See and learn more about endangered African penguins at African Penguin Point. Watch these birds swim with underwater viewing and meet other birds that call Africa home!
African Penguin Point
All of the bald eagles at the Cincinnati Zoo are rescues who were injured in the wild and are unable to be released. The Zoo provides the eagles with a safe place to live and allows guests to see the majestic birds up close.
Bald Eagle Habitat
Visitors will observe an amazing diversity of birds from across the globe, in the open-air mixed-species aviaries and half a dozen other bird habitats, while making connections to our own native bird species. See all your favorite birds, from parrots to penguins, in a whole new light!
Pied Imperial Pigeon
Masked Bobwhite Quail
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo
White-naped Pheasant Pigeon
White-Headed Buffalo Weaver
Victoria Crowned Pigeon
Blue-Crowned Laughing Thrush
Timor Zebra Finch
Southern Rockhopper Penguin
Red and Yellow Barbet
Birds of the World
Cat Canyon is home to cougars, Malayan tigers and snow leopards in immersive habitats that showcase the majesty and grace of these amazing cats.
Cheetah Encounter presented by Kroger. See cheetahs run at full speed during warm weather months.
See goats, chickens, pigs and animals in the Animal Ambassador Center.
See a komodo dragon up close and other reptiles in Dragons! at the Cincinnati Zoo!
Home to the Steller’s sea eagles and Andean condors.
Eagle Free Flight Aviary
Targeted for children, students, and their families, the P&G Discovery Forest building is home to Moe the sloth, and is a hub for Zoo education programs and camps!
A designated national historic landmark constructed in 1906, the Elephant House’s Taj Mahal-like building is one of the most popular sites of the Zoo and home to the Asian elephant.
Elephant Trek, which will be five times the size of the Zoo’s current elephant habitat, is slated to open in 2024 and will eventually be home to a multi-generational herd of 8-10 Asian elephants. Elements built into Elephant Trek, including stormwater tanks that will hold 1 million gallons of water, will actually help the Zoo reduce expenses and achieve its goal to be Net Zero! It also has plans to convert elephant poop, and the rest of the Zoo’s organic waste, to a soil supplement that will help it grow the food that the elephants eat!
Walk through this habitat amongst the birds including kea, a mountainous parrot from New Zealand.
Free Flight Aviary
This habitat is home to the giant Galapagos Tortoise Yard.
Galapagos Tortoise Yard
Gibbons are excellently adapted to life in the rainforest canopy. For example, these lesser apes are built for swinging among the trees with long arms and fingers. Gibbons are famous for their loud musical calls, which can carry over long distances to communicate through the dense foliage. Visitors to Gibbon Islands have the first-hand opportunity to see their aerial acrobatics and hear their melodic songs. Visitors walk across a wooden bridge as they gaze up at the gibbons swinging on giant jungle gyms built on lushly landscaped islands.
Built in 1978, Gorilla World was one of the first large naturalistic primate habitats in the world. Upon entering the outdoor habitat space, the visitor is immersed in a simulated African jungle. Several open viewing areas provide the chance to see many individuals of the Zoo’s large troop from various angles. The indoor habit, which opened in 2017, allows visitors to see gorillas year-round! The floor-to-ceiling viewing glass will help the Zoo continue to inspire gorilla conservation by getting visitors close enough to care as they watch and engage with the Zoo’s gorillas.
Jungle Trails takes visitors on a journey through the rainforests of Asia and Africa to witness just a sampling of the amazing wildlife that lives there. Throughout the habitat there are interactives that promote the overall theme of teamwork and learning, which brings families closer together.
Pygmy Slow Loris
Garnett’s Galago (Greater Bushbaby)
Cape Barren Goose
Burmese Brown mountain tortoise
Black Howler Monkey
Angolan Colobus Monkey
Henkel’s Leaf-Tailed Gecko
Be on the lookout for ring-tailed lemurs here! Ring-tailed lemurs are now classified as endangered and numbers are declining. Although widely distributed throughout the forests of southern and southwestern Madagascar, the charismatic creatures exist in only a few protected areas. They are the most easily recognizable lemur and the species most commonly encountered in Zoos.
