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Enjoy Zoo programs both at the Zoo and off site!

In-person and virtual selections for schools and individuals.

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Maple Tapping and Tasting

Saturday, February 10, 2024 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Come and join us at the Zoo’s Bowyer Farm for a fun afternoon full of history, hands-on activities, and storytelling all about maple tapping! This program offers a sweet peek into the history of this age-old tradition and offers an opportunity to participate in the maple tapping process. At the end, participants will be able to taste the pre-cursor to maple syrup, fresh from the tree, as well as some of the finished product! This program is sure to be fun for the whole family.

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Let’s celebrate Moms & Dads

We’re ready to celebrate those people in our lives who just make everything right! And let’s not forget about those animal moms & dads who care for their kiddos, too!

From the protective alligator mom guarding her clutch to the dutiful hippo dad, animal parents do a lot to raise their young.

Bring the whole family to celebrate!

  • Hurray for Mom: May 11, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Hurray for Dad: June 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Members: $20 | Non-Members: $25

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The Zoo Gourmet

Food is a huge part of celebrating holidays! At the Zoo, our animals feast year-round on carefully planned diets. Join us for a holiday food frenzy and learn how we feed thousands of animals every day. Through a game, a hike around the Zoo, and with the help of our Education animal ambassadors, we’ll learn about why different animals eat different foods, and how the Zoo manages its many menus.

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Wild Chats Sponsored by:

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Wild Chats (Virtual)

These 45-minutes interactive programs are available for groups of all sorts. Hosted by a Zoo educator, they include live and recorded components. 

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Dates: You chose. Sunday-Saturday, year-round.

Time: 9:00am-6:00pm. Programs are 45-minutes

Cost: $150. $100 for schools during school hours.

Audience: schools, preschools/daycare, scout groups, libraries, adult/senior organizations.

Payment: payment is due within two weeks of confirmation. Checks and credit card are accepted.


My B.F.Fiona (all ages): Through videos with her and her care staff and live conversations and Q&A with the Zoo program host, participants will get an insider’s view into the world of this charismatic hippo.

Zoo Careers (6th Grade +): Through videos from different members of the Zoo team plus live conversation and Q&A with the Zoo program host, participants will get an insider’s view into some of the different kinds of careers it takes to run the world-class Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden!

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