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Cincinnati Zoo among best zoos in the country

In 2017, the Zoo had its first birth of a hippopotamus in 75 years; named Fiona, she was born six weeks prematurely and weighed only 29 pounds, which was 25 pounds less than the lowest recorded birthweight for her species (Fiona now weighs 1600 lbs)

In 2017, the Zoo had its first birth of a hippopotamus in 75 years; named Fiona, she was born six weeks prematurely and weighed only 29 pounds, which was 25 pounds less than the lowest recorded birthweight for her species (Fiona now weighs 1600 lbs)

Asia's largest land mammal stands around 10 feet tall and can live around 55 years; more than 100,000 muscles of the face, nose and upper lip combine to form the elephant's trunk

Asia's largest land mammal stands around 10 feet tall and can live around 55 years; more than 100,000 muscles of the face, nose and upper lip combine to form the elephant's trunk

Thomson's gazelles number fewer than 200,000 in the wild with their numbers declining more than 65% in the last 30 years as ranchers encroach on their habitat; these gazelles can run 70 km/hr (but lions run 80 km/hr and cheetahs 120 km/hr)

Thomson's gazelles number fewer than 200,000 in the wild with their numbers declining more than 65% in the last 30 years as ranchers encroach on their habitat; these gazelles can run 70 km/hr (but lions run 80 km/hr and cheetahs 120 km/hr)

The East African crowned crane stands about 3.5 feet tall and can live 25 years in captivity; admission to the Zoo was $23 with another $10 to park and with very cold weather keeping many animals out of view it wasn't the best bargain

The East African crowned crane stands about 3.5 feet tall and can live 25 years in captivity; admission to the Zoo was $23 with another $10 to park and with very cold weather keeping many animals out of view it wasn't the best bargain

Although it acts like a prairie dog (which is a rodent), this is a meerkat which is a carnivourous member of the mongoose family; native to the deserts and grasslands of SW Africa, meerkats weigh less than a kilogram (about the same as a squirrel)

Although it acts like a prairie dog (which is a rodent), this is a meerkat which is a carnivourous member of the mongoose family; native to the deserts and grasslands of SW Africa, meerkats weigh less than a kilogram (about the same as a squirrel)

Mexican wolves are the smallest and most endangered subspecies of the North American gray wolf; the species was totally exterminated from the wild by 1980 but zoos have been breeding the animals and releasing them into their native range in Arizona and NM

Mexican wolves are the smallest and most endangered subspecies of the North American gray wolf; the species was totally exterminated from the wild by 1980 but zoos have been breeding the animals and releasing them into their native range in Arizona and NM

The endangered Coquerel's sifaka is a type of lemur native to NW Madagascar that uses its strong legs to jump from tree to tree; in popular culture, it is known for being the species of the title character in the children's TV show Zoboomafoo

The endangered Coquerel's sifaka is a type of lemur native to NW Madagascar that uses its strong legs to jump from tree to tree; in popular culture, it is known for being the species of the title character in the children's TV show Zoboomafoo

Manatee Springs was added to the Zoo in 1999 with dozens of births here since then; manatees are increasingly endangered in the wild due to destruction of their primary food source with 2021 having the highest recorded number of manatee deaths

Manatee Springs was added to the Zoo in 1999 with dozens of births here since then; manatees are increasingly endangered in the wild due to destruction of their primary food source with 2021 having the highest recorded number of manatee deaths

Found in wetlands of the SE US, the greater siren is a primitive salamander that spends most of its time buried in sand or mud, only coming out at night to eat; the Zoo’s Reptile House is the oldest existing zoo building in the country, dating from 1875

Found in wetlands of the SE US, the greater siren is a primitive salamander that spends most of its time buried in sand or mud, only coming out at night to eat; the Zoo’s Reptile House is the oldest existing zoo building in the country, dating from 1875

Despite weighing up to 132 lbs, impalas can leap 10 ft high and 35  ft in a single bound; a 2019 reader's choice ranking of the top zoos by USA Today named the Cincinnati Zoo the best in North America (I would vote for the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park)

Despite weighing up to 132 lbs, impalas can leap 10 ft high and 35+ ft in a single bound; a 2019 reader's choice ranking of the top zoos by USA Today named the Cincinnati Zoo the best in North America (I would vote for the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park)

I was lucky to see packs of endangered African painted dogs at Kruger National Park in South Africa; the Zoo is known for being the home of Martha, the last living passenger pigeon, and to Incas, the last living Carolina parakeet, both species now extinct

