Cincinnati Zoo Kicks Off Tri-State’s Longest Running Holiday Tradition!

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CINCINNATI – Enjoy the Tri-state’s longest running family holiday tradition during the 28th Annual PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. See nearly two million LED lights, Madcap puppets in blacklight, an amazing Wild Lights Show, train rides, rappin’ elves and so much more. New this year, tap into adventure with the Happy Feet™ 4-D Experience playing at the Special FX 4-D Theater! PNC Festival of Lights opens November 26 and glows through January 2, 2011 from 5:00 –…

Cincinnati Zoo Determines Cause of Death for Giraffe

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CINCINNATI, OH (November 22, 2010)  - Akilah, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s beloved, three-year-old female Massai Giraffe,  passed away suddenly Saturday evening, November 20.   Staff at the Cincinnati Zoo are still mourning her tragic loss today.  

Zoo veterinarians conducted a thorough necropsy, a procedure to determine the cause of death of an animal, Sunday morning and results revealed that Akilah died from a collapse of the cardiovascular system.

“Giraffes are fragile and sensitive animals, said Dr Mark Campbell,…

Cincinnati Zoo Mourns Loss of Giraffe

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CINCINNATI, OH (November 20, 2010)  - Staff at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden are mourning the loss of its three-year-old female Massai giraffe named Akilah. Zoo keepers found Akilah around 4:30 p.m. Saturday evening sitting in the back of the outdoor exhibit.  Akilah was apparently feeding on grass inside an enclosed island within the 27,000-square-foot exhibit when her horns, called ossicones, became caught in the netting that surrounded the trees.  

The official cause of death is unknown at this…

Cincinnati Zoo Joins Nick Lachey to Kick Off Toy Drive during PNC Festival of Lights to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has partnered with the Nick Lachey Foundation and PNC Bank to collect NEW, unwrapped, toys from November 26 – December 6 at the Cincinnati Zoo to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati. The partnership will celebrate, recognize, and contribute to the youth of our community and the organizations who provide them with…

Sea-Cow Shuffle at the Cincinnati Zoo

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CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden animal care staff has been quite busy the last 48 hours – moving nine manatees, between six institutions. The Sea Cow Shuffle began on Tuesday, November 2, when the Zoo transported two manatees – “CC Baby” and “Turner” – by truck to Rickenbacker International Airport, in Columbus, Ohio, where they met three manatees from the Columbus Zoo, and together, flew to Orlando, Florida to prepare for release back to the wild.

Cincinnati Zoo Indian Rhino Gives Birth

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CINCINNATITuesday, October 26 – Nikki, the Cincinnati Zoo’s endangered Indian rhino gave birth early this morning to the world’s first live Indian rhino calf produced by artificial insemination (AI).   Nikki delivered a male calf at 6:06 a.m. in her indoor stall. Currently, the calf is in critical condition with Zoo staff working diligently to feed and stabilize him. Meanwhile, Nikki is doing well and will remain indoors.

Nikki has been monitored 24 hours a day since the first…

New Exhibit Opening at the Cincinnati Zoo & YOU are the Prey!

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CINCINNATI – It’s dark. A chorus of cicadas sings. You pass under a tree and get a prickly feeling on the back of your neck. What’s that sound? Your senses are heightened. Did that bush just move? You feel a rush of wind and, out of the corner of your eye, you catch a glimpse of an owl flying by. Vampire bats feed. An ocelot patrols its…

Anticipation Mounts at the Cincinnati Zoo

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CINCINNATI, OH (October 5, 2010) – Anticipation is mounting behind the scenes at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where the 18-year-old pregnant Indian rhinoceros, “Nikki,” is expected to give birth any day.

Not only will this be the world’s first birth of an endangered Indian rhino conceived by artificial insemination (AI), but it will also be the world’s first Indian rhino produced with frozen-thawed sperm.  The father, “Vinu”, is a 38-year-old male Indian rhino at the Bronx Zoo –…

Cincinnati Zoo Invites You to Trick-or-Treat with the Animals

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CINCINNATI – Trick-or-treating has never been so much fun.  Don’t miss HallZOOween, presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, October 9-10, 16-17 & 23-24, from Noon – 5 p.m. at the Cincinnati Zoo & BOO-tanical Garden.  Children (12 and under) can fill up their goodie bag as they trick-or-treat through the Zoo. Help the Zoo Go Green and bring your own goodie bag! Along the way, you may encounter Pumpkin Pandemonium – the Zoo’s animal version of trick-or-treating.

Your little monsters can…

Cincinnati Student Travels to See Wild Polar Bears

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CINCINNATI – Michael Young, a 17 year old student from Anderson Township, in Cincinnati, will travel to the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, on October 10 for a week-long Teen Leadership Camp sponsored by Polar Bears International (PBI), a conservation group.  The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, part of PBI’s network of Arctic Ambassador Center Zoos, selected Young based on his involvement in its Scientists for the Future Program…