Animal News

Today’s Updates

  • The Discovery Forest building is Open! All other buildings are now open.
  • Sloth may be on view in the AAC building, near the Children’s Zoo. Please note they might not be viewable during all operating hours.
  • Butterfly Aviary will be open daily.
  • Andean Bear will have access to their indoor habitat.
  • Cheetahs will have access to their behind the scenes area.
  • Bongos, Okapis, Zebras, and Duiker will be out late due to habitat maintenance.
  • Giraffe Feeding will continue every day 9:30-11:30, 12:30-2:30.
  • Goat Yard will be out late today.
  • Galapagos Tortoise public interactions have ended for the fall.
  • Orangutan will be out late today.

Animal Encounters and Experiences Schedule

Getting Around the Zoo

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


The Cincinnati Zoo is located at 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220.

The main Zoo lot is open! Please pay attention to signage in the event this parking lot fills, we will begin directing to the overflow lot on Louis Avenue.

Visitors may enter the Zoo using the Pavilion Entry Building from the Main Parking Lot, equipped with stairs & elevators to get to bridge level.

Summer Experiences

Included with Zoo Admission

Cheetah Encounter

See cheetahs do what they do best – run! September 7 – October 31: Fridays at 12:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am & 12:00pm. (weather depending)

cheetah running

Cheetah Encounter Sponsored by: 

Kroger Logo

Barnyard Bonanza

A fast-paced, fun, family-friendly interaction in our Children’s Zoo. September 7 – September 30: Wednesday – Sunday at 11am

barnyard bonanza

Blakely’s Barnyard Bonanza Presented by: 

Zoo Rides & Attractions

Train & Carousel

Safari Train: daily 9:30am-5pm*

Conservation Carousel: daily 9:30am-3pm*

*weather permitting 

More Info

Rides are an included benefit of Platinum and Gold Members. Standard members and non-members may purchase tickets at each respective attraction.

  • Train- $4
  • Carousel- $3
  • Unlimited Rides Package – $8
  • Zoo Adventure Upgrade (Unlimited Rides and a Zoo Key)- $10

*Hours may vary due to inclement weather, maintenance, and low attendance.

Kanga’ Klimb

Kanga Klimb: Tickets sold daily starting at 9:30am-4:00pm. Course closes at 5pm. 

*weather permitting, Kanga Klimb may close due to inclement weather, extreme temperatures, maintenance, and low attendance.

Kanga Klimb will close October 31st and reopen in April 2022

Elevate your Cincinnati Zoo experience! This elevated course features a series of activities designed to safely test your balance and climbing skills plus increase self-reliance.

Purchase your tickets at the Kanga’ Klimb entrance. Cash, credit, debit and Zoo Bucks accepted.


  • Members: $16
  • Non Members: $19
More Info

Gift Shops & Food Locations Open Today

Gift Shop Locations

Historic Vine Village Main Gift Shop*: Closed

Mai Tai’s Marketplace Gift Shop: 9am-5pm

*For a wider variety of retail items, please shop our online store.

Face Painting Locations

Vine Street Village 10am 12pm
Safari  Closed Closed

Food Locations

New mobile food ordering allows touchless transactions with food pickup at Base Camp Cafe & Outpost Cafe at Mai Thai’s Market. From Food Trucks featuring chicken strips, tacos and burgers to snack stations and Hops, overlooking Roo Valley, the Zoo has something for everyone!

See what is open today!

Historic Vine Street Village
Hops: 9am 5pm
Vine Street Dippin Dots Closed Closed
Africa & Train Station
Base Camp Cafe: 9am 5pm
Savannah Soft Serve: Closed Closed
Tuskers: 10am 5pm
Skyline: Closed Closed
Train Dots: Closed Closed
Jungle Trails & African Veldt
LaRosa’s: Closed Closed
LaRosa’s Dots: Closed Closed
The Grove
Cup & Cone @ Mai Thai’s Market: 9am 5pm
Outpost Cafe @ Mai Thai’s Market: 10am 5pm
The Coop: Closed Closed
Wild Burger: Closed Closed
Taco Caja: Closed Closed
Sweet Retreat: Closed Closed