Gladys Goes Outside with M’linzi & Mara

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The Cincinnati Zoo’s 5-month-old Western lowland gorilla, Gladys, her new gorilla surrogate mother, M’Linzi and M’Linzi’s daughter, Mara, are now exploring the outside yard as a family for the first time. 

“It was spectacular,” said Ron Evans, Cincinnati Zoo Primate Team Leader.  “Mara actually carried Gladys outside first and toured Gladys around the yard tightly tucked onto her abdomen.  Both Mara and M’Linzi were purring like crazy. Mara laid down a couple of times just relaxing with Gladys on her…

AFRICA – It’s Closer Than You Think – Now Open!

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Safari Through AFRICA at the Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI – (June 24, 2013) The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden invites visitors to experience the spirit of Africa during the opening of Phase III of its newest exhibit – AFRICA – which opens to the public on June 29.  Africa will come alive as you journey through the breath-taking beauty of this open-vista exhibit, featuring some of the country’s most beautiful animals – the majestic African lion, the incredible…

What’s New at the Zoo in 2013

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Cincinnati Zoo Improving the Guest Experience

CINCINNATI (May 8, 2013) – Just in case you needed an excuse to visit the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in 2013, here are 10 NEW ones.  This was a very busy winter for the Zoo preparing for the 138th season since it opened its gates in 1875.  Guests will definitely notice the changes as they stroll around the park, including a fantastic renovated Base Camp Café, significant enhancements to…

Zoo’s Historic Reptile House Make-Over Complete

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Reopens for Spring Season, Saturday, March 16th

CINCINNATI, OH (March 13,2013)The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden reopens its historic Reptile House this Saturday after a two-month interior renovation this winter to restore its original look, but with modifications made to meet the Zoo’s green initiatives. Built in 1875, the Reptile House is the oldest zoo building in the country and one of three buildings at the Cincinnati Zoo listed on the National Register…

Local Company Outfits Zoo’s Gorilla Surrogate Moms

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Fabulous-Furs Makes Custom Faux Fur Vests for Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI – (March 14, 2013) The Cincinnati Zoo has partnered with the local company, Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, to outfit its human gorilla surrogate team with realistic faux fur vests and coats.  Surrogates will be wearing these vests while holding and attending to the Zoo’s new baby gorilla, “Gladys.”

“Helping animals is at the heart of everything we do at Fabulous-Furs and we’re long-time supporters of the Cincinnati…

Preparing for Spring

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Spring is right around the corner, and we’re getting ready for warm weather and more visitors.  We’ve been working hard during the colder months to improve the Zoo.  Giraffe Ridge and the new and improved Base Camp Café will reopen in the next few weeks.  The new 4,500-square-foot Peacock Pavilion will be available for rental starting in April.   Africa will open at the end of June.