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 ride, see a 4-D show, and so…

Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla World Reopens

IMG_8312_lighterCINCINNATI  (June 7, 2016) – After being closed since the tragic death of 17-year-old silverback Harambe on May 28, 2016, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Gorilla World exhibit reopened to the public this morning.

“This has been a difficult and emotional time for everyone at the Zoo, especially Harambe’s caretakers.  We’ve never been through anything like this, and the experience has been surreal,” said Zoo Director Thane…

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 of Harambe, a beloved and endangered gorilla.

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 has played a key role in West…

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 are heartbroken about losing Harambe, but a child’s life…

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 to the life-threatening situation and made the difficult decision…

Summer Season at the Cincinnati Zoo Starts this Saturday!

Enjoy FREE admission for military on Memorial Day

birdCINCINNATI, OH – (May 26, 2016) Spend a memorable Memorial Day weekend at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden!  Summer Adventure at the Cincinnati Zoo, presented by Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers, kicks off on Saturday, May 28, with the return of summer shows, animal encounters, unique new experiences and extended hours!  All members of the military — active and retired — will receive…

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. The ABB was once found everywhere in…

Cincinnati Zoo is Testing the Waters

New hippo exhibit is 70,000 gallons closer to being ready for hippos!

Cincinnati, OH (May 20, 2016) The pool is now full in the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s new Hippo Cove exhibit, but that doesn’t make it hippo ready! Before the Zoo’s new hippo pair take their first plunge in the water, most of which comes from stormwater tanks under the lion exhibit, it has to be just right.

VIDEO: Time lapse of hippo pool filling.

To…