Animal News

Today’s Updates

  • Elephant House and Discovery Forest building are closed. 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.
  • Andean Bear and Otters will have access to their indoor habitat.
  • Night Hunters building will be open after 10am.
  • While our goal is to provide opportunities for our visitors to see all the animals in our care, there are times when an animal may be off view or given access to their indoor space in order for our team to provide the best care possible.
  • Reservations are not required for members.
  • Mask Policies:
    • Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests.

    • Masks are only required in areas where humans and animals are in close proximity: (Giraffe Feedings, Goat Yard, Tortoise Encounter)

Animal Encounters and Experiences Schedule

Summer Experiences

Included with Zoo Admission

Cheetah Encounter

See cheetahs do what they do best – run! Thursday-Sunday 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. Wednesday-Sunday at 11am and 2pm.

barnyard bonanza

Blakely’s Barnyard Bonanza Presented by: 

Bird Experience

Watch amazing birds mimic, fly and soar above you during this 20-minute experience in the Zoo’s amphitheater. Friday – Tuesday at 1pm and 3pm.

More information

Wings of Wonder Bird Experience Sponsored by: 


Zoo Rides & Attractions

Train & Carousel

Safari Train: daily 9:30am – 5pm

Conservation Carousel: daily 9:30am-5pm

*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 from 9:30am-4:00pm. Course closes at 5pm.

*weather permitting 

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*: 9am-5pm

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 5pm
Safari  Closed Closed

Food Locations

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

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.


Will I see baby hippo Fiona on my visit?

Temperatures must be above 40 degrees with fair conditions for our hippos to be in their outdoor habitat. (This is at the discretion of our animal care team and can change without notice.)

Does the Zoo have strollers and wheelchairs?

Stroller and wheelchair rental has resumed! Please visit the Welcome Center to rent a stroller or wheelchair. NEW! You can also rent your items online, in advance of your visit. Limited quantities are available online.

Where can I get a Zoo Gift Card?

 Zoo Bucks (Gift Certificates) are available for purchase here and can be spent anywhere at the Zoo, including admission! Gift Memberships are also available by clicking here.

Can I bring food and beverages?

Visitors are welcome to bring food and beverages to the Zoo with them. Glass and Alcohol are prohibited.

Where can I find nutritional information about food sold at the Zoo?

Please click here for nutritional information, including information about allergy needs and Zoo food!

Does the Zoo have a Lost and Found?

Yes. For all Lost and Found inquiries, please visit Membership Services/Guest Relations or call us at 513-559-7713.

Are service animals allowed in the Zoo?

Please click here for more information on service animals in the Zoo.

Do you charge for parking?

The current parking fee is $10.00 and can be paid at any ticketing window or in the parking lot. Both cash and credit cards are accepted to pay for parking.

Do you offer a military discount?

Yes. A full list of our discounts can be viewed here. You can check our list of participating reciprocal institutions here.

I was given a code from my company to obtain tickets. Where do I purchase these?

Corporate Discount Tickets can be purchased here. Please create a new account to proceed. Corporate discounts are not accepted at the Cincinnati Zoo ticketing windows and may only be purchased online.

I have a conceal/carry permit. I am allowed to bring my firearm on Zoo grounds?

The Zoo does not allow any firearm to be brought on grounds, regardless if the individual has a conceal/carry permit.

I have a question about wildlife outside of the Zoo. Who can I contact?

In an effort to make sure our keepers have enough time with their animals, we unfortunately cannot accept calls regarding questions about animals outside of the Zoo. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (1-800-WILDLIFE) is a great resource!

Photo/Video Policy

Commercial use of photographs, video and film taken at the Cincinnati Zoo is strictly prohibited without the Zoo’s full written consent.  Feel free to share photos with family and friends using #CincyZooPic!

Location Filming Guidelines: Film crews must contact [email protected] in advance to set up their video shoot and pay a fee to shoot on location.

Zoo Policies

NO SMOKING or VAPING! The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is a SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT. Call 1-866-559-OHIO for questions or to report violations.


For health and safety reasons, please do not feed the animals or disturb any plants. Bicycles, skates, Heelys, hoverboards, skateboards, roller blades, scooters and portable radios are not permitted on Zoo grounds. Please stay on paths. Pets are not permitted on Zoo grounds even if left inside vehicles. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times. Because the park remains open during inclement weather, the Zoo offers no refunds or rainchecks. Because of the varying needs of the animals, some buildings or exhibits may close early. All visitors grant the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden permission to use their image, or that of their children, in advertising, publicity and other promotions without payment or compensation to the visitor. Masks are required.