Giant Rhino Nutcracker Installed at Zoo for PNC Festival of Lights


30-Foot Tall Statue A Local Holiday Tradition

WHO:             The annual PNC Festival of Lights preparation is well underway, celebrating a 31-year old local holiday tradition.  One of the most iconic displays – a 30-foot-tall Rhino Nutcracker – was installed today at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The giant Nutcracker will stand guard at the Zoo’s Vine Street Village entrance during PNC Festival of Lights, which runs from November 23 through January 4.

WHAT:          This Holiday Season, the…

Cincinnati Zoo’s Foot Race Reduces its Footprint


Cheetah Run 5K Goes Green

The Cincinnati Zoo held the 34th annual Cheetah Run 5K race in September of this year.  This race is unique for runners and walkers who trek through our spectacular 3.1 mile course which includes our amazing gardens and exotic animal exhibits, providing scenery unlike any other venue in town.  As the “Greenest Zoo in America” we are striving to make all of our events as green as possible and the Cheetah Run…

Thank You For Supporting Zoo Levy


WOW! Issue 2 Passes with 80% of Voters Supporting the Zoo!

CINCINNATI, OH (November 6, 2013) – The Zoo tax levy has officially been renewed, thanks to 80% of Hamilton County voters who checked the YES box at the polls yesterday!

“All of us at the Cincinnati Zoo are honored, humbled and thankful to the voters and taxpayers of Hamilton County,” said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.   “Your support over…

If You See Something Wild This Afternoon – HONK!


A little honk goes a long way and makes our day!

WHO:             The Friends of the Cincinnati Zoo are showing their support at seven Honk & Wave locations throughout Hamilton County, on Monday, November 4, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Zoo mascots, staff, volunteers, animals, and friends will be rallying to show their Zoo support and ask the county to vote #YESON2 to #RENEWTHEZOO!

WHEN:          Monday, November 4, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.



Celebrate Lulu’s 1st Birthday!


#GiraffeBirthday Party at the Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI – “Lulu”, the Cincinnati Zoo’s youngest Maasai giraffe is turning ONE this Saturday, October 12.   In honor of her 1st birthday the Zoo is holding a giraffe birthday party on Friday, October 11, at 10:30 a.m.  Guests are invited to come see the happy family, mom “Tessa”, dad “Kimba” and Lulu, enjoy a giraffe birthday cake and sign Lulu’s 1st birthday card. The cake, which consists of frozen gelatin, mountains of pureed produce,…

Taking Root Kicks Off September 26


WHAT:       Taking Root is kicking off its campaign to address the current and impending loss of the region’s tree canopy. The Tri-State region is confronting a devastating loss of trees due to the emerald ash borer and other insect infestations, new disease, the prevalence of invasive plants, and other threats. Taking Root aims to combat the local tree crisis through education, better management of existing trees, and most of all, by planting trees to help replace those…