January 20
10am – 3pm 

This event is free with Zoo Admission. Experience half-price admission through March 9.

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You’ve been with us since day 1, following the journey of premature baby hippo Fiona. Now it’s time to celebrate! Our little hippo turns one on Jan 24, but we’re celebrating on Saturday, Jan 20! Make sure to wear your #TeamFiona gear to the party!

From the New York Times to a local WCPO hour-long special, Fiona has gotten a lot of attention in her first year! Thank you to the Cincinnati Community, and Fiona fans and supporters from around the world!

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Important Reminders
  • Temps must be 50° + with sunny skies for hippos to be outside. (This is at the discretion of our animal care staff & could change without notice.)
  • The train and carousel will not be operational on this date.
  • Some of the paths are closed due to construction. Please use this map to help you navigate through the Zoo!
    • Red route = path closed
    • Orange route = suggested route to Hippo Cove
    • Stars = Find birthday activities here! (see Birthday Activity List for details)

Birthday Activities

  • First 2,000 families will get a hippo bath mat (while supplies last)*
  • Birthday enrichment throughout the Zoo
  • Get a commemorative Fiona postcard stamped with her footprint (while supplies last)
  • Sign Fiona’s birthday card from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Hippo Cove
  • Busken cake and cookies from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (while supplies last)
  • Graeter’s ice cream from  from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (while supplies last)
  • Hippo care team members will be available for chats and Q&A from  1:00pm – 1:30pm and 2:00pm – 2:30pm
  • Hippo-themed activities in Education Center from 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Cincy Shirts will be passing out Fiona temporary tattoos from  1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Specialists from Children’s Hospital who helped save Fiona will be here from 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Scientists from CREW will have an interactive station to show how they performed an ultrasound on Bibi from 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Authors of Fiona books will be available to sign books from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Zoo’s Gift Shop (bring your book or buy them at the Zoo)

*Hippo rugs generously donated by Saturday Knight Ltd. One pack per family. Must have voucher to pick up hippo rug. Vouchers will be handed out at the front entrance, as you get your tickets or membership scanned. Voucher redeemable at Insect World, on January 20th only. While Supplies Last. 

Special Birthday Animal Enrichment 

Click here for a full schedule of events!

Time Location 
10:00am Polar Bear Enrichment
10:15am Takin Enrichment
10:15am Lion Enrichment
10:15am Painted Dog Enrichment
10:30am Red Panda Enrichment
11:00am Sea Lion Enrichment
11:00am Meerkat Enrichment
11:15am Elephant Enrichment
12:45pm Polar Bear Enrichment
1:15pm Arctic Fox Enrichment
1:30pm Kea Enrichment
2:00pm Otter enrichment

More ways to celebrate Fiona:

Cincy Shirts
is selling a NEW, exclusive Fiona birthday tee: Party Like It’s Your Birthday online and in stores. Order now and receive a FREE Fiona birthday temporary tattoo and a coupon card that is valid online or in-stores on a future purchase. (While supplies last.)


Busken Bakery is selling its birthday-edition #TeamFiona cookie and at the locations listed on their website for a limited time.

On Saturday, January 20 at 10 a.m., Listermann Brewing Company is releasing 3 different versions of Team Fiona beer:

Team Fiona: Birthday Edition NE IPA w/Citra and Centennial
Double Dry Hopped Team Fiona – NE IPA dry hopped with Galaxy
Team Fiona: Bifi NE IPA w/apricot and peaches

Graeter’s Chunky Chunky Hippo is available online at Graeters.com and at Kroger, Whole Foods, Fresh Market as well as all of Graeter’s 53 scoop shops in the Midwest. The ice cream features a toffee base filled with salted roasted peanuts and milk chocolate caramel truffles. The new pint will also include a new illustration of Fiona by Cincinnati artist Loren Long.

Kroger is selling a Fiona Birthday Bouquet of purple irises and small lilies in Greater Cincinnati stores, and $1 of the $9.99 price will go to the zoo. The bouquets also feature a picture tag of Fiona.

Rookwood Pottery is releasing a birthday ceramic coaster.  The piece commemorates Fiona along with her parents. On Jan. 27 from 10 am-2 pm, head to the OTR studio for a hippo-rific bash, complete with a Cincy Shirts pop-up shop, artist signing, Fiona cupcakes from Busken and special presentation from Fiona’s friends at the Zoo.

Books and more! Official Merchandise Guide – Proceeds from sales of these products benefit the Cincinnati Zoo

Watch The Fiona Show on Facebook Watch

Watch Fiona: The Story So Far Documentary