Bill Swanson collects samples of frozen sperm.

Learn more about CREW’s research and findings in CREW publications and by visiting our public exhibit.  We also offer educational opportunities for high school students and enthusiastic scientists seeking careers in conservation-related fields.

 Rhino Publications



CREW Review


The CREW ReView is CREW’s annual publication that provides conservation and research progress updates.

2013 CREW ReView

CREW Progress Report


The CREW Progress Report is published between CREW ReView releases and also provides conservation and research progress updates.

Spring 2014 Progress Report


Educational Opportunites

Public Exhibit

CREW’s Public Exhibit is open from noon to 3:00 pm daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Volunteers will provide you with an interpretive experience explaining how CREW is Saving Species with Science®. Guided tours through the building and presentations can be arranged by appointment. Please see contact information below.

Saving Species with Science®

This 40 minute presentation explains how CREW scientists are using science and technology to conserve endangered animals and plants worldwide. It highlights amazing assisted reproduction techniques (used to produce the world acclaimed ocelot kitten), the exciting Sumatran rhino story, the mysteries of the CryoBioBank® and the many projects in plant and animal conservation.

Evergreen World

This 40 minute presentation highlights the exciting new research projects for the plant division. Technologies used for collection, propagation and preservation of plants are explained. Procedures for tissue culture, cloning and cryopreservation also are shown. The important relationship between plants and animals crucial to our human experience is emphasized.

Why Plants?

Learn about plant exploration, the importance of plants, our local environment, and how you can become a plant explorer. There is also an introduction to Flora Finder!, a unique tool that can be searched online to provide information on our local flora past and present. Grades 6-8.


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Contact or to register over the phone call the Education Department at (513)-559-7767

Postdoctoral Training Program

Preparing Scientists to Conserve the Future

The potential positive impact that research could have on wildlife conservation is enormous, but the actual impact it will have is limited, both by resource availability and the number of scientists involved in the effort. To help expand the global foundation of scientists conducting conservation-related research, CREW has established a Post-doctoral Training Program

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that provides a unique opportunity to new, enthusiastic scientists seeking careers in conservation-related fields. Since its inception in 1997, CREW has seen eight Post-docs complete their training and move on to rewarding careers.
What is the Post-Doc Program?

The program typically lasts two years and emphasizes many aspects central to CREW’s mission including education, research, and international training. Program objectives are multi-faceted. It provides an opportunity for academically oriented scientists to gain experience in coordinating conservation-based research projects in a zoo setting.

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This requires learning how to design scientific studies that can be conducted on intractable animals about which little is known.

Postdoctoral Fellows must work closely with zoo keeper staff, collaborate with other zoological institutions, conduct research at distant zoos or in the field using a ‘mobile lab’ approach, and relate the importance of their work to the general public as well as the scientific community. The program has broadened the scope of research at CREW by bringing in scientists with varied expertise, interests, and fresh, creative ideas. Furthermore, it has increased the scientific productivity of CREW.

Proof of the Program’s Effectiveness

CREW’s Post-doctoral Training program has attracted excellent candidates both nationally and internationally. Trainees have gone on to secure permanent positions in various capacities that allow them to continue pursuing their interests in wildlife conservation research.

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For example, one CREW Post-doc is working as a Scientific Director for Sea World. Another is the Curator of Conservation and Research at the Memphis Zoo and a couple others have secured tenure track positions at prestigious universities.

CREW Public Exhibit

During your summer visits to the Zoo, be sure to stop by the CREW Public Exhibit. It is located in the state of the art CREW building. The Public Exhibit is open noon to 3:00pm daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Volunteer interpreters share the CREW story with visitors.

Also enjoy: View of the research greenhouse Endangered plants growing in the incubator A look into the CryoBioBank® Interpretive videos Special project displays IAMS Animal Wellness Plaza

Contact or call (513) 961-2739 for more information.

Special Events – CREW

All CREW Special Event proceeds benefit the Zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) – the umbrella for all local and international conservation and research efforts of the Cincinnati Zoo. Be sure to attend Zootini, Wild About Wine and/or Zoo Brew to show your support! Check the Events section of this site for dates, times and ticket information.