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.
Â Â Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is one of the worldâs leading big cat experts, and has been called âThe Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservationâ by TIME Magazine. He has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and is responsible for the world's first jaguar sanctuary, the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve in the mountains of Belize. The Cincinnati Zooâs Thane Maynard had a chance to talk with Alan Rabinowitz about his work, and A Boy and a Jaguar, his picture book that tells the real-life story of his own childhood.
The Cincinnati Zoo says a baby rhino born in Buffalo was conceived using cryogenically preserved sperm.
A female Indian rhino calf was conceived at the Buffalo Zoo through artificial insemination. The sperm came from Cincinnati's former rhino named "Jimmy" who died in 2004. The calf named "Monica" was born June 5 weighing 144 pounds.
In a release, the Cincinnati Zoo calls this "a major victory for endangered species around the world."
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The next speaker in the Cincinnati Zoo Barrows Lecture Series is Dr. Terese Hart. Dr. Hart is the director of a Lukuru Foundation project that is working to create a new national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 PM, she will present, âThe Challenges of Protecting Wildlife in the Congo.â Dr. Hart spoke with the Zooâs Thane Maynard about her work.