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Only two Sumatran rhinos are left on the north American Continent and both are now at the Cincinnati Zoo.  Harapan a six year old male who was born at the Cincinnati Zoo and was most recently at the Los Angeles Zoo has returned to be bred with his sister nine year old Suci. 

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Hamilton County Commissioners are expected to vote Wednesday morning on re-opening the bidding process on some Metropolitan Sewer District projects.

The board initiated the moratorium to force renewed talks between the county and the city, which runs the sewer district. At issue are several city initiated hiring policies and practices the county dislikes, and in some cases says are illegal.

The county is re-opening the bid process following a city council vote two weeks ago to suspend the hiring policies until August.

Sarah Ramsey

The Cincinnati Zoo's levy request looks to have support from at least two of Hamilton County's Commissioners.

The Zoo is asking the board to place a flat renewal of its five year levy on the November ballot.

Monday morning a committee which reviews county levies recommended the board fulfill the zoo's request.

Commissioner Greg Hartmann likes the low percentage of taxpayer funds the Zoo uses to operate.

Sarah Ramsey

The committee that reviews county tax levies is recommending Hamilton County Commissioners place a flat renewal of the Cincinnati Zoo levy on the November ballot.

That's a win for zoo as that's what it had requested.

The committee says it believes the Zoo wouldn't be able to operate at its "current high level of effectiveness without the levy funds." 

The county's Tax Levy Review Committee is also recommending the Zoo continue to look for ways to be less reliant on county taxpayers.

Sarah Ramsey

The Cincinnati Zoo's operating levy is up for renewal this fall. It's still uncertain for how much the zoo will ask. One anti-tax group is arguing if the zoo is such a boon to the entire region, then other counties should help pay for it.

Can they do that?

Zoo's Barrows Lecture Series: Dr. Steven Amstrup

May 10, 2013

The final Barrows Conservation Lecture Series presentation at the Cincinnati Zoo takes place Wednesday, May 15 and features renowned polar bear expert Dr. Steven Amstrup. He has been studying polar bears for over 30 years and, as Thane Maynard discovers in this week’s Field Notes, his current work with Polar Bears International is showing some dangerous trends affecting their habitat and ability to feed and survive.

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My-Thai, the Cincinnati Zoo's 40-year-old Asian elephant, didn't waste any time knocking her "cake" over and breaking it up. It wasn't long before My-Thai started to devour the cake, brought in by a forklift, and made of frozen gelatin, Kool-aid and mountains of fresh produce and fruit.

Happy reunion

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Just in time for "Zoo Babies" at the Cincinnati Zoo, the three-month-old Western Lowland gorilla named Gladys got to explore her new home for the first time in public Tuesday.

Kate Olukalns, Zoo Wild Encounters Coordinator, says over the course of the next few months, Gladys will be gradually introduced to the other gorillas, including several potential mother surrogates.

Currently, Gladys is being handled by a team of keepers who bottle-feed her and interact with her while wearing fur suits to encourage the idea of bonding with other gorillas.

Zoo's Barrows Lecture Series: Dr. Olivia Judson

Apr 26, 2013

The next guest in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is acclaimed evolutionary biologist and writer, Dr. Olivia Judson. Her acclaimed book, Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation has been translated into 15 different languages, became a TV special in England and Canada, and was described by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins as a "winningly sophisticated zoological comedy." She joins Thane Maynard on this phone to talk about her work, her writings and her May 1 visit to the Zoo on this week’s Field Notes.

Zoo's Barrows Lecture Series: Dr. William Conway

Apr 12, 2013

The Cincinnati Zoo’s Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speaker is a true titan in the world of animal conservation and zoos. Dr. William Conway served as director of the world-famous Bronx Zoo for 43 years, transforming it into one of the leaders of the use of naturalistic exhibitions. He has also led the Wildlife Conservation Society into one of the strongest conservation organizations in the country, operating 4 zoos and 1 aquarium in New York City. In advance of his Wednesday, April 17 talk at the Zoo, Dr. Conway joins Thane Maynard by phone on this week’s Field Notes.

John Kamanga - Barrow Lecture Series Speaker

Apr 5, 2013

The next Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speaker at the Cincinnati Zoo is John Kamanga, a Masai elder working to preserve the land of the South Rift Valley in Kenya. He’s on the phone from Kenya during Field Notes with Thane Maynard to discuss the various conservation projects he is involved with, as well as his April 11 visit to the Zoo. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award.

Zoo's Barrows Lecture Series: Dr. Colleen Begg

Mar 22, 2013

The first guest speaker for the Cincinnati Zoo’s Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is Dr. Colleen Begg, founder of the Niassa Lion Project in Mozambique. She and her husband are working diligently to protect lions from the hazards of hunters and loss of habitat. Dr. Begg is on the phone from Mozambique to talk with Thane Maynard about her efforts in advance of her appearance at the Zoo on Wednesday, March 27.


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The oldest building at any zoo nationwide is ready to debut its updated look. The Cincinnati Zoo's 138-year-old Reptile House reopens tomorrow after undergoing renovation.

Director Thane Maynard says workers found and restored a previously unknown wood and glass oculus window in the dome ceiling.

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The Cincinnati Zoo's baby gorilla could have an easier time adapting to zoo workers in the nursery now that they are wearing more realistic fur vests and coats.

Donna Salyers' Fabulous Furs is providing faux fur vests and coats designed to make zoo handlers more realistic surrogates for baby Gladys. The tiny gorilla will learn to hang on to the furry outfits while in the nursery.

The Zoo says, "Vests are incredibly important to Gladys' gorilla-fication."

EcOhio Program in Warren County

Mar 8, 2013

The Cincinnati Zoo is so much more than animals. Not only is it a leading botanical garden, but there are offsite programs to help protect and reclaim the environment. Their EcOhio sustainability program works around the Zoo in Avondale, but also at the Bowyer Farm in Warren County, where a recently completed wetland reclamation project has returned 24 acres to its natural habitat. Brian Jorg led this initiative and he’s Thane Maynard’s guest on today’s Field Notes.


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