Silverback Gorilla Jomo Gets Heart Checkup


 Cincinnati Zoo, The Christ Hospital and Toshiba Team Up for a Preventative Study

CINCINNATI – “Jomo”, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 19 year-old silverback, western lowland gorilla gets a heart checkup as part of a preventative study.  A team of human cardiologists, technicians and corporate partners made the house call to the Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla World exhibit recently to perform an awake cardiac ultrasound (also known as an echocardiogram or an echo) on Jomo.   As in humans,…

Zuri Gets a Checkup & A New Cast

Vets attach rubber sole to Zuri's cast

CINCINNATI, OH (May 31, 2011) – “Zuri,” the Cincinnati Zoo’s eight-week-old baby giraffe, received her first checkup since injuring her leg on May 19.  Zoo keepers and veterinarians performed the one-hour procedure of removing Zuri’s cast, taking X-rays of her leg and putting a new cast on, Tuesday morning.

“Today’s procedure went according to plan,” said David Oehler, Director of Animal Collections at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “Zuri’s leg is healing and we will continue to…

Two [Green] Thumbs Up for Zoo’s 2011 Landscaping Series


CINCINNATI – Beat winter’s chill by preparing for your spring garden! Back by popular demand is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 2011 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series, beginning January 19.  Presented by the Zoo’s Director of Horticulture, Steve Foltz, this 10-class series is one of the most informative and complete landscape series for homeowners in the Tri-state area.  Offering insight on design, preparation and plant selection, the classes can be taken separately or as a complete series building upon…

2011 Cincinnati Zoo Calendar of Events


CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden gears up for another fun-filled year of wild events. The Zoo announces its 2011 event line-up including excitement for children and adults alike! From Zoo Babies to Zoo Brew, everyone in the family has a reason to smile.


Penguin Days “Bundle Up and Save a Bundle” January 3 – February 28

– ½ off admission every day

*Barrows Lecture Series March 23

– Mark Moffat

*Zootini March 24

Zoo Blooms…

Discover the World’s Most Exotic Destinations with the Cincinnati Zoo


CINCINNATI – Whether you have a passion for travel, exotic destinations, or wildlife, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 2011 Travel Series has the perfect voyage for you!

From the rainforests of South America to the deserts of Africa, there is a world of wonder waiting for you to explore. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers exciting and educational wildlife travel adventures in 2011 escorted by Cincinnati Zoo staff. You can learn about travel packages from the African savannah…

Cincinnati Zoo Kicks Off Tri-State’s Longest Running Holiday Tradition!


CINCINNATI – Enjoy the Tri-state’s longest running family holiday tradition during the 28th Annual PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. See nearly two million LED lights, Madcap puppets in blacklight, an amazing Wild Lights Show, train rides, rappin’ elves and so much more. New this year, tap into adventure with the Happy Feet™ 4-D Experience playing at the Special FX 4-D Theater! PNC Festival of Lights opens November 26 and glows through January 2, 2011 from 5:00 –…

Cincinnati Zoo Determines Cause of Death for Giraffe


CINCINNATI, OH (November 22, 2010)   Akilah, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s beloved, three-year-old female Massai Giraffe,  passed away suddenly Saturday evening, November 20.   Staff at the Cincinnati Zoo are still mourning her tragic loss today.

Zoo veterinarians conducted a thorough necropsy, a procedure to determine the cause of death of an animal, Sunday morning and results revealed that Akilah died from a collapse of the cardiovascular system.

“Giraffes are fragile and sensitive animals, said Dr Mark Campbell, Director…

Cincinnati Zoo Mourns Loss of Giraffe


CINCINNATI, OH (November 20, 2010)   Staff at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden are mourning the loss of its three-year-old female Massai giraffe named Akilah. Zoo keepers found Akilah around 4:30 p.m. Saturday evening sitting in the back of the outdoor exhibit.  Akilah was apparently feeding on grass inside an enclosed island within the 27,000-square-foot exhibit when her horns, called ossicones, became caught in the netting that surrounded the trees.

The official cause of death is unknown at this time. …

Cincinnati Zoo Joins Nick Lachey to Kick Off Toy Drive during PNC Festival of Lights to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati


CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has partnered with the Nick Lachey Foundation and PNC Bank to collect NEW, unwrapped, toys from November 26 – December 6 at the Cincinnati Zoo to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati. The partnership will celebrate, recognize, and contribute to the youth of our community and the organizations who provide them with…

Sea-Cow Shuffle at the Cincinnati Zoo


CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden animal care staff has been quite busy the last 48 hours – moving nine manatees, between six institutions. The Sea Cow Shuffle began on Tuesday, November 2, when the Zoo transported two manatees – “CC Baby” and “Turner” – by truck to Rickenbacker International Airport, in Columbus, Ohio, where they met three manatees from the Columbus Zoo, and together, flew to Orlando, Florida to prepare for release back to the wild.