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…

The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Taking Root Launches Holiday Tree Gifting Program

Program to assist with reforestation efforts throughout the Tri-State area

takingrootCINCINNATI – Dec. 1, 2014 – Looking for a meaningful gift to give that person or child who has everything? Want to provide something that will last long after the holiday season, offering health, environmental and aesthetic benefits to the citizens of our area for years to come? Taking Root, a local reforestation program, has your solution: Give the gift of…

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…

#PNCFestivalOfLights – Opens November 22

All is Bright during PNC Festival of Lights at the   Cincinnati Zoo!

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 32nd annual PNC Festival of Lights! While taking in the beautiful sights of over 2-million LED lights, visitors can watch a Madcap Black-light puppet show, visit with Santa, ride the North Polar Express Train, search for fairies in Fairyland, watch the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake,…

Cincinnati Zoo Lion #BabyBump Rumors Are Flying

Scientific evidence supports visitor observations

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s three-year-old lion, “Imani,” has been packing on the pounds recently, prompting #BabyBump speculation and rumors to spread among visitors and on social media.  Even @CincyZooLion weighed in with a “Paws crossed” comment on this tweet:

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Visitors and Zoo staff will only know if there has been a true pregnancy if…

Attention Members: 2014 Early Entry Ends 11/2

Early-Entry-Icon-150x150The popular Early Entry member benefit will end November 2, so be sure to take advantage of this perk before then! Early Entry allows admission for Zoo members at 9:00AM daily, an hour before the general public can enter at 10:00AM.

This is a reminder that Early Entry is a seasonal benefit and will end on November 2, 2014 and resume mid-March 2015. Beginning Monday, November 3rd, the Zoo will open at 10:00AM…

Cincinnati Zoo’s Education Program Recognized with National Award

CINCINNATI – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden received Significant Achievement in its 2014 Education Award for the Inspiring Action through Wildlife Encounters education program. The AZA Education Award recognizes outstanding achievement in educational program design, judging programs on their ability to promote conservation knowledge, attitudes and behavior, show innovation, and measure success. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden received its Education Award in the category of institutions with budgets over…

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…