The Christ Hospital and Cincinnati Zoo Team Up to Monitor Pregnant Gorilla

anju1(Cincinnati) June 5, 2015 – The Cincinnati Zoo has partnered with the local healthcare experts at The Christ Hospital to help monitor the pregnancy of Anju, a 14-year-old Western Lowland gorilla.

A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer from The Christ Hospital was able to confirm Anju’s pregnancy through an ultrasound in early May. Mary Ann Waymire, R.D.M.S, R.V.T., who is volunteering her time, will continue to visit Anju every other week to conduct sonograms….

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.


Video of Anju’s ultrasound

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

Rare Sumatran Rhino Pregnancy at Indonesian Sanctuary


Cincinnati Zoo’s “Andalas” is Sparking Hope for His Species

Indonesia (February 9, 2012) – Scientists around the world are following the pregnancy of one of the world’s most endangered species, the Sumatran rhino. At the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park, “Ratu” has just completed the 11th month of her pregnancy. The expectant Sumatran rhino’s pregnancy will probably last four to five months longer.

In February 2010, Ratu’s first pregnancy was diagnosed but she miscarried after two…

Cincinnati Zoo Indian Rhino Gives Birth


CINCINNATITuesday, October 26 – Nikki, the Cincinnati Zoo’s endangered Indian rhino gave birth early this morning to the world’s first live Indian rhino calf produced by artificial insemination (AI).   Nikki delivered a male calf at 6:06 a.m. in her indoor stall. Currently, the calf is in critical condition with Zoo staff working diligently to feed and stabilize him. Meanwhile, Nikki is doing well and will remain indoors.

Nikki has been monitored 24 hours a day since the first…

Anticipation Mounts at the Cincinnati Zoo


CINCINNATI, OH (October 5, 2010) – Anticipation is mounting behind the scenes at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where the 18-year-old pregnant Indian rhinoceros, “Nikki,” is expected to give birth any day.

Not only will this be the world’s first birth of an endangered Indian rhino conceived by artificial insemination (AI), but it will also be the world’s first Indian rhino produced with frozen-thawed sperm.  The father, “Vinu”, is a 38-year-old male Indian rhino at the Bronx Zoo –…

Cincinnati Rhino Pregnant by Bronx Rhino, But the Two Have Never Met

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Cincinnati, OH (November 5, 2009) – “Nikki,” the Cincinnati Zoo’s 18-year-old female Indian rhino is expecting.  The father, “Vinu”, is a 38-year-old male Indian rhino at the Bronx Zoo.  However, the two rhinos have never met.

Scientists at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) collected Vinu’s sperm in 2005 and stored it at -320°F in CREW’s CryoBioBank for four years before it was thawed and utilized in the successful artificial insemination (AI) procedure…