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.
The CREW Progress Report is published between CREW ReView releases and also provides conservation and research progress updates.
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.
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.
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.
For all groups:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or to register over the phone call the Education Department at (513)-559-7767
Scientists for the Future
CREW offers a unique high school education program called Scientists for the Future that involves an overnight adventure at CREW. After three years, the program has become extremely popular among the local schools. For a nominal fee, students engage in hands-on activities using high tech equipment and performing real techniques used to save endangered plants and animals from extinction. This program perfectly complements a variety of classes (biology, botany, zoology, life sciences, conservation).
In the lab, students use model plant species to practice in vitro techniques used to collect and propagate US endangered plants using plant tissue culture. Students learn the use of laparoscopic instruments in assisted reproduction such as in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Students use in-house surveillance systems to monitor behavioral interactions between parent and offspring of endangered species in CREW’s assisted reproduction program.
Evaluations from the students and teachers have been very positive and the program is highly recommended.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.