Tips for Enjoying Your Spring Break Visit


With beautiful weather and many schools in the region closed for spring break, there will be extra traffic around the Zoo and possible delays getting in to start your amazing day!  Here are some tips to help minimize frustration and maximize enjoyment…

Best Times to Arrive
  • Get here early (we open at 9am)
  • Come in the late afternoon.  We close at 5pm.  (Stay for Tunes & Blooms every Thursday in April.)

Stop By The New Welcome Center


Making More Animals and More Fun Easier Than Ever

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to introduce its NEW Welcome Center to Zoo guests.  What was once merely the stroller rental location is now a new, state-of-the-art welcome center that provides Zoo patrons with daily insights into what’s happening around the park that very day. 

The new communication hub will still host stroller and wheelchair rentals, but it will…

100,000 Guests Arriving Early For Zoo Blooms!


See the Zoo in Bloom NOW Due to Warmer Weather

CINCINNATI (March 20, 2012) – With the first day of spring feeling more like the first day of summer,  the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is expecting over 100,000 spring guests, early!  Zoo Blooms, dubbed “Tulip Mania”, is NOW sprouting and showcases more than 100,000 tulips and solidifies the Zoo’s standing as one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest. Due to the mild winter and early warm…

Rides & Attractions Open


Spring in Full Swing at Cincinnati Zoo

On Saturday, March 17, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden leaps into spring and officially opens the Zoo’s Conservation Carousel, 4-D Special FX Theater and the popular Safari Train. The rides were down for routine maintenance over the winter months.

Nearly 400,000 people board the Zoo’s Safari Train each year making it one of the most popular attractions at the Zoo. The 4-D Special FX Theater will open the season with two new…

Four Baby Hedgehogs Sprout at the Cincinnati Zoo!


 Four 4-week-old, hedgehogs are currently hogging all of the attention at the Cincinnati Zoo.  The four incredibly cute hedgehogs were born to mother, “Mali” and father, “Kenya,” and are currently off exhibit, behind the scenes in the Zoo’s Children’s Zoo Nursery. 

Two male and two female, the siblings were born on February 4 and are being hand-raised by the Nursery keepers until they are old enough to be included in the Zoo’s Animal Outreach Program.  The babies are spending time…

Oldest Zoo Building in the Country Gets a Face Lift


Cincinnati Zoo’s Historic Reptile House Under Renovation

 The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is home to the oldest Zoo building in the country, the Reptile House.  The 137 year old building, which has been home to primates and reptiles, is currently undergoing  major external upgrades to the roof, mortars, windows and vents.  These renovations will maintain the aesthetic appeal of the national historic landmark and will ensure that the building’s foundation is…

We’re a Blue Manatee Char-atee (Charity)


Special Benefits for Cool Customers!

Blue Manatee is encouraging customers to “buy local and share the love” with their blue manatee:humanatee cool customer card.  Cool customers receive immediate ‘thank you’ goodies including a discount code for blue manatee boxes  followed by a wealth of family-friendly benefits, including discounts, rebates, special invites, and more.  Each family member even gets a free manatee cookie and ‘just right’ beverage on their birthday.  And 1% of annual sales…

Shop at Saks in February & Benefit the Zoo


February 1 to 29, 2012, Saks Fifth Avenue will give 5% of all registered purchases made with a Saks Fifth Avenue credit card back to charity. The donations will benefit certain local organizations, including The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, keeping support within each Saks Fifth Avenue store’s immediate community. “Saks Fifth Avenue is committed to our local communities. We appreciate our customers’ charitable involvement and look forward to giving back locally with this exciting and newly implemented national program,”…

Vote for Most Creative Cell Phone Collection Campaign


The Cincinnati Zoo’s Project Saving Species and The Gorilla Glue Company have teamed up to create a national competition called the Go Bananas Challenge!, which ends January 16! The competition challenges schools and scout groups, across the country, to Answer the Call, and create campaigns to collect and recycle cell phones to help save gorillas.

The group that collects the most cell phones will be awarded the grand prize of $4,000 and the group with the most creative…