Cincinnati Zoo Just Gained 8,000 Pounds!

The hippos have arrived and Hippo Cove will open ahead of schedule. 

Cincinnati, OH (June 30, 2016) After a twenty-year hippo hiatus, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is three weeks away from opening Hippo Cove, a newly-constructed exhibit that features a 70,000-gallon pool and an underwater viewing area where visitors can get nose-to-nostril with the Zoo’s two hippos.

Henry, a 34-year-old male hippopotamus from Dickerson Park Zoo, and Bibi, a 17-year-old female from St. Louis Zoo, have arrived…

An Open Letter to the Greater Cincinnati Community from Director Thane Maynard

On behalf of everybody involved with the Cincinnati Zoo I want to thank our local community for the caring concern you have shown since the tragic death of Harambe.

In this ever-connected, social media age, it seems that everybody, everywhere learned of our tragedy on the day it happened.  This opened up a typhoon of international criticism and finger pointing the likes of which I had never experienced before.

But here in our community the response has been more level…

Dads get in FREE at the Cincinnati Zoo!

fathersdayCome Celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19

WHO:             Still looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift?  Take Dad to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on us!  All dads will receive FREE admission to the Zoo on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

WHAT:          Father’s Day at the Cincinnati Zoo is a great time to enjoy animal shows, keeper chats, take a train…

Cincinnati Zoo Plans to Reopen Gorilla World Next Week

barrierCINCINNATI (June 2, 2016) – Over 43 million people have safely enjoyed the Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla World exhibit without incident in the 38 years that it’s been open.  That changed last Saturday when a young boy climbed over the public barrier, made his way through more than five feet of bushes and dropped into the moat. This breach resulted in the loss…

Honoring Harambe

harambeCincinnati Zoo provides ways to support gorilla conservation

CINCINNATI  (June 1, 2016) – Since the tragic death of Harambe last Saturday, thousands of people have asked how they can help gorillas in the wild.  As a result, the Cincinnati Zoo is redoubling its efforts to support gorilla conservation and encouraging others to join us.

For the past 15 years, the Cincinnati Zoo…

Cincinnati Zoo Devastated by Death of Beloved Gorilla

hCINCINNATI (May 29, 2016) –The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden family is in mourning today and trying to process the death of 17-year-old gorilla Harambe. The gorilla was killed yesterday in order to save the life of a child who climbed through a public barrier at Gorilla World and dropped fifteen feet into the exhibit’s moat, which contained a foot of water.

“We…

Media Update: Gorilla World

10394524_10153175130002973_7274470645021833011_nCINCINNATI, OH (May 28, 2016) – A 4-year-old boy climbed through a public barrier at Gorilla World at around 4pm today at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and fell into the exhibit’s moat.  The two female gorillas in the exhibit were recalled immediately, but the third, a male, remained in the yard with the child. The Zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team responded…

Beetle Mania: Endangered American Burying Beetles Released at Fernald Preserve to Breed

IMG_7211CINCINNATI (May 25, 2016) – For the fourth year in a row, staff and volunteers from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden released federally endangered American burying beetles (ABB) at the Fernald Preserve. This year, 110 pairs that were carefully matched by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), were placed into holes in the ground to breed….