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CREW Educational Opportunities

CREW School Programs

These programs introduce students to the conservation science that goes on at the Zoo everyday. CREW Programs are the perfect way to supplement your Zoo visit!

Questions? Email [email protected] or to register over the phone contact the Education Department at (513) 559-7767

Who can participate?
  • Grade 6 and up
  • Maximum group size is 30 students
When are CREW Programs available?
  • CREW Programs are available year-round at 10:00am and at 11:30am
  • Each program is approximately 90 minutes and includes a presentation and tour.
  • Make your reservations at least two weeks in advance.
  • Programs are held regardless of weather conditions unless a weather emergency is declared.
How much are CREW Programs?
  • Free with School Admission!
Where do CREW Programs take place?
  • In The Carl H. Lindner Jr. Family Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW)
Saving Species with Science Grade 7 and up

Through advanced animal and plant research, CREW is leading the way to secure a positive future for endangered species. This 45-minute presentation, followed by a building tour, explains how CREW scientists are using science and technology to conserve endangered animals and plants worldwide. Highlighting the four Signature projects: rhinos, small cats, polar bears, and exceptional plants, this program focuses on propagation, assisted reproduction, and cryopreservation research in both the plant and animal divisions.
Exceptional Plants Grade 7 and upExceptional plant species are those plants that produce few or no seeds, or plants with short-lived or recalcitrant seeds (seeds that do not survive drying or freezing). This 40-minute presentation, followed by a building tour, highlights research projects taking place in the Plant Division. This program focuses on technologies used for collection, propagation, and preservation of Exceptional Plants, which include tissue culture, cloning, DNA analysis, and cryopreservation.
Building Tour of CREW Grade 6This is an excellent opportunity to incorporate science into the school day, while visiting the Zoo. During this 30-minute guided tour of the CREW building, students will have the opportunity to see scientists in the labs and gain a better understanding of the science taking place every day, right here at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Postdoctoral Training Program

Preparing Scientists to Conserve the Future

The potential positive impact that research could have on wildlife conservation is enormous, but the actual impact it will have is limited, both by resource availability and the number of scientists involved in the effort. To help expand the global foundation of scientists conducting conservation-related research, CREW has established a Post-doctoral Training Program

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that provides a unique opportunity to new, enthusiastic scientists seeking careers in conservation-related fields. Since its inception in 1997, CREW has had more than 20 Postdocs complete their training and move on to rewarding careers.

What is the Post-Doc Program?

The program typically lasts two years and emphasizes many aspects central to CREW’s mission including education, research, and international training. Program objectives are multi-faceted. It provides an opportunity for academically oriented scientists to gain experience in coordinating conservation-based research projects in a zoo setting.

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This requires learning how to design scientific studies that can be conducted on intractable animals about which little is known.

Postdoctoral Fellows must work closely with zoo keeper staff, collaborate with other zoological institutions, conduct research at distant zoos or in the field using a ‘mobile lab’ approach, and relate the importance of their work to the general public as well as the scientific community. The program has broadened the scope of research at CREW by bringing in scientists with varied expertise, interests, and fresh, creative ideas. Furthermore, it has increased the scientific productivity of CREW.

Proof of the Program’s Effectiveness

CREW’s Post-doctoral Training program has attracted excellent candidates both nationally and internationally. Trainees have gone on to secure permanent positions in various capacities that allow them to continue pursuing their interests in both wildlife and plant conservation research.

CREW Public Exhibit

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Contact [email protected] or call (513) 961-2739 for more information.

Special Events – CREW

All CREW Special Event proceeds benefit the Zoo’s Lindner Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW).  Be sure to attend Cocktails for Conservation, Wild About Wine and/or Zoo Brew to support CREW’s mission: Saving Species with Science. Check the Events section of this site for dates, times and ticket information.