See what’s happening at the Zoo today, December 12, 2017!
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*Early Entry returns mid-March 2018!

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  • BB&T Express Train will be open from 4pm-9pm, weather permitting.
  • Conservation Carousel will be open from 4pm-9pm, weather permitting.
  • 4-D Special F-X Theater will be open from 4pm-9pm, weather permitting.

Inclement weather, including excessive heat and/or rain and storms may cause the early closure some habitats, attractions, food/retail locations, etc.


Food location hours & animal appearances vary by season. Ask us when you arrive for details on how to make the most of your visit!

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The Cincinnati Zoo is located at 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220. The main parking lot & entrance is on Vine Street. Click here for a parking map.

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Animal News

Please note: While our goal is to provide opportunities for our visitors to see all the animals in our care, there are times where an animal may be off view or given access to their indoor space in order for our team to provide the best care possible. During PNC Festival of Lights, most outdoor animals will be off view due to their regular schedule and time of year. Animal buildings will be open during the event, but some animals may be sleeping or difficult to view. We suggest a visit earlier in the day to see more animals (your ticket is valid all day and includes re-entry!).

  • Check the weather: Temperatures must be 50 degrees or above with sunny skies for hippos to be outside. (This is at the discretion of our animal care staff & could change without notice)
    • Hippos will not be on view today due to temperatures
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  • Tigers, White Lions, and Cougars will be off habitat today
  • Snow leopards can go outside if they choose but if you can’t see them, they might be inside!
  • The NEW indoor Gorilla World is now open! Keep in mind, the gorillas are still learning the ins and outs of their new dynamic complex. They may or may not be visible at all times.
  • Wings of the World is closed for renovations. When it reopens in spring 2018, guests will enjoy a new and improved experience and an enhanced opportunity to connect to nature through birds.
  • Windows at kea free flight aviary are taped for introduction of new kea.
  • White Tigers will be off view for the rest of the winter.
  • Capybaras, warthog, and Warty pigs will be off view today

Gift Shops & Food Locations Open Today

Opening Time Closing Time
Base Camp Café: 10am 9pm
Savannah Soft Serve: Closed Closed
Tuskers: Closed Closed
Funnel Cake Factory: Closed Closed
Watering Hole: 10am 9pm
Snack Shack Closed Closed
Dip’n’Dots in Vine Street Village: Closed Closed
LaRosa’s: Closed Closed
Graeter’s: Closed Closed
Safari Grill: Closed Closed
Soft Serve in Safari Camp:  Closed Closed
Smokehouse BBQ: Closed Closed
Outpost: Closed Closed
Dip’n’Dots in Safari Camp: Closed Closed

Gift Shop Locations Open Today*:

Historic Vine Village Gift Shop 10am 9pm
4-D Theater Gift Shop* 4pm 9pm

Facepaint and Handimals will return in the Spring!

*Weather and attendance dependent 

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