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SAMANTHA’S LEGACY OF HOPE                                       FIONA AND FRIENDS HELP
                                                                AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE
Our lowland gorilla Samantha died in March, 2020 at age
50. She was loved by staff and visitors alike, and played       In February 2020, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
a giant role in steering our focus toward animal care ex-       raised $207,000 to help care for koalas, kangaroos and
cellence. Because of her, we built America’s first outdoor,     other animals in Australia that were suffering as a result
barless, naturalistic gorilla habitat in 1978. She inspired     of bushfires raging through their homes. The gift to Zoos
the trajectory toward animal care excellence we are still       Victoria came from private donations, a $5K donation
on today, and so it is fair to say Gorilla World is part of     from the Zoo and, primarily, proceeds from the sale of
Samantha’s legacy at our Zoo.                                   a Cincy Shirts t-shirt designed by local artist Loren Long,
                                                                featuring the Zoo’s famous hippo Fiona and her friends
ACCESS FOR ALL DAY                                              down under. Just one way our Zoo is contributing to wild-
CELEBRATES INCLUSION                                            life conservation around the world.

In June of 2019, more than 6,500 visitors came to check         MOVING MANATEES
out what the Zoo has done to make sure people of all
abilities feel welcome. In partnership with Cincinnati          In a single day in 2019, we transferred two manatees to
Children’s Hospital Medical Center, our commitment to           Florida and brought one back to the Cincinnati Zoo as part
“Access for All” created significant upgrades to programs       of our participation in the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilita-
and facilities, including staff inclusion training, family re-  tion Partnership, a program designed to rescue and treat
strooms with adult changing tables, sensory maps, skip-         sick, injured and orphaned manatees and then release
the-line access pass, visual supports, and sensory bags         them back into the wild. On October 15, Miles and Mat-
filled with fidgets, noise canceling headphones, sunglass-      thew were accompanied by two Zoo staff members on a
es, etc. New sensory gardens were installed to give vis-        flight from Cincinnati to SeaWorld Orlando. Hours later,
itors a place to sit when feeling overwhelmed, and we           another rescued orphan, Truffleshuffle, began his journey
are particularly proud of two new calming rooms – one           back to Cincinnati to be rehabilitated. It takes planning,
on either side of the zoo. Access for All day also included     cooperation, and plenty of muscle power to move mul-
booths hosted by 40 other community organizations that          tiple manatees between facilities that are hundreds of
focus on families and individuals with disabilities. It’s all   miles apart, but the Cincinnati Zoo has been doing just
part of our commitment to being the most welcoming zoo          that for the last 20 years.
in the nation!
                                                                CULTIVATING MORE THAN A GARDEN
We are the best zoo in the nation. We
will show the world what a zoo can be.                          With a total of 112 acres of garden beds, habitat landscap-
We will save species, inspire guests and                        ing and off-site properties at Bowyer and Mast Farms that
celebrate all that we have accomplished                         include wetlands, prairies and nursery areas, the Zoo’s
– together.                                                     gardens are spectacular. It’s a lot of work – from design
                                                                and plant propagation to installation and maintenance –
                                                                but our horticulture team doesn’t stop there. They share
                                                                their expertise with hundreds of people each year through
                                                                presentations and symposiums, and in 2019, through a
                                                                new Plants for Pollinators Challenge to the community.
                                                                With 50 like-minded partner organizations, the Zoo chal-
                                                                lenged folks in the Tri-State to increase habitat for pollina-
                                                                tors in their yards or on their patios. Over 1,160 pollinator
                                                                gardens were registered last year, exceeding the original
                                                                goal by over 100%! Pollinators play a crucial role in the hu-
                                                                man food chain and including important pollinator plants
                                                                in the Zoo’s gardens and encouraging our community to
                                                                do the same is a way we can cultivate a healthier planet.

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