Manatee Springs is a celebration of Florida’s magnificent biodiversity, highlighting the Florida manatee, and a plea for its long-term conservation. Since 1999 the Zoo has been partnering with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Sea World and other groups in Florida to bring injured and orphaned baby manatees to the Zoo’s Manatee Springs habitat to nurse them back to health and give them a second chance.
Florida Pine Snake
Loggerhead Musk Turtle
Yellow Rat Snake
Yellow Banded Poison Dart Frog
Alligator Snapping Turtle
This multi-sensory journey through the wild at night features a variety of cats like the clouded leopard, Pallas’ cats, sand cat, fishing cat, and the black-footed cat, as well as other nocturnal animals such as the potto, vampire bats and aardvark.
Future home to sea otters, black bears and other animals that call North America home!
The P&G Discovery Forest habitat is designed to engage visitors in a multi-sensory exploration of the world of plants and their importance. The setting is a tropical Latin American rainforest, incorporating interpretive elements from throughout Central and South America and even into Mexico. (Some plants from other tropical areas in the world are also featured for their significance to the theme of why plants are important.) Several neo-tropical animals are also displayed in the habitat to emphasize the relationship between plants and wildlife.
P&G Discovery Forest
Home to two red panda families. They like cold weather, so look for them when it’s chilly!
The oldest American zoo building, the Reptile House was built in 1875 in Turkish style and is a National Historic Landmark. Originally housing monkeys, the building is now home to more than 35 reptile species, including snakes, lizards, turtles and alligators, from around the world.
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog
Florida Pine Snake
Emerald Tree Boa
Poison Dart Frog
Pascagoula Map Turtle
Northern Spider Tortoise
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Dyeing poison dart frog
Dumeril’s Ground Boa
Western Gaboon Viper
Black Rat Snake
Titicaca Water Frog
Aruba Island Rattlesnake
Indochinese Spitting Cobra
Indian Star Tortoise
Rhino Reserve has an outdoor path that encircles several open–air animal yards that are home to a variety of hoofed mammals and wetland birds that frequent the Eastern hemisphere. Rhinos wallow, flamingos socialize, and zebras snort—all events that visitors may get the chance to experience as they explore this area.
At the Australian-themed Roo Valley, beneath a lush canopy of trees, Zoo guests experience and encounter two native Australian species like never before. In the 15,000-square-foot Kangaroo Walkabout, guests roam among the ‘roos as they hop about, play, and graze. The Cincinnati Zoo is home to North America’s largest colony of little blue penguins, and their numbers are increasingly threatened in the wild. Their habitat includes more rocky surfaces and incorporates technology to optimize swimming time, which is beneficial for penguin health.
Swan Lake provide visitors with the opportunity to observe many native species such as turtles and waterfowl while learning about the importance of wetlands.
See what these feathered friends do what birds do best — fly at the Ameritas Wings of Wonder.
Wings of Wonder
Hike through the woods where Mexican wolves and river otters play. Wolf Woods highlights conservation efforts that are restoring North American habitats and the species that inhabit them. The first section along the Wolf Woods trail focuses on the conservation stories of the Ohio woodlands and its species, highlighting the North American river otter. The second section focuses on the conservation story of the Mexican gray wolf native to the southwestern United States. Here, a rustic, historical trapper’s cabin has been converted into a Mexican wolf field research station.
In 1978, the first habitat building devoted to insects in any U.S. zoo was built at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and was awarded the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s (AZA) Exhibit Award. Many significant achievements in husbandry, breeding and display of particular species, including the bullet ant, Peruvian fire stick and giant water bug, have received special awards over the years.
Derbyana Flower Beetle
Anthony’s Poison Dart Frog
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Giant Water bug
Giant Walking Stick
Giant Spiny Leaf Insect
Giant Jumping Stick
Giant African Millipede
Golden Silk Spider
Poison Dart Frog
Ornate Horned Frog
Magnificent Flower Beetle
Madagascar Giant Day Gecko
Eastern Lubber Grasshopper
Cave whip spider
Brown recluse spider
Brazilian White-knee tarantula
Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater
White-eyed Assassin Bug
Blue Death Feigning Beetle
Black-Breasted Leaf Turtle
Bat Cave Cockroach
American burying beetle
Sunburst Diving Beetle
Striped Love Beetle
Red-Eyed Assassin Bug