Cincinnati Zoo’s World of the Insect Wins Prestigious Bean Award for Work with Giant Jumping Sticks

Moves to top of AZA’s national breeding award winner list

beaCINCINNATI, OH (September 28, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is proud to announce that its World of the Insect has been recognized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) with the prestigious Edward H. Bean Award for its work with giant jumping sticks.

The Bean Award, named after former Brookfield Zoo director Edward H. Bean, recognizes a…

Special Painted Dog Enrichment

signThe Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s ten painted dog pups and their mom, “Imara,” will receive special enrichment in the form of a USDA-inspected goat carcass on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 9:30 am in their public exhibit. This enrichment will be exclusive to members and Zoo Adventure Ticket holders! This will be their second public carcass feeding. Simulating a wild feeding increases the dogs’ mental and physical activity, provides nutritional…

Sumatran Rhino in Indonesia is Pregnant! Rhino born at the Cincinnati Zoo is the Father


CINCINNATI  (September 22, 2015) – The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) announced today, on World Rhino Day, that the critically-endangered Sumatran rhino population will soon increase by one.  In a species with fewer than 100 individuals left on the planet, one is a significant number.

The announcement has special local significance since the father, Andalas, was born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.  His birth, in 2001, was the result of a scientific breakthrough by the Zoo’s…

Male Black Rhino from Zoo Atlanta Matched with Cincinnati Zoo’s Female Black Rhino

Seyia and Faru – A match made by… the SSP!

 CINCINNATI  (September 15, 2015)– When “Faru,” a ten-year-old, male black rhinoceros, arrived from Zoo Atlanta earlier this summer, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s female, “Seyia,” got more than a 2,800-pound neighbor.  She seyiafarugot a potential mate. The Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) has determined that these two rhinos are a good genetic match and has recommended…

Zoofari 2015: A Celebration of 140 Years

zoofari-rasterCINCINNATI (September 4, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden cordially invites you to attend the 33rd  annual Zoofari – Zoofari 2015: A Celebration of 140 Years– presented by Performance Lexus and Performance Lexus Rivercenter, which takes place Friday, September 18, 2015.  Join 2500+ corporate leaders, zoo supporters and philanthropists for a fabulous evening, named #1 charity event in Cincinnati in City’s Beat’s “Best of Cincinnati” 2015 issue!

This year the…

Cincinnati Zoo Announces Plans for a $12 Million Gorilla Exhibit Expansion


gorillaCINCINNATI (September 3, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has big plans to transform the Zoo’s most popular exhibit, Gorilla World, by creating a new indoor habitat to allow for year-round visitor viewing of and engagement with the Zoo’s western lowland gorillas!

“For more than 84 years, the Cincinnati Zoo has led the way in the management of these critically endangered primates. This much-anticipated expansion, specifically the enhancements to…

#GreenestZooInAmerica’s Base Camp Cafe Rated Greenest Restaurant in America

basecamp CINCINNATI (September 8, 2015) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to announce that Base Camp Café has earned the “greenest restaurant in America” title for 2015 according to the Green Restaurant Association (GRA).

The GRA awards points for environmental categories including energy, water, food, waste, disposables, furnishings and building materials. A 4-star rating requires 300 points, and the Base Camp Cafe received 462, “a truly phenomenal…

50th Gorilla Born at the Cincinnati Zoo Gets Name

Elle, Oh Elle

CINCINNATI, OH (September 7, 2015) – A female gorilla born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on August 25, 2015, will be called “Elle.”  Gorilla keepers suggested two names for the baby, the 50th born at the Zoo, and friends/followers voted for their favorite.  Elle grabbed two-thirds of the 2,500 votes.

“It is a very rare thing for any zoo to have 50 babies born and we wanted that to be recognized in the baby’s…

Support Moe the Sloth!

By purchasing a sloth t-shirt, you are helping support the care and feeding of Moe, our 16-year-old two-toed sloth. You can find Moe hanging around on her tree in the Discovery Forest at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden!

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Sloth Institute Costa Rica (TSI) to help support their initiatives with research, rescue, rehab and release of Costa Rica’s native sloths.


The sloth is not…

Giraffe Nasha Heading to the Nashville Zoo

CINCINNATI, OH (September 3, 2015) –The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 1-year-old giraffe Nasha will be heading to her new home at the Nashville Zoo, in Nashville, TN, later this month to join a herd primarily comprised of females and their young.

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) has recommended Nasha’s transfer for breeding purposes. Nasha will provide her new herd with genetic diversity that makes her a good fit for breeding.

“Because giraffes are…