Cincinnati Zoo

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6:30 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Last Passenger Pigeon, September 1, 1914

Martha, the last passenger pigeon, at the Cincinnati Zoo, 1914
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  The Passenger Pigeon was once probably the most numerous bird on earth. Population estimates from the 19th century ranged from between one and four billion. But on September 1,1914, the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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2:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Wildlife artist John Ruthven talks about Martha, the last passenger pigeon

ArtWorks mural at Eighth and Vine streets reproduces an original masterpiece by John Ruthven, "Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon."
ArtWorks

  John A. Ruthven is a naturalist, author, lecturer, and internationally acknowledged master of wildlife art, often called the “20th Century Audubon.” In 1974, he led the effort to save the last of the Cincinnati Zoo'’s 19th century bird pagodas – the one where Martha, the last of the passenger pigeons, had once lived. Mr. Ruthven is the final speaker in the Cincinnati Zoo’'s Barrows Lecture Series this year (the event is sold out). The Zoo’'s Thane Maynard talks with John Ruthven, who is the recipient of the 2014 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award.

In January of this year, Thane Maynard spoke to Joel Greenburg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. You can hear that interview by clicking here: Thane and Joel Greenburg

Cincinnati Edition, today at 1:00, 513-419-7100
6:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Plant Trial Days at the Cincinnati Zoo

Leaern about hardy perennials at the Zoo's Plant Trials Day.
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  Next Thursday, August 28, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden presents its fourth-annual Plant Trials Day, where the zoo shares the results of its testing program. Learn about the best new plants most suitable for our area, and hear presentations by horticulture experts on a variety of gardening topics, perennials, miniature trees, selecting the best plant materials and more. Here to give us a preview of Plant Trials Day are the Director of Horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo, Steve Foltz, and zoo horticulturist Scott Beuerlein.

Cincinnati Zoo
1:45 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Baby gorilla makes public debut

Asha and Mondika were greeted by an admiring crowd.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

There were lots of  "oohs and ahhhs" from the crowd of adults and kids who gathered to see 8-day-old Mondika's first public appearance at the Cincinnati Zoo Tuesday morning. 

The baby Western Lowland gorilla's public debut took place in the Zoo's outdoor gorilla yard along with Asha, the mother,  Jomo, the father, and family members M'linzi, Samantha, Anju and baby Gladys.

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Cincinnati Zoo
7:16 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Cincinnati Zoo gorilla expecting but 'ownership' is complicated matter

Hang in there, Asha! Pregnant gorilla due "any day."
Cincinnatii Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo is expecting a baby gorilla any day now. But, the little tyke won't actually belong to Cincinnati.

Neither the unborn gorilla nor its parents, Asha and Jomo, are Cincinnatians, so to speak. Though all three will live here, ownership falls to the parents' zoo of origin.

It's all part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan which helps zoos in North America regulate breeding. Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard says it's complicated but important.

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