Rory, Bumpy, Chicky, and Clover Among Stuffed Animals that Received TLC Today

Posted June 11, 2024

Cincinnati Zoo’s stuffed animal clinic offers checkups and ER visits

CINCINNATI, OH (June 11, 2024) – Plush patients received free exams today at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden during a stuffed animal repair clinic offered to Zoo members. The clinic was run by adult Zoo volunteers with special talents that included sewing, crafting, and talking to kids. One Zoo volunteer was a retired pediatrician. Volunteers from Cincinnati Children’s were also on site to help with patient check in.

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“We have so many talented volunteers that are willing and ready to participate in activities that benefit their beloved Zoo and its patrons,” said Brittany Garera-Stapleton, volunteer program manager at the Cincinnati Zoo. “”The goal of this event was to engage kids and families in learning about how we care for our zoo animals and how they can help local wildlife, all while their stuffed friends were getting fixed up.”

Some patients were brought in for basic checkups, while others required an Emergency Room visit. Beloved stuffed animals suffering from holes, rips, or tears, were treated by extra-skilled volunteers ready to restore them.

Each patient received a chart at check in and proceeded to the appropriate care station for their examinations.  Volunteers were outfitted with stethoscopes, flashlights, tongue depressors, needle and thread, and other repair supplies. Post exam patients received a wellness certificate and were invited to present it at the carousel for a free ride!

“This was such a fun event,” said Garera-Stapleton.  “We hope to do it again next year and open it up to even more patients.”

The Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Members enjoy early entry starting at 9 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW…. You pay more than $10 less per ticket, on select days, when you purchase tickets online!  That’s a $40 savings for a family of 4!