Cincinnati Zoo

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University of Wisconsin Professor of Anthropology Dr. Karen Strier is the opening speaker for this year’s Barrows Conservation Lecture Series. in her April 9 presentation, “Primate Conservation in the 21st Century: Insights from the Muriqui Monkeys of Brazil,” Dr. Strier will trace the behavioral, ecological, and demographic changes over her 30-year study of a growing population of one of the world’s most critically endangered primates. She spoke with the Cincinnati Zoo’s Thane Maynard about her findings, and what they mean for our rapidly changing world.

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The Cincinnati Zoo is mourning the loss of an endangered Sumatran Rhino.  Zoo officials announced Monday that "Suci" died late Sunday surrounded by her keepers and veterinary staff.  

The Sixth Extinction

Mar 21, 2014
Provided, Elizabeth Kolbert

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions,  when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring a predicted sixth extinction, which this time around, will be  caused by us. In her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, author Elizabeth Kolbert describes traveling the world to document the mass extinction of species that seems to be unfolding before our eyes. She recently talked with Cincinnati Zoo’s Thane Maynard about her book, and what she’s discovered.


The Cincinnati Zoo's female giraffe, Tessa, is pregnant and due in the next few weeks. 

In a release, the zoo says  this will be Tessa's third calf.  Her last, Lulu, was born in October, 2012.  Lulu will be moving to the Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio later this spring. 

The Zoo says Tessa and father Kimba are both doing well and can be seen at the zoo.  Zoo volunteers have been watching the giraffe for signs of labor. 

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An 8-week-old bonobo (pronounced bah-NO-bow) made her official debut to the public today at the Cincinnati Zoo.  The baby girl was born November 17 to mother "Kimia" and father "Vergil."  This is the zoo's eighth bonobo birth. 

Infant bonobos are born almost helpless and have to be carried everywhere by their mothers for the first two years.

The Cincinnati Zoo is only one of eight zoos in the country to exhibit bonobos.  There are few of them left in the wild.


A one year old birthday party today for Gladys the Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo.  The baby Western-Lowland gorilla was brought to the Cincinnati zoo after her mother rejected her.  Keepers had dressed as a gorilla to help raise her.

The keepers created a gorilla birthday cake – Here's what happened when they gave it to Gladys:


Greater Cincinnati got its first taste of "extreme Christmas decorators" in 2004 when Carson Williams synced his 16,000 lights to music in Mason.