Cincinnati Zoo

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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.


Zoo names baby gorilla

Mar 1, 2013
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The Cincinnati Zoo has named its newest arrival.  This is from the Zoo's announcement today:

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This Baby Gorilla arrived at the Cincinnati Zoo today on a private flight.  The four week old was born at the Glady Porter Zoo in Brownsville, TX. 

 

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The most prolific Sumatran rhino in captivity has died.  Here's the Cincinnati Zoo's statement on the death of Ipuh:

As our urban population continues to grow, the desire for more green and growing space also continues to grow. On February 27, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens will hold a Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium featuring a panel of knowledgeable and well-respected experts discussing a wide range of ideas and solutions to maintaining the natural world in an urban setting. Scott Beuerlein from the Cincinnati Zoo will be one of those experts, and he’s in the studio with Mark Perzel to discuss the symposium.


Zoo Academy

Feb 6, 2013

While visiting the Cincinnati Zoo this year, I struck up a conversation with a few of the young people working at the zoo and was amazed to find out that they were both graduates of Zoo Academya school inside the zoo

Started in 1975, Zoo Academy is part of the Cincinnati Public School District and its part-time, vocational program became a four-year, college preparatory magnet school in 1995.

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A young, female manatee named "Woodstock" is the newest addition to the Cincinnati Zoo. The 900-pound, two-year-old arrived Friday from the Columbus Zoo.

Though born in the wild, Woodstock was rescued along with her mother off the Southwest coast of Florida in 2011. Both were victims of cold-stress (prolonged exposure to low temperatures), and while Woodstock survived, her mother did not.

Native Plants Symposium

Oct 26, 2012

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will be hosting its Native Plants Symposium on November 10, presenting a day of expert and entertaining speakers talking about such topics as native trees for use in landscaping, native plants for home landscaping, and other practical advice and suggestions. One of the speakers, Scott Beuerlein from the Zoo, stops in to talk about the details of this

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