when it launched a major initiative to reduce water usage!

“We recognize the importance of conserving water and natural resources. It was obvious that the Zoo needed to take action when our…

Cincinnati Zoo Flies Away with a Plume Award!

keaCINCINNATI, OH (April 10, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to announce that it has received the Plume Award for Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry from the Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG).

This award recognizes excellence in a single facet of husbandry such as first-time breeding, reintroduction programs, breeding consortiums, the reproduction of a difficult species, taking a leading role in population sustainability, etc. Robert Webster, the…

New Rookie Silverback in Gorilla World for Spring Training

harambe2A sixteen-year-old Western lowland silverback from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, TX, named “Harambe [hɑːrɑːmˈbeɪ]” has joined the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla family, bringing the total number in residence to ten.

Harambe, large for his age at 419 pounds, will be placed in a social group with two 19-year-old females, “Chewie” and “Mara.” A typical gorilla group includes one silverback male and several females.  Harambe’s group does not have a breeding recommendation,…