I was lucky to see packs of endangered African painted dogs at Kruger National Park in South Africa; the Zoo is known for being the home of Martha, the last living passenger pigeon, and to Incas, the last living Carolina parakeet, both species now extinct

Ostriches are the world's tallest (up to 9 feet) and heaviest (up to 287 lbs) birds but also the fastest land bird (more than 40 mph); Cincinnati is home to the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the US, called Zinzinnati

Ostriches are the world's tallest (up to 9 feet) and heaviest (up to 287 lbs) birds but also the fastest land bird (more than 40 mph); Cincinnati is home to the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the US, called Zinzinnati

The Zoo is part of a program to enable tribes in the southern Rift Valley of Kenya to peacefully co-exist with lions; for example, lions have been fitted with GPS collars so that tribesmen know where to safely graze their herds away from prides of lions

The Zoo is part of a program to enable tribes in the southern Rift Valley of Kenya to peacefully co-exist with lions; for example, lions have been fitted with GPS collars so that tribesmen know where to safely graze their herds away from prides of lions

Red-crowned cranes are best known for their elaborate mating rituals which involve bowing, head-bobbing and leaping; the cranes mate for life and stay together year-round; native to East Asia, they stand about 5 feet tall and can live 25  years

Red-crowned cranes are best known for their elaborate mating rituals which involve bowing, head-bobbing and leaping; the cranes mate for life and stay together year-round; native to East Asia, they stand about 5 feet tall and can live 25+ years

Maasai giraffes, from southern Kenya and Tanzania, can be more than 17 feet tall; the Cincinnati Zoo was founded in 1873 making it the second oldest zoo in the country (Philadelphia has the oldest)

Maasai giraffes, from southern Kenya and Tanzania, can be more than 17 feet tall; the Cincinnati Zoo was founded in 1873 making it the second oldest zoo in the country (Philadelphia has the oldest)

White-handed gibbons are among the fastest of all primates; they are so fast that they barely touch a branch before swinging off and grabbing the next branch, and they 'fly' up 40 feet through the air and leap long distances before landing

White-handed gibbons are among the fastest of all primates; they are so fast that they barely touch a branch before swinging off and grabbing the next branch, and they 'fly' up 40 feet through the air and leap long distances before landing

African penguins eat sardines and anchovies in the cool waters off South Africa; unfortunately, overfishing and rising ocean temperatures are making fish harder to come by for the endangered penguin

African penguins eat sardines and anchovies in the cool waters off South Africa; unfortunately, overfishing and rising ocean temperatures are making fish harder to come by for the endangered penguin

Cheetahs can run up to 70 mph to capture their prey but need about 30 minutes to catch their breath before eating; they have larger-than-usual nostrils to increase oxygen flow, and their large lungs and heart circulate blood very efficiently

Cheetahs can run up to 70 mph to capture their prey but need about 30 minutes to catch their breath before eating; they have larger-than-usual nostrils to increase oxygen flow, and their large lungs and heart circulate blood very efficiently

The threatened rhinoceros hornbill is native to SE Asia and is Malaysia's national bird; the birds are frequently shot by poachers due to confusion with the highly sought-after helmeted hornbill and their native habitats are being rapidly destroyed

The threatened rhinoceros hornbill is native to SE Asia and is Malaysia's national bird; the birds are frequently shot by poachers due to confusion with the highly sought-after helmeted hornbill and their native habitats are being rapidly destroyed

The North American river otter has a third eyelid, or nictitating membrane, which protects the eye and allows the otter to see when swimming underwater; the river otter's eyes and ears are located high on its head for surface swimming

The North American river otter has a third eyelid, or nictitating membrane, which protects the eye and allows the otter to see when swimming underwater; the river otter's eyes and ears are located high on its head for surface swimming

The bald eagle, once down to fewer than 500 pairs in the wild, is no longer on the brink of extinction thanks to the banning of toxic pesticides like DDT, protection under the Endangered Species Act, and reintroduction of eagles born in zoos

The bald eagle, once down to fewer than 500 pairs in the wild, is no longer on the brink of extinction thanks to the banning of toxic pesticides like DDT, protection under the Endangered Species Act, and reintroduction of eagles born in zoos

The word 'hippopatmus' come from a Greek word that means 'river horse;' even though its closest relative is a whale, not a horse; they may seem slow but hippos can run 18 mph on land which is faster than humans

The word 'hippopatmus' come from a Greek word that means 'river horse;' even though its closest relative is a whale, not a horse; they may seem slow but hippos can run 18 mph on land which is faster than humans

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