Happy First Birthday to Fiona!

Hippo-sized celebration is happening at the Cincinnati Zoo this Saturday

Cincinnati, OH (January 17, 2018)— Cincinnati’s favorite baby hippo will be one year old on January 24!  This is a major milestone for the preemie that almost didn’t make it, and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is throwing a party, a few days before her actual birthday, to celebrate.

Join…

Cincinnati Zoo’s Aadorable Aardvark Baby to be Named Winsol!

Wrinkly new resident epitomizes “so ugly it’s cute”

Cincinnati, OH (January 5, 2018)— Ali, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 13-year-old female aardvark, gave birth to a baby boy on December 21, 2017.  Since then, mom and baby have been bonding behind the scenes with a little help from the Zoo’s animal care team, who have named him Winsol because he was born on the winter solstice.

Neonate and aardvark care staff members are…

DNA from Cincinnati Zoo’s “Ipuh” Provides Evidence that Trouble for Sumatran Rhinos Began 1 Million Years Ago

In addition to being responsible for the existence of about 10% of the world’s remaining Sumatran rhinos, Cincinnati Zoo’s beloved Ipuh has now helped scientists trace the start of his species’ population decline and provided basic biological information that may improve the health and well being of future generations.

Photos:  Ipuh at the Cincinnati Zoo |  Ipuh at Cincinnati Museum Center | 2017 Sumatra Visit

An international team of researchers…

Learn Landscaping from Gardening Experts at the Greenest Zoo in America

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers landscaping classes

CINCINNATI, OH (December 7, 2017) – Beat winter’s chill by preparing for your spring garden! Back by popular demand is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 2018 Landscaping for the Homeowner Series, beginning February 7.

Join Steve Foltz, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Director of Horticulture, for one of…

Gorillas Make Debut in Cincinnati Zoo’s New Indoor Habitat

Gorilla World opens to the public tomorrow, December 6

CINCINNATI (December 5, 2017) – The much-anticipated indoor habitat for Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s gorillas will open to the public tomorrow, December 6. Donors and sponsors, including The Spaulding Foundation, Harry and Linda Fath, Farmer Family Foundation, and Gorilla Glue, officially cut the ribbon and previewed the facility earlier today.

“We…

Special Care for Cincinnati Zoo’s Senior Citizens

Special Care for Cincinnati Zoo’s Senior Citizens

Many of the older animals at the Cincinnati Zoo require the same TLC and medications as your grandparents might.  Arthritis, high blood pressure, vision and cardiac issues are as common in animals as they are in humans.  As a result, the Zoo’s hospital is stocked with anti-inflammatories, diuretics and beta blockers.


Animals in Zoos tend to live longer than they would in the wild, where…

Fiona’s Feelings Book for Babies Hits Cincinnati Stores

New book available at local book stores and at the Cincinnati Zoo gift shops

Cincinnati, OH (November 20) – Baby hippo Fiona’s face is all over a new board book, Fiona’s Feelings, by Blue Manatee Press owner and pediatrician Dr. John Hutton. Photographs of Fiona included in the book show her “expressing” various feelings, such as “happy,” “sad” and “scared.”.

Holiday Gifts that Support the Cincinnati Zoo

Adopt an animal, make a donation, or give Fiona apparel, cards, ornaments, books and more!

CINCINNATI, OH (November 14, 2017) –  If you’re looking for a gift for the Fiona lover in your life, you’re in luck.  The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has partnered with a select group of local companies to create Fiona merchandise that will delight the baby hippo…

Holiday Tradition Continues with 35th Annual PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI (November 9, 2017) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 35th annual PNC Festival of Lights, which starts on November 18 and runs through January 1, 2018.  The #1 Zoo Lights display in the country, according to a USA Today poll, is open Sundays through Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  Santa will be available for visits and…

Cincinnati Zoo Mourns Loss of Henry the Hippo

Beloved father of Fiona loses battle with chronic illness

CINCINNATI, OH (October 31, 2017) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is mourning the death of 36-year-old Henry, father of the famous Fiona.  He had been struggling with health issues for months and had lost hundreds of pounds.  According to vet staff who had been carefully…